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Guidetti and Heynen receive contract extensions until 2016

With cheering fans in the background, Vital Heynen (left) and and Giovanni Guidetti (right) sign the extension to their contract until 2016 as DVV President Thomas Krohne looks on

Berlin, Germany, March 3, 2013 – The German Volleyball Federation (DVV) has extended the contracts of Giovanni Guidetti and Vital Heynen, who coach the women’s and men’s national teams respectively, until the end of the current Olympic cycle in 2016. The announcement was made by the President of the German Volleyball Federation Thomas Krohne on Sunday at the DVV Cup final in Halle, Westfalen.  

Guidetti, who has coached the women’s national volleyball team since 2006, took the women to a silver medal finish in last year’s European Championship, qualifying the team for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014.  He also took the national team to a silver medal finish at the 2011 European Championship. Vital Heynen, who has coached the men since 2012, led the team to a fifth place finish at the Olympic Games in London and achieved the same result at the World League final round that year for the first time in Germany’s history.

Commenting on his contract renewal, Giovanni Guidetti said, "I'm not finished yet. My goal is to take this incredible team to the Olympics in 2016."  

"I was on the phone two weeks ago with Georg Grozer,” said Vital Heynen. We want to win a medal in the next two years, and I want to be a part of it. That’s why I continue."

"The extension of the two coaches contracts are a great success for the federation and for German volleyball,” commented the President of the German Federation, Thomas Krohne. “They allow the sustainable continuation of the successful development of both teams. Giovanni Guidetti is a real godsend for women's volleyball in Germany. His passion, precision and professionalism have impressed the fans at the European Championships 2013. Vital Heynen is his equal in every aspect and is in no way inferior to Guidetti. The DVV is fortunate to have two such internationally renowned trainers in their ranks who they can retain long term."

This year both national teams will participate in the FIVB Volleyball World Championships. The men will play in Poland from August 30 to September 21 while the women will compete in Italy from September 23 to October 12.  Both teams want to match or better their rankings from the 2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championship where the men finished in eighth place and the women in seventh.


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