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Germany’s mentor Vital Heynen shares goals and vision ahead of international season

Germany's head coach Vital Heynen has set very high goals for the coming international season
Bamberg, Germany, April 8, 2014 - On their way to the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, Germany’s national team will be first participating in this year’s World League. Their debut is set for May 23-24 with two home matches due to take place at the brose ARENA in Bamberg where the players mentored by Belgian-born coach Vital Heynen will be taking on Japan.

“We want to win a medal at the World Championship in Poland and the World League will be helping us get ready for the Worlds and get used to win matches while being under pressure,” said Heynen while attending a press conference in Bamberg. The national team is returning to this city some years after winning two matches against Romania in the 2009 edition of the CEV Volleyball European League.

“Even though this city is known for being a basketball Mecca, we also have a lot of volleyball fans out there,” said the Chairman of the local Organising Committee, Horst Feulner. “We expect minimum 2,000 fans for each competition day and hopefully we will get another 1,000 more. Our people can’t wait for the national team to come back to Bamberg five years after their last appearance here.”

“Japan plays in a totally different way than we are used to in Europe,” stressed Heynen. “The last time I played with a Japanese team was back in 1989 and since then their way of playing volleyball hasn’t changed much. I know that they have appointed a new coach and they are striving to come back to the top, but right now I can’t really single out any players that they will nominate for our matches here in Bamberg. I also do not know which players will join our training camp which is due to start on May 5. There are still many question marks and everything depends on the obligations they have towards their clubs and how they will perform in the Playoffs of their respective leagues.”

The World League is not the main goal that Heynen has set for the coming season though, the priority being the World Championship starting on August 30 in Poland. “Our goal is to win a medal in one of the next major competitions, i.e. 2014 Worlds, 2015 European Championship and 2016 Olympics. The World League will help me prepare my players for these top events. On the other hand, it is not just about getting ready for the future, of course I want to win and will never be happy with any defeat,” Heynen concluded.

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