FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2012


 AAR / Al-Arabi
Doha, Qatar  

Team manager Aman Saeed
Coach Mauro Grasso
Assistant coach Mawia Al-Ajnaf
Assistant coach 2 Nasser Al-Sulatti
Physiotherapist Wossimm Hmisswi
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Country
  1 Ribeiro Renan Renan 30.12.1989 195 90 330 315 BRA
  2   Mohamed Jumah Jumah 14.04.1985 199 70 335 325 QAT
  C 3 Saeed Al-Jamaani Saeed.S 11.01.1973 186 75 0 0 QAT
  4   Al-Soud Abdul Aziz Aziz 11.04.1985 180 75 0 0 QAT
  6 Christian Pampel Pampel 06.09.1979 202 100 340 340 GER
  L 7   Richard Lambourne Lambourne 06.05.1975 190 90 324 312 USA
  9 Ahmed A.M. Al Bakhet Ahmed 01.09.1983 198 82 533 344 KSA
  10   Dante Boninfante Boninfante 07.03.1977 194 75 334 315 ITA
  14 Matti Oivanen Oivanen Ma 26.05.1986 198 90 355 320 FIN
  15   Leonardo Rangel Moura Gonçalves Leonardo 17.02.1992 204 95 340 340 BRA
  16 Mohamed Ibrahim Ibrahim 15.08.1985 207 90 340 340 QAT
  18   Al-Hitmi Saed Saeed 13.06.1974 183 86 335 325 QAT
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

 Al-Arabi had automatically qualified for the last three editions by virtue of being the League champions of the host nation. But they failed to make a strong impression, being unable to advance past the group stage in any of those tournaments.

In 2012 the team came out with a new determination, winning the Asian Club Championship in Shanghai, China, to earn a berth at the Club Words as continental champions.

They are determined to make the most of this turnaround as they fine-tune their preparations for their fourth appearance in the tournament. They know it’s time to make dramatic improvements to their performance, instead of the incremental gains they’ve had before – though Al-Arabi lost all their group matches in 2009, they had one victory in each of the 2010 and 2011 editions. This time, they are eyeing at least a semifinal berth.

Coach profile

Mauro Grasso joined Al-Arabi last month. He has since been racing to get the the team ready ahead of the 2012 Club World Championships.

The Brazilian is aware that Al Arabi has not been able to advance past the group stage in the previous three editions of the championships, all of which were hosted in Doha.

Grasso earlier managed Brazil’s Pinheiros and Puerto Rico’s Mets de Guaynabo. T
he Brazilian has also coached Italian clubs during a coaching career spanning more than two decades. He said working with a young Al Arabi side is what motivated him to move out of the European and Latin American continent to the Gulf.

The father of four said the Qatar assignment is a learning experience for him and he is eager to meet coaches from the region.