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TEAM COMPOSITION


 CUB / Cuba

 
Team manager Omelio Jesus Castillo Perez
Coach Rodolfo Luis Sanchez Sanchez
Assistant coach Victor Andres Garcia Campos
Doctor Antonio Jose Iznaga Dapresa
Physiotherapist Arvelio Recio Hernandez
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Yosvani Gonzalez Nicolas Nicolas 18.04.1988 196 85 345 330 La Habana
  2   Inovel Romero Valdes Romero 28.01.1995 197 80 350 335 Ciego De Avila
  3 Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano Ricardo 02.10.1996 193 74 343 334 Villa Clara
  4   Javier Ernesto Jimenez Scull Jimenez 16.11.1989 198 89 352 345 Matanzas
  5 Leandro Macias Infante Macias 13.02.1990 192 70 325 318 Santiago de Cuba
  L 6   Keibel Gutierrez Torna Gutierrez 06.05.1987 178 80 305 295 Villa Clara
  L 7 Yonder Roman Garcia Alvarez Garcia 26.02.1993 183 78 325 320 Ciudad Habana
  C 8   Rolando Cepeda Abreu Cepeda 13.03.1989 198 77 359 344 S.Spiritus
  9 Livan Osoria Rodriguez Osoria 05.02.1994 201 96 345 325 Santiago de Cuba
  10   Danger Jorber Quintana Guerra Quintana 19.05.1994 200 95 343 323 La Habana
  11 Lazaro Raydel Fundora Travieso Fundora 13.02.1994 195 90 344 317 La Habana
  12   Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan Abrahan 23.02.1995 197 72 343 320 La Habana
  13 David Fiel Rodriguez Fiel 28.08.1993 204 93 374 369 Habana
  14   Osniel Cecilio Rendon Gonzalez Rendon 26.06.1996 202 90 350 340 Matanzas
  15 Dariel Albo Miranda Albo 11.02.1992 201 82 343 316 Ciudad Habana
  16   Isbel Mesa Sandoval Mesa 02.06.1989 204 89 358 331 La Habana
  17 Felix Emilio Chapman Piñeiro Chapman 05.10.1996 198 84 350 330 Mayabeque
  18   Denny De Jesus Hernandez Martinez Hernandez 24.02.1994 190 85 344 321 Pinar Del Rio
  19 Mario Luis Rivera Sanchez Rivera 26.10.1982 180 92 343 323 Pinar del Rio
  20   Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre Uriarte 04.06.1995 197 81 352 348 Sancti Spiritus
  21 Luis Guillermo Jimeno Hernandez Jimeno 04.11.1995 197 92 358 352 Matanzas
  22   Jorge Felix Caraballo Castillo Caraballo 15.10.1996 202 95 360 357 Villa Clara
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Cuba have a curious international record, some impressive achievements being intertwined with more modest results. That was partly exemplified by last year’s World League 13th-place finish which came 12 months after the team claimed a bronze medal in the competition at the expense of host nation Bulgaria. This year they line up in an intriguing Pool F alongside Tunisia, Turkey and Mexico. But a still relatively young Cuban side have repeatedly shown they are capable of rising to the challenge on the World League stage, finishing fourth twice in recent years in addition to that 2012 bronze. They were runners-up at the World Championship in 2010 and ascended to the throne at the 2011 NORCECA Championship, which earned them a place at the same year’s World Cup where they finished fifth.

Cuba made their World League debut in 1991 and their sole title triumph came in 1998. Their overall record is surpassed by just a handful of nations and they are ranked fourth on the all-time list with one gold medal, five silvers and three bronzes. Only the elite trio of Brazil, Italy and Russia sit above them in the pecking order. They also won a bronze medal at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.

Coach profile

Rodolfo Sanchez represented Cuba twice at the Olympic Games as a player. He was part of national teams that finished fourth at Barcelona 1992 and sixth four years later in Atlanta. After turning to coaching, Sanchez guided the Cubans to gold at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and at the NORCECA Under-19 Championship in Mexico the same year. He also led Cuba’s junior team to bronze at the 2011 Youth World Championship in Argentina. Luis was appointed head coach in 2013. His stated aim is to maintain his country’s status as a world volleyball power. His wife, Idalmis Gato, is a three-time Olympic champion, having triumphed with Cuba’s women’s team at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Games.