02. 10. 2018

WCH 2018 M: A secret to success of the Polish team – revealed!

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“Other coaches have great players, I have a great team” – those were the words of the head coach Vital Heynen after winning the FIVB Men’s World Championship crown for the second time in a row.

 

We have to agree with coach Heynen but we would like to rephrase the sentence:

Other coaches have great players, I have a great team with amazing players”. That should be it.

Many volleyball experts and volleyball fans, even the biggest gambling companies put Poland in the seventh place in the list of the favorites. They didn’t know what is Vital Heynen and his team are capable of!

Over the past four years, since the previous gold medal in 2014, Poland didn’t win any important tournament. Two head coaches were trying to make something, to invite new and young players but the results didn’t come.

In February 2018, Poland officially appointed Vital Heynen as the head coach. He accepted the job without promising anything. Some players were shocked by his working system, stating that it was hard to get used to it. Was it worth it? The result at the World Championship says YES.

He didn’t change only the system and rules, he changed the players and their game approach. Take a look at Bartosz Kurek. He looked like an updated version of himself, with a self-confidence, unstoppable in important moments, finishing as the best scorer of the World Champs. That’s definitely a new Kurek.

Captain Michal Kubiak? His motivation was at the maximum level. His reception, along with Pawel Zatorski and Artur Szalpuk, could be described as insane.

Fabian Drzyzga, again was at the highest possible level, controlling the game, making every set as best as possible. Piotr Nowakowski and Mateusz Bieniek have completed a great job. Have you noticed Heynen’s secret weapon? Jakub Kochanowski. He is the future of this team.

Let’s also mention Dawid Konarski, Damian Schulz, Damian Wojtaszek, Gregorz Lomacz, Aleksander Sliwka and Bartosz Kwolek – those boys worked hard as well, because you are not becoming the champion only on the court but out of it, during every training session…

Vital Heynen has a contract until 2020 and we are pretty much sure that he will stay at the helm of this team.

We have to remind you, that as of the start of 2019, Wilfredo Leon will be playing for Poland… 

 

Check out the results and standings at the World Championship 2018 M page.

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2 Comments about "WCH 2018 M: A secret to success of the Polish team – revealed!"

02.10.2018 | 15:05 |   BibekMaster [unregistered]

Fabian Drzyzga, no David.

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02.10.2018 | 18:31 |   Gio [unregistered]

Great article. I agree with everything

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