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TEAM COMPOSITION


 CZE / Czech Republic

 
Team manager Martina VERNEROVA
Coach Zdenek SMEJKAL
Assistant coach Jindrich LICEK
Doctor Jan LESENSKY
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 VK Benátky nad Jizerou
  2   Zdenek Hanik Hanik 11.07.1986 178 80 330 315 Volley Amriswil
  3 Radek Mach Mach 28.09.1984 206 105 344 333 VK Ceske Budejovice
  4   Daniel Pfeffer Pfeffer 27.04.1990 184 80 331 322 VK Karlovarsko
  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 Montpellier volley UC
  C 7 Ales Holubec Holubec 13.03.1984 199 90 357 335 Nantes Rezé Métropole Volley
  8   Filip Habr Habr 27.04.1988 202 93 348 335 VK Ceske Budejovice
  9 Pavel Bartos Bartos 20.04.1994 191 79 335 325 SG Wladviertel
  10   Michal Finger Finger 02.09.1993 202 92 366 341 GI Group Monza
  L 11 Martin Krystof Krystof 11.10.1982 179 82 347 328 VK Ceske Budejovice
  12   Jiri Vasicek Vasicek 11.06.1992 192 84 339 323 VSC Zlin
  13 Kamil Baranek Baranek 02.05.1983 198 93 350 335 Galatasaray Istanbul
  14   Adam Bartos Bartos 27.04.1992 198 90 359 335 Nice VB
  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
  17 David Konecny Konecny 10.10.1982 193 95 350 330 Tours VB
  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 Kladno volejbal cz
  21 Marek Beer Beer 24.05.1988 201 103 350 335 Hypo Tirol Alpenvolleys
  22   Tomas Fila Fila 12.07.1985 198 95 348 320 VK Ceske Budejovice
  23 Donovan Dzavoronok Dzavoronok 23.07.1997 202 85 345 334 GI Group Monza
  L 24   Jakub Janouch Janouch 13.06.1990 194 90 336 320 VK Dukla Liberec
  25 Jan Vaclavik Vaclavik 15.04.1985 180 73 315 295 VK Ostrava
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Czech Republic are looking to revive the glory days of the team that played under the Czechoslovakian flag. The man leading the way is coach Zdenek Smejkal, who is now in his second year in charge having previously been an assistant. The 2014 World League was a mixed bag for Smejkal's team, who won six and lost six in Pool E, missing out on qualification and finishing joint-eighth in Group 2. This year they are the lowest ranked side in Pool D with France, Japan and Korea. They did not qualify for the 2014 World Championship, nor did they compete in the 2014 European League after finishing third in 2013, their second appearance in six years. 

The Czechs started in international competition with a gold medal win at the inaugural European Championship in 1948 and that kick-started a golden age for the team. They won two more European crowns in 1955 and 1958, two golds at the World Championships of 1956 and 1966, and a further eight medals in other elite tournaments. They took silver at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and followed that with the bronze four years later in Mexico City. Their only other World League campaign earned them a surprise fourth-place finish in 2003. However, it would be their last appearance for a decade and they are now ranked No.26 in the world.
Coach profile

Zdenek Smejkal served as an assistant coach for the Czech Republic men's team in 2012 and 2013 before taking over as head coach. Czech Republic finished equal eighth in Group 2 in the 2014 World League, Smejkal's maiden World League in charge. Smejkal is also the head coach of Czech Republic club team VK Ostrava and had previously coached VK Kladno. He enjoyed success with both teams, winning the 2009/2010 season league title with Kladno and the 2012/2013 title with Ostrava. Smejkal, who was born in Usti nad Orlici, played for the Czech club teams Dukla Trencin and Nymburk, before spending seven years as a player and coach with a team in Austria.