FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Germany is coming off of its most successful period
in its history, after finishing fifth at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London and reaching the final round of the
World League for the first time – also placing fifth
under new coach Vital Heynen.
For 37 years, Germany tried to realise their dream of
participating in the Olympics. They finally got there
in 2008, finishing ninth after which time they parted
company with coach Stelian Moculescu, who had
announced his retirement.
During Moculescu’s term, Germany became a world-
class team, finishing ninth in the 2006 FIVB World
Championship and fifth in the European Championship.
Under former Poland coach Raúl Lozano, the team won
the 2009 European League, qualified for the 2010
World Championships and the 2010World League, and
placed sixth at the European Championships in 2009.
Vital Heynen has been coach of
the DVV (Deutscher Volleyball-
Verband) men’s team since
February 2012, taking over from
Raúl Lozano. Heynen led the team
to the 2012 Olympic Games in
London and a fifth place finish at the World League
final round for the first time in Germany’s history. For
the 2013 season, Heynen has formed a team with
experienced players and new faces. He speaks English,
French, Dutch and German.