Cuba men's national volleyball team

The Cuba men's national volleyball team (Spanish: Selección masculina de voleibol de Cuba) is the national team of Cuba. Cuba in the 1976 Summer Olympics won the bronze medal. Other achievements of the team winning one World League, one World Grand Champions Cup and fifteen NORCECA Championships. Cuba have attained two silver and two bronze World Championship medals and have won the NORCECA Championship 15 times.

Cuba
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Nickname(s)Los leones del voleibol cubano(Lions of Cuban volleyball)
AssociationFederación Cubana De Voleibol
ConfederationNORCECA
Head coachCubaNicolas Vives
FIVB ranking13 (as of June 28, 2021)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances7 (First in 1972)
Best resultBronze medal.svg (1976)
World Championship
Appearances14 (First in 1956)
Best resultSilver (1990, 2010)

ResultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 1972 – 10th place
  • 1976  Bronze medal
  • 1980 – 7th place
  • 1992 – 4th place
  • 1996 – 6th place
  • 2000 – 7th place
  • 2016 – 11th place
  • 2020 – did not participate

World ChampionshipEdit

  • 1956 – 19th place
  • 1966 – 17th place
  • 1970 – 13th place
  • 1974 – 8th place
  • 1978  Bronze medal
  • 1982 – 10th place
  • 1986 – 5th place
  • 1990  Silver medal
  • 1994 – 4th place
  • 1998  Bronze medal
  • 2002 – 19th place
  • 2006 – 15th place
  • 2010  Silver medal
  • 2014 – 11th place
  • 2018 – 18th place

World CupEdit

  • 1969 – 9th place
  • 1977  Bronze medal
  • 1981  Silver medal
  • 1989  Gold medal
  • 1991  Silver medal
  • 1995 – 6th place
  • 1999  Silver medal
  • 2011 – 5th place

World Grand Champions CupEdit

  • 1993  Bronze medal
  • 1997  Bronze medal
  • 2001  Gold medal
  • 2009  Silver medal

World LeagueEdit

  • 1991  Silver medal
  • 1992  Silver medal
  • 1993 – 4th place
  • 1994  Silver medal
  • 1995  Bronze medal
  • 1996 – 4th place
  • 1997  Silver medal
  • 1998  Gold medal
  • 1999  Silver medal
  • 2000 – 8th place
  • 2001 – 5th place
  • 2002 – 13th place
  • 2003 – 13th place
  • 2004 – 7th place
  • 2005  Bronze medal
  • 2006 – 7th place
  • 2007 – 7th place
  • 2008 – 10th place
  • 2009 – 4th place
  • 2010 – 4th place
  • 2011 – 8th place
  • 2012  Bronze medal
  • 2013 – 13th place
  • 2014 – 21st place
  • 2015 – 18th place
  • 2016 – 22nd place
  • 2017 – withdrew from the tournament

Challenger CupEdit

  • 2018 – 4th place
  • 2019  Silver medal

Pan American GamesEdit

  • 1959 – 7th place
  • 1967  Bronze medal
  • 1971  Gold medal
  • 1975  Gold medal
  • 1979  Gold medal
  • 1983  Silver medal
  • 1987  Silver medal
  • 1991  Gold medal
  • 1995  Bronze medal
  • 1999  Gold medal
  • 2003  Silver medal
  • 2007  Bronze medal
  • 2011  Silver medal
  • 2015 – 5th place
  • 2019  Silver medal

NORCECA ChampionshipEdit

  • 1969  Gold medal
  • 1971  Gold medal
  • 1973  Silver medal
  • 1975  Gold medal
  • 1977  Gold medal
  • 1979  Gold medal
  • 1981  Gold medal
  • 1983  Bronze medal
  • 1985  Silver medal
  • 1987  Gold medal
  • 1989  Gold medal
  • 1991  Gold medal
  • 1993  Gold medal
  • 1995  Gold medal
  • 1997  Gold medal
  • 1999  Silver medal
  • 2001  Gold medal
  • 2003  Bronze medal
  • 2005  Silver medal
  • 2007  Bronze medal
  • 2009  Gold medal
  • 2011  Gold medal
  • 2013  Bronze medal
  • 2015  Silver medal
  • 2017 – did not participate
  • 2019  Gold medal
  • 2019 – 4th Place

Pan-American CupEdit

  • 2006 – 5th place
  • 2007  Bronze medal
  • 2014  Gold medal
  • 2016  Gold medal
  • 2017  Bronze medal
  • 2018  Bronze medal
  • 2019  Gold medal

America's CupEdit

  • 1998  Bronze medal
  • 1999 – 4th place
  • 2000  Gold medal
  • 2001  Silver medal
  • 2005  Bronze medal
  • 2007  Bronze medal
  • 2008  Gold medal

Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit

  • 1930  Silver medal
  • 1935  Bronze medal
  • 1938  Bronze medal
  • 1946  Gold medal
  • 1950  Silver medal
  • 1954  Bronze medal
  • 1962 – 4th place
  • 1966  Gold medal
  • 1970  Gold medal
  • 1974  Gold medal
  • 1978  Gold medal
  • 1982  Gold medal
  • 1986  Gold medal
  • 1990  Gold medal
  • 1993  Gold medal
  • 1998  Gold medal
  • 2002 – Did not participate
  • 2006  Silver medal
  • 2010 – Did not participate
  • 2014  Bronze medal
  • 2018 – 4th place

