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  2008 Men's World Olympic Qualification
 PUR / Puerto Rico - Team Composition
Team manager Noel MARRERO
Head coach Carlos D. CARDONA
Assistant coach Alejandro C.H. ARCONADA
Therapist / trainer Juan RIVERA
Journalist Jessica ROSA ANDINO
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Jose Rivera Rivera 02.07.1977 192 85 325 320 Carolina
L 2   Gregory Berrios Berrios 24.01.1979 182 83 305 299 Arecibo
3 Emanuel Batista Batista 12.01.1989 187 68 300 292 Naranjito
4   Victor Rivera Rivera 30.08.1976 195 88 345 329 Guaynabo
5 Victor Bird Bird 16.03.1982 195 90 335 328 Guaynabo
6   Angel Perez Perez 20.05.1982 190 86 325 318 Guaynabo
7 Enrique Escalante Escalante 06.08.1984 195 88 330 324 Guaynabo
8   Rene Esteves Esteves 25.11.1977 199 90 340 333 Adjuntas
9 Luis Rodriguez Rodriguez 13.07.1969 202 89 340 333 Guaynabo
10   Ivan Perez Perez 13.02.1985 190 86 305 298 Mayaguez
11 Julio Gabriel Acevedo Acevedo 03.01.1985 188 89 298 290 Corozal
C 12   Hector Soto Soto 28.06.1978 197 85 340 332 Arecibo
13 Alexis Matias Matias 21.07.1974 195 88 335 325 Guaynabo
14   Fernando Morales Morales 04.02.1982 194 93 325 318 Guaynabo
15 Angel Matias An. Matias 30.07.1976 179 59 294 287 Mayaguez
16   Angel Ruiz Ruiz 18.10.1984 190 88 302 294 San Sebastian
17 Juan Figueroa Figueroa 06.03.1986 189 88 335 325 Arecibo
18   Edwin Leonardo Aquino Aquino 09.11.1984 196 82 320 310 San Sebastian
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile
The Puerto Ricans take part in a World Olympic Qualification Tournament for the first time after finishing second at their Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in January, when the team lost a dramatic Final Match to USA.

This followed an extremely successful 2007. Led by the irrepresible Héctor “Picky” Soto, the national team finished second in both the NORCECA Championship and Pan-American Cup and sixth in an historical debut at the FIVB 2007 World Cup, a performance that included victories over USA, Spain and Japan.

Soto produced a stunning performance during the FIVB World Cup, notching a new point record of 43 in a match against Korea. Soto won the Best Scorer award in all competitions in which he participated in 2007.

Puerto Rico Team has prepared well for tough matches against hosts Portugal and 2006 World Championship runners-up Poland, and will proceed with caution ahead of its first-ever confrontation with Indonesia.

Puerto Rico play exhibition matches against France and Italy as part of their preparations for the tournament, where the national team will be looking to qualify for the Summer Games for the first time.

Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation President Carlos Beltran said four matches were confirmed against the French and Italian national teams.

Prior to arriving in Portugal, the Puerto Ricans were set to travel to Paris on May 15 where they will be reunited with their players currently performing in the different European Leagues. They will train at the Paris Volley Club till May 19, when the team will go to Milan until May 24. They go back to France for a match on May 27.

Carlos D. Cardona led the Puerto Rico Men's National Team to a fantastic performance at the 2007 FIVB World Cup and 2007 NORCECA Continental Championship, but his excellent coaching record goes a lot further back than that.

Cardona, born in Rosario, Argentina, began a successful coaching career soon after graduation from university. He has spent time coaching in the Argentina National League, the Italian Serie A (with three different clubs, Grottazzolina, Petrolifano and Gioia) and also in the Italian Serie B (with Grottazzolina and Piceno).

In 2003, he moved to Puerto Rico to coach club side San Juan Playeros in the Puerto Rico Men's League. In this successful spell, Cardona guided his team to the Final Series once and various semi-finals.

The Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation noticed Cardona's good work and in 2006 selected him to coach the national team for that year's FIVB Men’s World Championship in Japan.

In September 2007, after time away, Cardona returned to Puerto Rico and with just a short period of preparation united the national team and guided them to an historical second-place finish in the NORCECA Championship before a commendable sixth place spot at the FIVB World Cup.