FLAVIO GULINELLI: "I BELIEVE IN A GOOD PERFORMANCE"
A few days before the Men's Senior National Team returning to work, Flavio
Gulinelli, the new national coach, seems aware of what the
team will face in the coming months - the first, from May to July, is
the World League and then from the 6th to the 16th of September is the
Qualification Round for the 2013 European Championship - but he believes that
will to work prevails over all challenges.
He talks about their
expectations and traces the lines of work and sets ambitions:
"The first week of work will be dedicated to physical and technical
aspects of the athletes. I have a reasonable notion of the value of
experienced players, but do not know the specific features of the newest
although I have already seen some of the workouts.
I'll also talking with the older players to get in the
programme of preparation for the national team all summer, during
the World League and before the participation in qualifying for the
The fundamentals are important in modern volleyball serve, reception
and the pass and, from what I've seen so far, I think the level of
serve is not very high, but it is still too early to draw judgments
about this selection.
Given the characteristics of the Belgian National Team as well as the
fact that we play three friendly matches in a row with the same formula
of competition that will be used in the World League, I believe that the
Belgians will be a good opponent for this stage of our preparation.
To me, it's a very good opportunity to make an assessment of work done
in the next two weeks.
Coaches must always be demanding, but just right, or we must give to
receive, on an equitable basis. I think the coach's personal
relationship with the athletes is very important, as well as the sharing
of responsibilities. My way of being a coach is to monitor closely
the players, both in practice and in matches. I like to be not only a
friend but also a second father.
Throughout my career I was very lucky to be working with very good
coaches and Velasco [Argentina], Bebeto [Brazil], Montali [Italian] and
many of the world's best players. I was always learning something from
each one. I have a particular model, because I believe that my training
of 20 years
as a coach is still evolving.
The team for the World League is not yet defined. The main idea would be
to close the level of new entered players with the most experienced. And the
only way to succeed in doing this is giving the young the opportunity to
play, not just train. Then in the second part of summer, we must form the
best possible group to play