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  2007 Men's World Cup
 ESP / Spain - Team Composition
Team manager ALONSO, Juan
Head coach MÉNDEZ, Marcelo R.
Assistant coach COSTA, Venancio
Doctor TURMO, Antonio
Therapist / trainer DÍAZ, David
Journalist AGUILERA, Sergio
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
2 Ibán Perez Manzaneres Pérez 13.11.1983 198 90 350 325 CAI VB Teruel
4   Manuel Sevillano Sevillano 02.07.1981 194 92 342 319 Saint Nazaire Atlantique (FRA)
6 Alfonso Flores Flores 24.08.1975 189 90 340 330 Unicaja Arukasur Almería
L 9   Alexis Valido Valido 09.03.1976 185 93 0 0 Unicaja Almería
10 Miguel Angel Falasca Fernandez M.A. Falasca 29.04.1973 195 92 345 322 PGE Belchatow (POL)
11   Javier Subiela Subiela 22.03.1984 198 89 350 325 CAI VB Teruel
12 Guillermo Falasca Fernandez G. Falasca 24.10.1977 200 107 350 325 Ankara (TUR)
14   Jose Luis Moltó Moltó 29.06.1975 206 98 355 330 Taranto
16 Julián García-Torres Gª-Torres 08.11.1980 202 91 353 330 CAI VB Teruel
17   Enrique De La Fuente De La Fuente 11.08.1975 194 94 348 328 Drac Palma C.V. Portol
18 Israel Rodríguez Calderon I. Rodríguez 27.08.1981 194 85 343 325 Tomis Constanta (ROU)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile


The announcement of the concession to the city of Barcelona of the organization of the Olympic Games of 1992 was the start of a new time in the history of the Spanish National Volleyball. Form is given to the concept of permanent concentration, and the best national players meet in Granada with a program of serious and novel work guided to make the Spanish Team to play an important part in the Games.

The culmination of this process was the obtaining of the eighth place in Barcelona, and the birth as a player of one of the best players in the world and the most charismatic in the Spaniards: Rafael Pascual.

After Barcelona a new period of renovation of the team started. The veteran players ledf the team opening the way to an entire facility of young promises that continued the work. This work had clear results: the classification for the Championship of Europe in 1993 and the silver medal in the Mediterranean Games in the same year, besides the gold medal in the Spring Cup 1994.

With the inclusion of Spain in the World League 1995, Spain receives the recognition of the International Federation and the team finally enters in the elite of the world Volleyball. In this first participation the young Spanish team astonished the world with its performance becoming the revelation of the championship and with the acting of Rafael Pascual nominated as best player.


The World Cup 1999 in Japan turned out to be the culmination to international recognition to so much effort and so much work. Spain achieves the international recognition after their 8 position in the World Championships held the previous year, and demonstrates their great game. The attaiment of the 6 position demostrated that the trust of FIVB allowing Spain to take part in the World League had not been in vain; this outcome was achieved partially thank to the unquestionable leader inside of and outside the court, Rafa Pascual, nominated best player in the World Championship 1998 and best scorer of the World Cup.


With the participation in the Olympic Games of Sydney 2000 a new stage opens up for the National Senior Men’s Team.

In 2001, Francisco Hervás was nominated as Head Coach of the team and the player were renewed. Youth values were incorporated to the national group and veteran players that have conformed the combatant and combative spirit of the team during last decade disappear. This renovation gives its results. In Seville the Spanish Team gets brilliantly the classification for the World Championship, Argentina 2002, in a hard fight against the national teams of Croacia, Austria and Norway. With this classification it is demonstrated that the Spanish Team continuous with the trajectory upward starting more than one decade ago hopes to continue, day by day, working hard, making history.


2002 started with the sensational acting in Preeuropean tournament in the Netherlands. Spain is clearly the best team in the group and they end the round unbeaten, even winning the powerfull duchts in home ground. This performace sets hopes for World League.

Hopes come through with a good previous round. Spain wins eight games, only loosing the four matches against Italy, and becoming the first team to get the qualification for final round. In the round played in Brasil, Spain makes one of its best performances; after losing 3-1 against Brasil, Spain beated in a sensational game to the later champions, Russia. Unfortunatelly, the team cannot achieve the qualification for the semifinal for the first time in its history. The fith position equals the best performance in the history of the team.

