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Poland Team Profile

The Polish Junior menís team is based on current and former players from the Polish Federationís Volleyball school (SMS Ė in Polish). SMS, located in one of Polandís Olympic Games Arrangement Centers in Spala, is already very well known from its training programs, which allowed Polish youth and junior national teams to achieve top rankings in the past World and European Championships.

Six out of eight of last yearís SMS graduates are to be found in the line ups of Polish top division clubs and successfully performed in the 2002/2003 league season. One of them, Michal Winiarski from Galaxia Czestochowa was even called up to the Polish senior national team by head coach Waldemar Wspanialy, to the wider World League selection.

The performances on the international arena have also been impressive. Many of the team were involved when Poland finished 5th at the Boys U19 World Championship in Egypt in 2001 while another select few were members of the 2001 Youth side which collected the silver medal at the 2001 European Championships. Last year Poland finished fifth at the Junior European Championship in Poland.