Slovakia's Halanda celebrates 60th birthday at World Championship
Lubor Halanda was born on August 30, 1954, in Nove Zamky. His wife’s name is Danica and he is father to three sons – Lubor (1977), Peter (1980) and Tomas (1992).
Halanda started his great volleyball career in 1969 as a player of Red Star Bratislava. He spent 14 seasons there, won three league titles in Czechoslovakia and was also a member of the team that won the European Champions Cup in 1979 and the Cup Winners Cup in 1981. In 1983, he moved abroad and became the first Slovak player to play in Italy, where he spent four seasons. Halanda was captain of the Czechoslovakian junior national team, which took the silver medal at the 1973 European Championship in the Netherlands. He played 76 times for the senior national team of Czechoslovakia and was a member of the team that finished sixth at the 1979 European Championship.
After a successful playing career, Halanda became a coach in Italy for four years. From 1993 to 1997, he was head coach of Slovakia’s women’s national team and then he spent two years in Saudi Arabia. After that, he worked as manager in Slovakian clubs TJ Slavia, UK Bratislava and ASK Inter Bratislava, and in 2000 he joined the Slovak Volleyball Federation. He served as General Secretary from 2000 to 2005 and in 2005 he was elected President. Halanda has also been Vice President of the Slovak Olympic Committee since 2008 and a member of the CEV Board of Administration since 2011.
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