FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 FRA / France - Team Composition

 
Team manager Castan Gérard
Head coach Blain Philippe
Assistant coach Trillon Jocelyn
Doctor Blanc Jacques
Therapist / trainer Andréa Jean-Paul
Journalist Baillou Nicolas
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 José Trèfle Trefle 16.01.1980 198 92 352 325
  L 2   Jenia Grebennikov Grebennikov 13.08.1990 188 74 345 330
  3 Gérald Hardy-Dessources Hardy-Dessources 09.02.1983 197 93 360 335
  4   Antonin Rouzier Rouzier 18.08.1986 201 100 350 330
  5 Romain Vadeleux Vadeleux 12.02.1983 196 100 355 335
  6   Benjamin Toniutti Toniutti 30.10.1989 183 74 320 300
  7 Nicolas Marechal Marechal 04.03.1987 198 83 338 327
  8   Marien Moreau Moreau 25.10.1983 201 100 345 328
  9 Guillaume Samica Samica 28.09.1981 198 84 355 327
  10   Jean-Philippe Sol Sol 01.01.1986 198 92 345 325
  11 Julien Lyneel Lyneel 15.04.1990 192 85 340 320
  12   Earvin Ngapeth Ngapeth 12.02.1991 194 93 358 327
  C 13 Pierre Pujol Pujol 13.07.1984 186 90 335 315
  14   Toafa Takaniko Takaniko 29.05.1985 192 88 340 330
  15 Samuele Tuia Tuia 24.07.1986 195 95 345 325
  16   Kevin Tillie Tillie 02.11.1990 198 83 345 325
  17 Horacio d'Almeida d'Almeida 11.06.1988 200 100 355 330
  18   Jean-François Exiga Exiga 09.03.1982 176 75 320 312
  19 Baptiste Geiler Geiler 12.03.1987 198 90 343 327
  20   Kevin Le Roux Le Roux 11.05.1989 209 95 365 340
  21 Yannick Bazin Bazin 18.06.1983 190 95 337 315
  22   Edouard Rowlandson Rowlandson 20.07.1988 190 89 330 310
  23 Marc Zopie Zopie 31.05.1987 198 87 368 328
  24   Ludovic Castard Castard 18.01.1983 195 85 348 325
  25 Xavier Kapfer Kapfer 07.11.1981 191 96 354 320
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

France finished second behind Brazil in the 2006 FIVB World League after several years of success, but they have struggled to live up to the early promise of the past decade. In 2008, France failed to qualify for the Olympic Games and Philippe Blain's team ended a disappointing 10th in the 2008 World League. In the 2009 World League they narrowly missed making the Final Six after falling at the last hurdle to Argentina. However, they turned things around and qualified for the World Championship in Poland, before winning silver at the European Championships. They suffered heartbreak again in the 2010 World League when they were pipped to the Final Round and eventually finished 12th. At the World Championship in Italy later in the year they could only go one better, coming in 11th before again finishing 12th at the 2011 World League and seventh at the 2011 European Championship.

France took the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championship, their first appearance in the tournament in 12 years, and moved up to fifth in the FIVB World Rankings. They then went on to take silver at the 2003 European Championship.
Coach profile

Philippe Blain, who enjoyed a successful playing career from 1980 to 1991, has been coach of France since 2001. Highlights of the 50-year-old’s coaching career with France include a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, silver at the 2003 and 2009 European Championship, qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and silver at the 2006 World League Finals. However, the team failed to capitalize on their silver medal at the 2009 European Championships, finishing a disappointing 11th at the 2010 World Championship in Italy and 12th in the last two World Leagues.