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Heynen picks 14 players for World League opener

Heynen and Germany start their FIVB World League campaign against Japan
Berlin, Germany, May 21, 2014 – German coach Vital Heynen has named 14 players to travel to Bamberg, where they open their FIVB World League campaign against Japan. 

Germany play Japan on May 23 and 24 and the coach has until the evening of May 22 to whittle his squad down to the 12 nominated players for the match. The team will be led by captain Jochen Schoeps and he will be joined by eight other players who helped Germany qualify for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Volleyball World Championship in January.
However, they will be without veteran middle-blocker Marcus Bohme, Marvin Prolingheuer and Jan Zimmermann. “Bohme still needs some rest after his little problems with his shoulder,” Heynen said. 

Germany are well aware that they face a tough time against Japan, the world ranked 17th  team, who failed to qualify for the World Championship for the first time since 1960 and who are being led by new coach Masahi Nanbu.  

“The Japanese play volleyball different from the European teams,” Heynen said. “I played them in 1989, the last time we played against Japan, but whose game has not really changed since. They have another new coach and they want to build back up.” 


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