Cuba made their debut in the FIVB Volleyball World League in 1991 and since then have been involved in 14 finals, winning the title once in 1998.
The side have qualified for the finals in the last two editions, and after training throughout the year, the players and technical staff are eager to make it a three years in a row.
A relatively young side, led by the inspirational Wilfredo Leon, Cuba have proven in recent years to be up to the task having finished fourth in the FIVB World League on two occasions, been runners-up at the FIVB World Championship (in 2010) and ascended to the throne at the 2011 NORCECA Championship, which earned them a place at last year’s FIVB World Cup where they finished fifth.
With such great natural talent and a highly valued technical staff, there’s no doubting that the glory days of the 90s won’t be far away again. Youth is on their side and with such an astute coach in Orlando Samuels at the helm, the combination is exciting to say the least and the future is bright, especially when you consider that many of the current squad featured in the team which won silver at the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship in 2009.