Spain paid the effort of the World League in the World Championship. After a fair first round, the Spaniard seemed to run out of fuel in the second stage and couldn’t win a match.


In the 2003, the renovation of the team continues. Some of the best and most experienced players (Rafa Pascual, Cosme Prenafeta…) remain in the team. The young players, whom some of them play at high level in international competition at their clubs, have enough experience now to take the lead of the team. The hard work had its effect in the World League, which this year was the main source of joy and also disappointment.

For the first time ever, Spain organized the World League Finals. Madrid hosted the best volleyball event in spanish history, a tournament that made the anals of volleyball for the outstanding organization. However, this satistaction couldn’t be reflected in the court. Spain lost the key match against Czech Republic and couldn’t qualify for semifinals for the first time, and in front of the crowded arena in Madrid.


2004 was not a joyfull year for spanish national team. Despite organizing a excellent Olympic Qualification in Madrid, Spain couldn’t achieve the main goal of the year: earn the ticket to be in Athens 2004. spaniards failed against the power of The Netherlands. Being out of the Olympic Games, spanish team focused on achieving the qualification to European championship. This goal was obtained in the second round in Croacia. Spain won all the games except one, and qualified for European championship for second time in a row.


2005 was marked by the semi-finas of the Europena Championships played against Russian that was held in Belgrad and Rome.

It was the first time to celebrate the European League, being classified for the finals of Russian, and achieving the bronze medal (3rd position). But in the Qualifying tournament of Naples qualification for the World Campionship 2006 was lost against Italy, Germany and Ukrain. Oscar Novillo, a young coach substitutes Francisco Hervás as coach to face the European Championship celebrated in Belgrad and Rome. Surprisingly, the team qualifies for semi-finals, achieving the best result for Spain in a European; 4th Pposition, being at the doors of the medals, in a mad game agains Russia.


The arrival of Andrea Anastasi to the Spanish national team was a hit for Spain. His work had a goal: The 2007 European Championship. In 2006 a group of young players played the European Leage. The oldest rest: Rafael Pascual, Falasca bothers... A year of transition a of intense work.


The year of Spanish volleyball: they won the European Leage in Portugal, they won the European Championship in Russia.

The work of the coach, Andrea Anastasi, is developed perfectly: ambition, trust and minding a winning team. They won the European Leage in Portimao, Portugal against the host team, but beating in the previous group the strong teams of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgiujm. Falasca brothers and the return of Enrique de la Fuente were determining. A prize to the work done and a premonition of the avenir.

The European Championship celebrated in Russian was perfect. Eight matches, eight victories. A compact team, minded, well directed at sideout by Andrea Anastasi and in court by the setter Miguel Ángel Falasca. A team that has made history and that will achieve more successes. A team with veteran players: Rafael Pascual, Guillermo Falasca, José Luis Moltó, José Luis Lobato... and the younsgters that will be at everyone’s mouth: Israel Rodríguez, Manuel Sevillano, Javier Subiela, Julián García-Torres, Ibán Pérez, Guillermo Hernán...

And the World Cup at the quest for olympic qualification for Beijin 2008. The ultimate challenge.


Mr. Marcelo R. Méndez was born in Argentina in 1964. 

He finished his Phisical Education degree in Buenos Aires (ARG) in 1988.  He is accreditated as National Coach for the National Federations of Argentina and Italy and FIVB International Coach.

As player, he has played in Argentina and Italy:

1981/1988 and 1992 - Club Atlético River Plate (ARG)

1988/1990 - Club Soc. Fiat Ammauto (ITA)

1990-1991 - Club Polliesportiva Jonica (ITA)

As head coach, he has led several clubes:

1986 - Club Daom (ARG)

1987/1988 - Club Atlético River Plate (ARG)

1988/1990 - Club Sociedad Fiat Ammauto (ITA)

1990/1991 - Club Sociedad Poliesporitva Jonica (ITA)

1992/2004 - Club Atlético River Plate (ARG)

2004/2007 - Club Voleibol Pórtol (ESP)

Main achievements as Coach:

1997, 1999 and 2000 - Champion Metropolitan League (ARG)

1998/1999 - Champion Argentinian Clubes League

2002 - Bice-Champion Metropolitan League (ARG)

2004/2005 - Bice-Champion Spanish Top League (Superliga) C.V. Pórtol

2004/2005 - Second CEV Final Four C.V. Pórtol

2004/2005 - Champion King Cup (ESP) C.V. Pórtol