FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 RUS / Russia

 
Team manager Artamonov Igor
Coach Voronkov Andrey
Assistant coach Busato Sergio
Doctor Arutyunov Gurgen
Physiotherapist Grevtsov Pavel
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Dmitry Kovalev Kovalev 15.03.1991 198 82 340 330 Prikamie
  C 2   Sergey Makarov Makarov 28.03.1980 196 97 337 329 Kuzbass
  3 Nikolay Apalikov Apalikov 26.08.1982 203 103 353 344 ZENIT Kazan
  4   Taras Khtey Khtey 22.05.1982 205 109 351 339 Belogorie
  5 Sergey Grankin Grankin 21.01.1985 195 96 351 320 Dinamo
  6   Evgeny Sivozhelez Sivozhelez 06.08.1986 196 90 330 320 ZENIT Kazan
  7 Nikolay Pavlov Pavlov 22.05.1982 196 93 342 321 Gubernia
  8   Denis Biriukov Biryukov 08.12.1988 202 93 352 324 Dinamo
  9 Alexey Spiridonov Spiridonov 26.06.1988 196 96 347 328 ZENIT Kazan
  10   Sergey Savin Savin 07.10.1988 201 92 343 325 Gubernia
  11 Alexey Ostapenko Ostapenko 26.05.1986 208 94 355 340 Gubernia
  12   Artem Smoliar Smoliar 04.02.1985 209 97 362 343 Gazprom-Yugra
  13 Dmitriy Muserskiy Muserskiy 29.10.1988 218 104 375 347 Belogorie
  14   Artem Volvich Volvich 22.01.1990 208 96 350 330 Lokomotiv
  15 Dmitriy Ilinykh Ilinykh 31.01.1987 201 92 338 330 Belogorie
  L 16   Alexey Verbov Verbov 31.01.1982 183 79 315 310 ZENIT Kazan
  17 Maxim Mikhaylov Mikhaylov 19.03.1988 202 103 345 330 ZENIT Kazan
  18   Alexey Rodichev Rodichev 24.03.1988 196 80 340 325 Gazprom-Yugra
  19 Maxim Zhigalov Zhigalov 26.07.1989 201 85 345 330 Belogorie
  L 20   Artem Ermakov Ermakov 16.03.1982 188 80 323 313 Dinamo
  21 Valentin Golubev Golubev 03.05.1992 190 70 310 305 Lokomotiv
  22   Denis Zemchenok Zemchenok 11.08.1987 203 93 350 333 Dinamo Krasnodar
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Russia are unquestionably a volleyball superpower, as their long tradition of success attests. The team will likely arrive at the World League ranked the second-best team in the world, behind fellow titans Brazil. Regardless of their status, they will face strong challenges in Pool B where they are up against fellow top-10 teams in the United States, Bulgaria and Serbia. Recent seasons have seen Russia underline their status as an elite team. They took gold in both the World League and World Cup in 2011. A year later, the Russians topped the podium at the London Olympic Games. Last year, by then under the charge of Andrey Voronkov, they won the European Championship, allowing Russia a maiden entry to the Grand Champions Cup where they were beaten finalists.

The USSR Volleyball Federation joined the FIVB in 1948 and the following year sent a team to compete in the first World Championship. International competitions such as the Olympic Games, World and European Championship and the World Cup soon became a happy hunting ground. The Soviet Union have won three Olympic titles (1964, 1968 and 1980), six World Championships, and four World Cups. They have been European champions 12 times. FIVB considers Russia as the inheritor of the records of the Soviet Union and the CIS.

Coach profile

Andrey Voronkov won the 1993 Cup of Russia as a player with Nizhnevartovsk and the following year helped the team take a silver medal in the CEV Cup (now known as Challenge Cup). After moving to NETAS Istanbul in Turkey, he won national titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and the Turkish Cup in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Voronkov added two more Turkish championships in 2002 and 2004 when he played for Erdermirspor. He appeared in 26 international matches for Russia, winning a silver medal in the 1998 World League. As a coach with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, he won the Russian Cup in 2010 and 2011 and the CEV Champions League in 2013. He guided Russia to the 2013 European Championship title.