HISTORY OF GREEK YOUTH MEN` S NATIONAL TEAM
The Greek Youth Men` s National team which will participate in the Final Phase of the 2011 World Championship, was created in the summer of 2009.
The first training camp regarding the team` s athletes of this age, was realized in Lagada, Thessaloniki in July of 2009. During the Balkan Championships at the end of July 2009 in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, the team on the basis of a program, played with athletes being two years younger than the ones that it could use and was ranked 6th.
This planning was proved to be right. After a series of gathering trainings in all Greek Regions and also friendly matches with other Greek teams of national categories and foreign national teams, the Youth Men` s team conquered the Gold medal in the following Balkan Championship of Bulgaria (once more in the city of Kazanlak – July 2010).
During their preparation for the qualification in the European Championship, our young athletes won the 1st position in the Christmas International Tournament held in Guadalajara, Spain in December 2010.
The initial goal, the qualification to the final phase of the European Championship, was accomplished by the attainment of the second position in the Qualification Pool of Steinbrunn, Austria (4-8 January 2011), where the Russian team won the first place.
The next goal was non other than the conquering of one of the privileged positions in the European Championship, position to ensure the team` s participation in the 2011 World Championship Final Phase.
Orestiada, Evros was the city which hosted both the Youth Men` s team preparation for the European Championship and the friendly matches with the respective teams of Bulgaria and Spain.
The hard work in Orestiada paid off with the conquering of the 6th position in the Youth Men` s European Championship organized in Ankara, Turkey, a fact which led our team to the Argentina World Championship Finals.
Youth Men` s Greek National team goes now for its next major goal:The best possible performance in the World Championship Finals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the case that this goal is achieved, the Greek team shall be placed among the significant and most powerful teams in World Volleyball.