Overview

Team profile

Germany

FIVB World Ranking 10

Best Result1970 1

Last Result2010 8

Medals
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The 2014 World Championship marks the fourth time that the unified German team have qualified for the tournament. Germany have finished in the top 10 on each of their previous attempts, with their eighth-place in Italy four years ago trumping the ninth spot they managed in both 1994 and 2006. Prior to their 1994 qualification, the tournament saw multiple entries by East Germany and West Germany, with both nations first qualifying for the World Championships in 1956. The best finish by either of them came in Bulgaria in 1970, when East Germany won the tournament. East Germany finished in fourth place either side of that competition, at Czechoslovakia 1966 and Mexico 1974.

Germany have improved in recent years, and must now be seen as outside medal contenders under Vital Heynen. The nation finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games and repeated the feat in the World League the same year. That World League finish marked the first time Germany had reached the final round, but they failed to live up to that standard this year as they finished third in Pool D of Group 2 and 16th overall.

The Germans finished sixth in the 2013 European Championship before emerging from a group containing Croatia, Estonia and Turkey to qualify for Poland 2014.

Coach

Mr. Vital Heynen

Mr. Vital Heynen



Vital Heynen has a long history of success, first as a player in his native Belgium then as a coach. He won Belgium’s Player of the Year award in 2004 and was named Best Setter in the CEV Champions League the same year. He appeared in 150 matches for the national team. As a coach, he guided Noliko Maaseik to league titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and added Belgium Cup titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He was voted the country’s Coach of the Year three times. He was appointed Germany coach in 2012 and guided the squad to fifth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Team Manager Ms. Britta Brisken
  • Assistant coach Mr. Stefan Hübner
  • Second Assistant Coach Mr. Roberto Santilli
  • Doctor Mr. Dr. Dieter Heinold
  • Physiotherapist Mr. Ulf Nitschke

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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