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TEAM COMPOSITION


 FRA / France

 
Team manager FOUSSARD Pascal
Coach TILLIE Laurent
Assistant coach JOSSERAND Arnaud
Doctor VERDONCK Eric
Physiotherapist ANDREA Jean-Paul
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Jonas Aguenier Aguenier 28.04.1992 200 97 340 310 Nantes VB
  L 2   Jenia Grebennikov Grebennikov 13.08.1990 188 74 345 330 Friedrichshafen
  3 Philippe Tuitoga Tuitoga 18.12.1990 202 87 352 335 Paris Volley
  4   Antonin Rouzier Rouzier 18.08.1986 201 100 350 330 Cuneo
  5 Rafael Redwitz Redwitz 12.08.1980 190 85 330 312 Montpellier UC
  C 6   Benjamin Toniutti Toniutti 30.10.1989 183 74 320 300 Ravenne
  7 Kevin Tillie Tillie 02.11.1990 198 83 345 325 Ravenne
  8   Marien Moreau Moreau 25.10.1983 201 100 345 328 Munich
  9 Earvin Ngapeth Ngapeth 12.02.1991 194 93 358 327 Modène
  10   Kevin Le Roux Le Roux 11.05.1989 209 95 365 340 Piacenza
  11 Julien Lyneel Lyneel 15.04.1990 192 85 340 320 Montpellier
  12   Baptiste Geiler Geiler 12.03.1987 198 90 343 327 Friedrichshafen
  13 Ludovic Castard Castard 18.01.1983 195 85 348 325 AS Cannes
  14   Nicolas Le Goff Le Goff 15.02.1992 204 97 346 317 Montpellier UC
  15 Samuele Tuia Tuia 24.07.1986 195 95 345 325 Skra Belchatov
  16   Nicolas Marechal Marechal 04.03.1987 198 83 338 327 Jastrebski
  17 Franck Lafitte Lafitte 08.03.1989 203 95 350 330 Montpellier UC
  18   Yoann Jaumel Jaumel 16.09.1987 181 77 320 303 GFCA Ajaccio
  19 Nicolas Rossard Rossard 23.05.1990 183 65 315 305 Arago de Sète
  20   Thibault Rossard Rossard 28.08.1993 195 84 350 320 Toac-Tuc
  21 Mory Sidibe Sidibe 17.06.1987 193 92 367 330 Paris Volley
  22   Toafa Takaniko Takaniko 29.05.1985 192 88 340 330 Arago de Sète
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

France are enjoying a new era under coach Laurent Tillie, one of the most decorated players in the national team’s history. However, they endured a mixed 2013, placing a disappointing 10th in the World League and fifth in the European Championship. After the French missed out on qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Tillie replaced Philippe Blain at the helm. He will ultimately be judged on whether he can lead the team to Rio 2016 and end a 12-year absence from the Olympics. The first step was successful qualification for the 2013 European Championship. Tillie now hopes the World League will serve as a good testing ground for further success.

France’s volleyball history dates back to the 1948 European Championship, where they took the silver medal. More recently, France finished second behind Brazil in the 2006 World League but they have had their share of disappointment in subsequent seasons. The team failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and in the following year’s World League they narrowly missed making the final six, falling at the last hurdle to Argentina. They suffered another setback in the 2010 World League when they missed the final round and eventually finished 12th.

Coach profile

Laurent Tillie knows what it means to wear the French team colours. The former captain played for his country in 406 international matches. He won a bronze medal at the 1985 European Championship and a silver two years later. He also represented France at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He won seven titles in his homeland along with two French Cups and helped AS Cannes to a CEV Challenge Cup triumph in 1981. He also had two stints with Pallavolo Falconara in Italy during his playing career. As a coach, he led Cannes to the championship in 2005 and the French Cup in 2007. His father, Guy, represented France at international level and his son Kevin has done the same.