FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Coach Edwin Benne started to rebuild his team in 2011
after the country’s fifth place finish in the European
League. After a period of three years, the Dutch team is
now back in the World League having qualified for this
year’s edition following its win at the 2012 European
League, with a selection of young players.
The team made its comeback in 2009 after a six year
absence. Finishing 12
in the final ranking in 2009
proved to be a good learning experience for the young
team who went on to win five of the 12 matches in the
competition the following year.
The Netherlands has a rich history of men’s volleyball
having won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games and the
World League in addition to five silver medals and a
bronze. They sit ninth of the overall honours ladder
behind Russia, Brazil, Italy, Cuba, USA, Serbia, the
Czech Republic and Poland.
In 2011 they participated in the European League for
the first time in three years though they fell short of
making the final four with a fifth place finish.
Edwin Benne played for the
Dutch national team from 1984
to 1993, receiving 382 caps and
representing his country in two
Olympic Games. Benne has played
in The Netherlands, Germany,
Turkey, France, Japan and Italy turning to coaching in
In 1999, he took over Dutch team Omniworld,
followed by various European men’s and women’s teams
over the next 10 years. He later returned to international
volleyball, becoming assistant coach of the women’s
national team and then the Dutch men’s junior national
team.Benne has coached the men’s national team since
leading them to a win at the 2012 European
League and qualification to the 2013 World League.
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