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TEAM COMPOSITION


 SVK / Slovakia

 
Team manager HUBA Slavomir
Coach GULINELLI Flavio
Assistant coach KARDOS Marek
Doctor
Physiotherapist TUHY Peter
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Milan Bencz Bencz 05.09.1987 206 99 363 342 Itely Milano (ITA)
  2   Tomas Krisko Krisko 19.12.1988 202 91 350 328 Spartak VKP Myjava (SVK)
  C 3 Emanuel Kohut Kohut 21.07.1982 206 97 359 345 Cuneo (ITA)
  4   Martin Repak Repak 31.03.1981 191 90 330 308 St. Nazaire (FRA)
  L 5 Matej Kubs Kubs 26.05.1988 188 76 341 315 VK Prievidza (SVK)
  6   Martin Vlk Vlk 09.07.1984 191 85 333 318 Bielsko Biala (POL)
  7 Tomas Halanda Halanda 25.04.1992 195 85 350 330 Mitteldeutschland (GER)
  8   Michal Cerven Cerven 16.12.1977 205 105 345 330 Ajaccio VB (FRA)
  9 Roman Ondrusek Ondrusek 06.02.1980 191 88 330 318 Cambrai Volley (FRA)
  10   Igor Rehak Rehak 31.03.1989 200 85 345 320 VK Ostrava (CZE)
  11 Peter Janusek Janusek 25.04.1983 200 90 340 329 Foinikas SC Syros Island (GRE)
  12   Matej Patak Patak 08.06.1990 197 88 353 330 Beauvais (FRA)
  13 Martin Sopko Sopko 30.01.1982 195 90 354 330 Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR)
  14   Simon Krajcovic Krajcovic 28.06.1996 205 94 351 330 COP Trencin (SVK)
  15 Juraj Zatko Zatko 05.06.1987 192 87 347 320 Politechnika Warszawska (POL)
  16   Jozef Piovarci Piovarci 09.11.1984 206 105 345 330 Czarni Radom (POL)
  17 Frantisek Ogurcak Ogurcak 24.04.1984 198 87 348 321 Vibo Valentia (ITA)
  18   Lubos Kostolani Kostolani 28.11.1990 203 95 352 335 VSC Zlín (CZE)
  19 Michal Hruska Hruska 13.03.1987 197 93 340 320 SK Aich/Dob (AUT)
  20   Peter Kasper Kasper 12.03.1985 201 105 345 330 KS Cuprum Lubin (POL)
  21 Miroslav Jakubov Jakubov 04.06.1987 197 90 339 324 Chemes Humenne (SVK)
  22   Filip Palgut Palgut 23.09.1991 202 90 348 315 Mitteldeutschland (GER)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Slovakia will be making their World League debut in the 2014 edition. Drawn in Pool G alongside Puerto Rico, China and Spain, Flavio Gulinelli's men enter the tournament ranked 36th in the world. They were close to participating in the 2011 World League, but lost to Canada in a qualifying match.

Since the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Slovakia have not competed at the World Championship or Olympic Games. They have been regular competitors in continental tournaments and the team has recently shown an encouraging improvement. They won the European League in 2008 and 2011, and finished third in 2007. At the 2011 European Championship the team, mentored by current Turkey coach Emanuele Zanini, finished fifth. In 2013 they narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2014 World Championship. In front of a home crowd in Poprad, a victory against Greece increased home expectations that they could qualify for a first finals appearance, but a crushing 3-0 defeat to Ukraine meant Slovakia needed to beat Finland to make the cut. In a close match they lost 3-2, losing the final set 15-10.

Coach profile

Flavio Gulinelli is the second Italian coach to lead Slovakia in recent seasons and brings a wealth of experience to the job. He was assistant coach to Italy men’s teams that won gold at the 1998 World Championship and the 1997 World League. Gulinelli has coached at several clubs in Italy’s Serie A1. As assistant coach with Maxicono Parma, he won the league and Italian Cup twice each, along with the 1989 Club World Championship, the 1990 European Super Cup, the 1990 CEV Cup Winners Cup and the 1992 CEV Cup. He served as head coach of Portugal’s men’s team and also worked at clubs in Turkey. He shares his Slovakia duties with his role as head coach of Russian club Ural Ufa.