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World League 2011
22nd Edition

 
 POR / Portugal - Team Composition

 
Team manager Nuno NUNES
Head coach Juan DIAZ
Assistant coach Hugo SILVA
Doctor Carlos MAGALHAES
Therapist / trainer Nelson LEITAO
Journalist Carlos FONTES
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Marcel Keller Gil Marcel 8/05/1990 206 94 352 333 SL Benfica
  L 2   Carlos Teixeira Teixeira 11/03/1976 184 84 311 293 Stade Poitevin Poitiers
  3 Manuel Silva M. Silva 28/12/1973 192 96 345 325 SC Espinho
  4   Joao Malveiro Malveiro 8/12/1979 198 90 341 337 SC Espinho
  5 Marco Ferreira Marco 4/10/1987 202 94 359 337 SC Espinho
  6   Alexandre Ferreira Alex 13/11/1991 203 87 361 346 Trentino Volley
  7 Ivo Casas Ivo 21/09/1992 182 71 290 278 Castelo Maia GC
  8   Tiago Da Silva Violas Violas 27/03/1989 193 82 326 303 Vitoria SC
  9 Carlos Fidalgo Fidalgo 16/05/1987 198 95 343 337 Vitoria SC
  10   Filipe Pinto F. Pinto 26/02/1991 194 85 335 314 SC Espinho
  11 Frederico Siqueira Fred 5/04/1983 206 105 350 348 VC Argez Duvel Puurs
  12   Joao Jose J. Jose 7/06/1978 195 87 352 345 AJF Bastardo
  13 Valdir Sequeira Valdir 22/11/1981 196 86 351 344 SK Posojilnica Aich/Dob
  C 14   Flavio Cruz Flavio 28/08/1982 195 86 348 341 SL Benfica
  15 Rui BOTAS DOS SANTOS Ruca 24/03/1984 203 98 343 331 Chenois Volleyball Club
  16   Hugo Gaspar H. Gaspar 2/09/1982 200 83 354 343 SL Benfica
  17 Joao Fidalgo J. Fidalgo 2/11/1986 172 67 307 285 Vitoria SC
  18   Andre Reis Lopes Andre 12/09/1982 193 86 342 332 AS Cannes
  19 Jose Monteiro Ze Pedro 21/10/1991 180 70 301 290 SC Espinho
  20   Joao Simoes Simoes 11/06/1986 194 86 337 322 Castelo Maia GC
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The arrival of former Cuban coach Juan Diaz in 2000 was a turning point for Portugal as they targeted being among the world’s elite teams. After two years with Qatar, Juan Diaz returned in 2009 and again reinvigorated the team. Portugal hosted the Final Four of the European League in 2009 and took the bronze medal, but 2010 far exceeded that. Portugal achieved their best ever record: in 20 official matches, Portugal won 18 and lost only two, and triumphed in the European League with a 3-1 win over Spain. Portugal participated in the World League for the first time in 1999 and shocked everyone as they beat Cuba and pushed Argentina and France. In the 2005 World League, Portugal achieved their best ever result, finishing fifth and beating Brazil in straight sets. In 2006, under the direction of Brazilian Francisco dos Santos, Portugal participated in their seventh World League, and a year later they hosted the Final Four of the European League when they came close to claiming their first international trophy, but ended up losing 3-2 to Spain in the final. 


Coach profile

Juan Diaz Mariño was born in Cuba in 1948 and became a Portuguese citizen in 2009. After playing for P.Rio Clube, he joined Cuba’s coaching staff in 1972 and coached the Cuba youth team from 1974 to 1984 before returning to the senior team. From 1987 to 1992, he led the coaches’ team for the youth side and coached in two Beach Volleyball World Championships. After a spell as assistant coach, he was named Cuba’s head coach in 1994, staying in the job until 2000 and winning the World League in 1998. He had his first spell with Portugal from 2001 to 2005 and helped them qualify for the 2002 World Championship. After two years with the Qatar National team, Juan Diaz returned to work in Portugal.


 

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