Overview

Team profile

France

FIVB World Ranking 13

Best Result2002 3

Last Result2010 11

Medals
0 0 1

The French have a deep history in the World Championship, with their qualification for Poland 2014 marking their 15th appearance in 18 editions. One of 10 teams to compete in the inaugural tournament in Czechoslovakia in 1949, the French have finished in the top three on just one occasion so far – in Argentina 2002 when they took third place after failing to qualify for the 1994 and 1998 events. Aside from that bronze medal, the nation’s highest World Championship finish has been sixth, a feat it has achieved on four occasions (1949, 1952, 1986, 2006). In 2010 France finished 11th.

France’s record beyond the World Championships is also mixed. They finished second behind Brazil in the 2006 World League, but have struggled to live up to that promise in the subsequent eight years.

They failed to qualify for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, after which they replaced Philippe Blain as coach, bringing in one of the country’s greatest ever players Laurent Tillie. Under Tillie, France finished 10th in the 2013 World League and also fifth place at the 2013 European Championship before qualifying for Poland in January as the best second-placed team in the European qualification groups. They also completed an impressive 2014 World League campaign before suffering a surprise defeat to Australia in the Group 2 final.

Coach

Tillie Laurent

Tillie Laurent

Laurent Tillie captained his country in 406 international matches. He won bronze at the 1985 European Championship and a silver two years later. He also represented France at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He won seven titles in his homeland along with two French Cups and helped AS Cannes to a CEV Challenge Cup in 1981. He also had two stints with Pallavolo Falconara in Italy during his playing career. As a coach, he led Cannes to the European Championship in 2005 and the French Cup in 2007. His father Guy and son Kevin have represented France at international level.
 

  • Team Manager Foussard Pascal
  • Assistant coach Josserand Arnaud
  • Second Assistant Coach Marquet Luc
  • Doctor Verdonck Eric
  • Physiotherapist Andrea Jean-Paul

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
France
2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 2 3.000 182 163 1.116
2
Germany
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 136 131 1.038
3
Iran
2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 6 0.333 157 181 0.867

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