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TEAM COMPOSITION


 CZE / Czech Republic

 
Team manager Martina VERNEROVA
Coach Zdenek SMEJKAL
Assistant coach Jindrich LICEK
Doctor Robert JUZEK
Physiotherapist Martin SEDLAK
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Jakub Vesely Vesely 02.09.1986 207 100 356 340 KS AZS Czestochowa SSA
  2   Zdenek Hanik Hanik 11.07.1986 178 80 330 315 VK Ostrava
  3 Radek Mach Mach 28.09.1984 206 105 344 333 VK Ceske Budejovice
  4   Tomas Hysky Hysky 02.11.1983 203 94 356 335 VK Dukla Liberec
  5 Jiri Kral Kral 08.07.1981 202 101 356 331 Beauvais Oise Universite Club
  6   Karel Linz Linz 20.04.1986 200 92 349 331 Dorozhnik Krasnoyarsk
  7 Ales Holubec Holubec 13.03.1984 199 90 357 335 UGS Nantes Reze M. V.
  C 8   Filip Habr Habr 27.04.1988 201 92 348 335 VK Ceske Budejovice
  9 Pavel Bartos Bartos 20.04.1994 191 79 335 325 VSC Zlin
  10   Michal Finger Finger 02.09.1993 202 89 361 336 volleyball.cz CZU Praha
  11 Martin Krystof Krystof 11.10.1982 179 78 310 300 SCC Berlin
  12   David Juracka Juracka 27.05.1989 182 78 320 310 VO Pribram
  13 Kamil Baranek Baranek 02.05.1983 198 93 350 335 Tours VB
  14   Adam Bartos Bartos 27.04.1992 198 85 350 330 VSC Zlin
  15 Jan Stokr Stokr 16.01.1983 205 113 368 348 Dinamo Krasnodar
  16   Tomas Siroky Siroky 26.10.1982 196 100 348 325 VK Ostrava
  L 17 Jan Kuliha Kuliha 24.05.1990 198 90 348 330 VK Ceske Budejovice
  18   Michal Krisko Krisko 23.11.1988 200 93 356 330 VK Ceske Budejovice
  19 Petr Michalek Michalek 19.08.1989 190 80 344 325 VK Ceske Budejovice
  20   Vladimir Sobotka Sobotka 07.05.1985 203 93 350 328 VK Ceske Budejovice
  21 Marek Beer Beer 24.05.1988 201 101 354 334 VK Dukla Liberec
  22   Vaclav Kopacek Kopacek 21.10.1982 182 80 314 298 VK Dukla Liberec
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The Czech Republic boast a stunning track record of achievement under the Czechoslovakian flag and are looking to revive the glory days under the guidance of recently appointed coach Zdenek Smejkal. He may be new to the top job but Smejkal has performed the role of national team assistant for the past two seasons. If the Czechs are hoping 2014 will provide an upswing in fortunes they seem to be on the right track after earning third place in last year’s European League, their first foray into the continental competition for six years.

The Czechs boast a special place in volleyball history, having started in international competition with a gold medal win at the inaugural European Championship in 1948. That kick-started a golden age for the team, who won two more European crowns in 1955 and 1958, two gold medals at the World Championships of 1956 and 1966, and a further eight medals in other elite tournaments. The Czechs took the silver medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and followed that with the bronze four years later in Mexico City. Their solitary participation to date in the World League earned them a surprise fourth-place finish in 2003. However, it proved to be a false dawn for the Czechs ahead of a 10-year absence from the event.

Coach profile

Zdenek Smejkal served as assistant coach to the Czech Republic men’s team for two seasons under the reign of Dutchman Stewart Bernard before he took over the top job in 2013. Smejkal will be well informed on the talent pool at his disposal thanks to a wealth of experience at club level in his homeland. He won the Czech Republic national league title in the 2009/10 season as head coach of VK Kladno, and added a second national championship to his list of accomplishments at the helm of VK Ostrava three years later. In the 2011-12 season he guided his team to victory in the Czech and Czech-Slovak Cup. Smejkal’s career has also taken in a stint as head coach in the Austrian League.