FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2012


 BAK / Rabita Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan  

Team manager Mr.Ilgar IMAMGULIYEV
Coach Mr.Marcello ABBONDANZA
Assistant coach Mr.Parviz SAMADOV
Assistant coach 2 Mr. Ziya RAJABOV
Doctor Mr.Mardan VALIYEV
Physiotherapist Mr.Marco MONZONI
Journalist Mr.Shahlar MAMMADOV
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Country
  1 Dobriana Rabadzhieva Rabadzhieva 14.06.1991 190 77 305 285 BUL
  2   Angelina Hübner-Grün Hübner 02.12.1979 185 74 309 287 GER
  3 Katarzyna Skorupa Skorupa 16.09.1984 183 69 302 296 POL
  5   Natasa Krsmanovic Krsmanovic 19.06.1985 188 73 305 285 SRB
  7 Madelaynne Montaño Madelaynne 06.01.1983 188 70 335 310 COL
  8   Aurea Cruz Cruz 10.01.1982 180 63 310 290 PUR
  10 Alexandra Fomina Fomina 04.05.1975 180 73 300 285 UKR
  C 12   Mira Golubovic Golubovic 15.10.1976 188 72 310 290 SRB
  15 Sanja Starovic Starovic 25.03.1983 194 96 315 305 SRB
  16   Foluke Akinradewo Akinradewo 05.10.1987 191 79 331 300 USA
  17 Iryna Zhukova Zhukova 22.11.1974 179 72 290 270 UKR
  L 18   Suzana Cebic Cebic 09.11.1984 167 60 279 255 SRB
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Rabita Volleyball Club was first established in 2001. They earned their first silver medal in the Azerbaijani Super League in 2005, then their first gold in 2007. They have remained Azerbaijani champions every year since. The team also won silver at the Azerbaijani Cup in 2011.

The team has also branched out into international competition. After finishing in the 1/8 finals of the 2008 CEV Challenge Cup and in the 1/4 finals of the 2009 edition, in 2010 Rabita Baku did well enough to qualify for the CEV Champions League Final Four tournament. They finished third.

But the 2010/2011 season was the key year in Rabita Baku’s history. They qualified for the Final Four, surprised everyone by defeating three-time Italian Champions Scavolini Pesaro in the semi-final and took silver. This success gave Rabita Baku the chance to take part in the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship – an opportunity the team took hold of, beating all opponents and winning the final in straight sets.

Rabita Baku will participate in the 2012 FIVB Club`s World Championship to defend their crown, after which their attention will turn to the 2013 CEV Women`s Champions League and the road to qualification to the Final Four.

Coach profile

Marcello Abbondanza, the Italian coach of Rabita Baku, started his coaching career in Foppapedretti Bergamo of Italy, assistanting the famous Marco Bonitta.

He would go on to take sole responsibility for Italian Serie A2 club Volley Mazzano before spending three years with Scavolini Pesaro in Serie A1, turning it into one of the most stable and successful teams in Italy. Abbondanza then led another Italian giant, Vini Monteschiavo Jesi, through a number of successful years, followed by Volley Forli and Mc Carnaghi Villa Cortese.

He will officially start his new job with Rabita Baku for the 2012/2013 season, and the FIVB Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar is the Italian coach’s first tournament with the team. His new club will also take part in the 2012/2013 CEV Champions League tournament and expectations are very high.

Abbondanza has also been coach of the Bulgarian national team for the past two years.