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Facebook asked, Blain answered!

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 29, 2016 – Poland assistant coach Philippe Blain was quizzed by some of the FIVB’s Facebook fans on Friday. 

Hear his thoughts on Wlazly, Ngapeth and what it is like being part of the Polish coaching team.

The former France coach, who also played for the French national team from 1984 to 1987, was in Lausanne as president of the FIVB Coaching Commission during their annual meeting.

He has found much success since joining the Polish setup in 2014 under coach Stephane Antiga, who himself used to be one of Blain’s player during his 12 year tenure with the national team, and revealed that the FIVB Volleyball World Championship Poland 2014 was one of the deciding factors for him joining up with the eventual world champions.

“This event, in Poland, with the national team of Poland with all these fans and all this passion around the team was really amazing,” he said. “It was very exciting when they proposed to me to come to work with the Polish national team. It’s a great experience for me.

“It’s also the first time I work in a country where I don’t manage the language so well. You learn to communicate and watch the physical communication. You work differently.”

The 55-year-old Montpellier-born coach was also full of praise for his native France.

“Now it’s a new generation and they have had great success.”

Blain will be hoping to secure qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when Poland travel to Japan for the World Olympic Qualification tournament from May 28 to June 5.


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