98
RUSSIA
8
th
No.
Players
Name / First Name
Nickname
Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
Caps
WCH OG OTH Total
Club
1
Abrosimov Alexander
Abrosimov
25.08.1983
206
80
341
325
28
28
Fakel Novy Urengoy
2
Biriukov Denis
Biryukov
08.12.1988
202
93
352
324
9
52
61
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
3
Apalikov Nikolay
Apalikov
26.08.1982
203
105
353
344
45
45
Zenit Kazan
C 4 Khtey Taras
Khtey
22.05.1982
205
109
351
339
15
7
110
132
Lokomotiv-Belogorie
5
Grankin Sergey
Grankin
21.01.1985
195
96
351
320
18
7
126
151
Dinamo Moscow
6
Sivozhelez Evgeny
Sivozhelez
06.08.1986
196
89
330
320
9
25
34
Zenit Kazan
7
Makarov Sergey
Makarov
28.03.1980
196
97
337
329
9
46
55
Fakel Novy Urengoy
8
Tetyukhin Sergey
Tetyukhin
23.09.1975
197
89
345
338
24 21
367
412
Lokomotiv-Belogorie
L 9 Sokolov Alexander
Sokolov
01.03.1982
193
97
315
310
42
42
Fakel Novy Urengoy
10
Berezhko Yury
Berezhko
27.01.1984
198
90
346
338
11
7
95
113
Zenit Kazan
C 11 Ushakov Konstantin
Ushakov
24.03.1970
198
77
343
332
31 30
436
497
Kuzbass
12
Butko Alexander
Butko
18.03.1986
198
97
339
327
40
40
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
13
Muserskiy Dmitriy
Muserskiy
29.10.1988
218
104
375
347
8
44
52
Lokomotiv-Belogorie
14
Shcherbinin Dmitry
Shcherbinin
10.09.1989
205
95
350
335
4
6
10
Dinamo Moscow
15
Ilinykh Dmitriy
Ilinykh
31.01.1987
201
92
338
330
36
36
Lokomotiv-Belogorie
16
Kruglov Pavel
Kruglov
17.09.1985
205
98
351
342
108
108
Dinamo Moscow
C 17 Mikhaylov Maxim
Mikhaylov
19.03.1988
203
105
345
330
9
8
84
101
Zenit Kazan
18
Volkov Alexander
Volkov
14.02.1985
210
90
360
335
17
7
134
158
Zenit Kazan
19
Rodichev Alexey
Rodichev
24.03.1988
196
80
340
325
Gazprom-Yugra
L 20 Obmochaev Alexey
Obmochaev
22.05.1989
189
84
325
310
3
3
Zenit Kazan
21
Abramov Pavel
Abramov
23.04.1979
200
87
347
336
16
7
152
175
Iskra
22
Kazakov Alexey
Kazakov
18.03.1976
217
112
358
344
20 15
341
376
Ural
23
Verbov Alexey
Verbov
31.01.1982
183
79
315
310
17 16
134
167
Iskra
24
Moroz Pavel
Moroz
26.02.1987
205
105
352
343
Kuzbass
25
Kobzar Igor
Kobzar
13.04.1991
198
86
337
315
Gazprom-Yugra
Russia fail to deliver
As defending champions and FIVB World Cup
holders, an eighth-place finish in 2012 for
Russia – the worst result yet for a team that
have medalled in 14 of their 20 World League
appearances – was a surprise to most people,
particularly as coach Vladimir Alekno had selected
six of his CEV Champions League winning Zenit
Kazan players for his squad. But Alekno wasn’t
around to watch over his players in the first two
rounds – in Japan and the Dominican Republic –
as he was recovering from back surgery. Sergio
Busato took over in Alekno’s absence. Russia had
a slow start, having to play three five-set matches
in the opening weekend, including wins over
Serbia and Japan, and a loss to Cuba. Cuba were
Russia’s nemesis throughout Pool A, defeating
Russia 3-1 in their next two meetings and moving
to the top of the standings. Russia did eventually
manage to beat Cuba on the penultimate day of
action but by then Cuba had already qualified for
the Finals – and Russia hadn’t. They eventually
finished second in Pool A, level on 20 points with
third-place Serbia but eight behind Cuba.
C=Captain, L=Libero, WCH=World Championships, OG=Olympic Games, OTH=Other
Only players who played in the 2012 World League are listed in black