96
FRANCE
7
th
No.
Players
Name / First Name
Nickname
Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
Caps
WCH OG OTH Total
Club
1
Trèfle José
Trèfle
16.01.1980
197
92
352
325
12
12
Arago de Sète
L 2 Grebennikov Jenia
Grebennikov
13.08.1990
188
74
340
330
27
27
Rennes EC
3
Hardy-Dessources Gérald
Hardy-Dessources 09.02.1983
197
93
360
335
11
80
91
Top Volley SRL Latina (ITA)
4
Rouzier Antonin
Rouzier
18.08.1986
201
97
350
330
9
110
119
Zaksa (POL)
5
Vadeleux Romain
Vadeleux
12.02.1983
196
100
355
335
20
98
118
Rennes EC
6
Toniutti Benjamin
Toniutti
30.10.1989
183
72
320
300
17
17
Arago de Sète
7
Marechal Nicolas
Marechal
04.03.1987
198
83
338
327
9
70
79
Stade Poitevin
8
Moreau Marien
Moreau
25.10.1983
201
100
345
328
69
69
Arago de Sète
9
Samica Guillaume
Samica
28.09.1981
198
84
355
327
20
5
149
174
Zaksa (POL)
10
Sol Jean-Philippe
Sol
01.01.1986
198
88
345
325
67
67
Stade Poitevin
11
Lyneel Julien
Lyneel
15.04.1990
192
85
340
320
25
25
Montpellier
12
Ngapeth Earvin
Ngapeth
12.02.1991
192
87
335
316
37
37
Bre Banca Cuneo (ITA)
C 13 Pujol Pierre
Pujol
13.07.1984
190
90
335
315
20
162
182
Fart Kielce (POL)
14
Takaniko Toafa
Takaniko
29.05.1985
193
96
340
330
16
16
AS Cannes
15
Tuia Samuele
Tuia
24.07.1986
195
95
345
325
64
64
Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS)
16
Tillie Kevin
Tillie
02.11.1990
198
75
345
325
UC Irvine (USA)
17
d'Almeida Horacio
d'Almeida
11.06.1988
200
100
355
330
Tours VB
L 18 Exiga Jean-François
Exiga
09.03.1982
176
75
315
300
9
98
107
Macerata (ITA)
19
Geiler Baptiste
Geiler
12.03.1987
196
80
335
318
25
25
Arago de Sète
20
Le Roux Kevin
Le Roux
11.05.1989
208
92
355
335
5
8
13
AS Cannes
21
Bazin Yannick
Bazin
18.06.1983
190
95
337
315
22
22
Chaumont VB
22
Rowlandson Edouard
Rowlandson
20.07.1988
190
89
330
310
9
31
40
Arago de Sète
23
Zopie Marc
Zopie
31.05.1987
198
87
368
328
Stade Poitevin
24
Castard Ludovic
Castard
18.01.1983
195
85
344
321
11
80
91
Arago de Sète
25
Kapfer Xavier
Kapfer
07.11.1981
191
96
354
320
11
29
40
Fart Kielce (POL)
France look to the future
With a world ranking of 16 and in Pool C with
USA, Italy and Korea, not many people would
have put their money on France to qualify for the
Finals in Sofia. But as the Intercontinental Round
drew to a close, anyone who did would have had
a nervous few days. France kicked off the 2012
FIVB World League with a shock 3-1 win over
USA in Florence. Despite a loss to Italy, French
coach Philippe Blain was not unhappy – quite the
opposite. “This match makes me happy because
it was useful to let the team grow,” he said. “It
wasn’t easy to play in front of 6,000 Italian fans.
I feel confident for the future.” That confidence
was well-founded as France defeated Italy in their
remaining three matches in Pool C. They ended
USA’s seven-match winning streak with a 3-2
victory in Dallas on the penultimate day of action,
before beating Korea 3-0 to give themselves a
chance of qualifying. Italy took a 2-1 lead against
USA but couldn’t sustain it and lost 3-2. The
results meant USA (9-3) finished with 26 points
while France (9-3) finished with 24, and would
not get into the Finals to try and equal their silver-
medal performance from 2006.
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