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FIVB 2010 Men's Volleyball World Championship
25 September - 10 October 2010

 ESP / Spain - Team Composition

Team manager ALONSO, JUAN
Therapist / trainer DÍAZ, DAVID
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  2 Gustavo Saucedo Saucedo 5/01/1978 198 90 335 320 St Pere i St Pau Tarragona
  4   Manuel Sevillano Sevillano 2/07/1981 194 92 342 319 Saint Nazaire Atlantique (FRA)
  5 Francisco José Rodríguez F. Rodríguez 25/09/1980 189 88 340 315 CAI Voleibol Teruel
  6   Sergio Noda Blanco Noda 23/03/1987 191 87 338 325 Emma Villas Siena (ITA)
  7 Guillermo Hernán Hernán 25/07/1982 181 68 335 315 Paris Volley (FRA)
  8   Alberto Salas Salas 13/09/1984 194 84 353 325 CMA Numancia Soria
  10 Jorge Fernández Valcarcel Fernández 4/05/1989 201 90 345 325 Urbia Palma (ESP)
  L 12   Francesc Llenas Llenas 13/09/1982 186 72 325 300 Narbonne (FRA)
  13 Jordi Gens Gens 21/07/1978 188 82 342 325 Palellinios AC (GRE)
  14   Ibán Perez Manzaneres Pérez 13/11/1983 198 90 350 325 CAI VB Teruel
  C 16 Julián García-Torres Gª-Torres 8/11/1980 202 91 353 330 CAI VB Teruel
  17   Marlon Palharini Gonzalez Palharini 3/02/1984 194 86 346 320 FC Barcelona
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Volleyball in Spain was given a huge boost in 1992 as Barcelona hosted the Olympic Games, paving the way for the next two decades of the sport in the country.

After Barcelona a new period of renovation for the team began. The veteran players left the team opening the way for an entire new generation. This work had clear results as the team picked up silver medal in the Mediterranean Games in 1993.

Spain’s first FIVB competition came in 1995 as they competed in their first FIVB World League. They played in the premier annual men’s tournament for the next ten years, with their highest result being a fifth place finish in 1999, 2002 and 2003. However the side has not competed in the competition since 2004, failing to find their form.

They have also taken part in two FIVB World Cups, finishing in sixth in 1999 and going one better in 2007, finishing fifth.

However, undoubtedly their biggest success was their first gold medal in an international competition as they stormed to victory at the 2007 European Championships in Moscow, Russia.

The expectations for the team at this year’s tournament is to go match by match and qualify for second round. After that, anything can happen.

Coach profile

Julio Velasco stepped up to become coach of Spain in 2009, with the Argentinean promptly seeing his side lose 3-0 to an in-form Brazil.

However, he has over 30 years’ coaching experience and with that he is looking to transform the side.

Previously coach of club sides Buenos Aires, Jesi, Pallavolo Modena, Pallavolo Piacenza, Pallavolo Modena and Gabeca Montichiari, Velasco has so far coached Spain in  68 matches.


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