Goodwill GamesEdit

  • 1986 – did not participate
  • 1990  Bronze medal

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Cuban roster in the 2020 Men's North American Olympic Qualification Tournament

Head coach: Nicolas Vives

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight 2020-21 Club 2021-22 Club
2 Osniel Melgarejo 18 December 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb)  Chaumont VB 52  Chaumont VB 52
3 Julio Cardenas 4 September 2000 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb)  Tourcoing LM  Tourcoing LM
4 Marlon Yant 23 May 2001 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb)  Cucine Lube Civitanova  Cucine Lube Civitanova
5 Javier Concepción 26 December 1997 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb)  Indykpol AZS Olsztyn  Poitiers
6 Jose Carlos Romero 1 May 1999 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb)  GFC Ajaccio Volley-Ball  Boiro Voleibol
7 Yonder Garcia(L) 23 February 1993 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb)   Ciudad Habana Free Agent
9 Livan Osoria (C) 5 February 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb)  Cambrai-Volley  Cambrai-Volley
13 Robertlandy Simon 11 June 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 114 kg (251 lb)   Cucine Lube Civitanova  Cucine Lube Civitanova
11 Lyvan Taboada 4 October 1998 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 75 kg (165 lb)   Ciudad Habana  Știința Explorări Baia Mare
12 Jesus Herrera 4 April 1995 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb)  Chaumont VB 52  Chaumont VB 52
14 Adrián Goide 26 June 1998 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (180 lb)   Haliliye Belediye Spor   Brasilia Volei
15 Yohah Leon 24 January 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95.5 kg (211 lb) Free Agent   Sporting CP
17 Roamy Alonso 24 July 1997 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb)  Chaumont VB 52  Chaumont VB 52
18 Miguel Ángel López 25 March 1997 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (200 lb)  Sada Cruzeiro  Sada Cruzeiro

Dream Team SquadEdit

After 2001, many players defected from Cuba seeking better life conditions. Some of them excelled during their pro career, being more often considered the best of their positions. The following list follow 15 men throughout that period of time, that one way or another make history and were called Dream team squad.

Head coach: Gilberto Herrera

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Wilfredo Leon Venero 31 July 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 373 cm (147 in) 346 cm (136 in)   Sir Safety Perugia
13 Robertlandy Simon 11 June 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 114 kg (251 lb) 389 cm (153 in) 326 cm (128 in)   Cucine Lube Civitanova
4 Yoandry Leal 31 August 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 362 cm (143 in) 341 cm (134 in)   Cucine Lube Civitanova
5 Osmany Juantorena 12 August 1985 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 340 cm (130 in)   Cucine Lube Civitanova
14 Raydel Hierrezuelo 14 July 1987 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 335 cm (132 in)   LPR Piacenza
9 Michael Sánchez 5 June 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 365 cm (144 in) 340 cm (130 in)   Korean Air Jumbos
19 Fernando Hernandez 11 September 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 358 cm (141 in) 339 cm (133 in)   Halkbank
15 Oreol Camejo 22 July 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 326 cm (128 in)   Zenit Saint Petersburg
1 Leonel Marshall 25 September 1979 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 383 cm (151 in) 353 cm (139 in)   LPR Piacenza
7 Angel Dennis 13 June 1977 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Sporting CP
14 Ihosvany Hernández Rivera 6 June 1972 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 368 cm (145 in) 349 cm (137 in) Retired

2016 Finland rape incidentEdit

Eight members of the Cuban national men's volleyball team, including the team's captain, were held in Tampere, Finland on suspicion of aggravated gang rape of a 35-year-old Finnish woman[1][2], as of July 2016. Two of them were discarded of the claims later.[3] The incident took place in the Hotel Ilves at Tampere where the Olympics-bound Cuban team were staying. The arrested players were scheduled to play in the Cuban team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[4]

On 16 August, the six team members still remaining in custody were charged with aggravated rape at Pirkanmaa District Court[5] and the proceedings started on 29 August.[6] On 20 September, four of the men, Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano and Abraham Alfonso Gavilán were given five-year jail sentences while Luis Tomás Sosa Sierra is facing a prison term of three and a half years.[7] All men appealed, and on 30 June 2017 the Turku court of appeal decreased the length of all sentences and lifted the sentence of Sosa Sierra.[8]

According to the New York Times, the Cuban Volleyball Association stated early on that the athletes’ behavior was counter to the “discipline the sense of honor and respect that govern our sport and society.”[9]

In June 2017, all players convicted for aggravated rape appealed, and sentences were reduced in the case of Osmany Uriarte, Abraham Alfonso, Ricardo Calvo and the ex-captain Rolando Cepeda Abreu. Sosa was released as he was found not guilty due to lack of evidence, and he received a compensation from the government of Finland for the quantity of 200,000 euros, due to damages against his person and in his sports career.[10]

Kit providersEdit

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Cuba national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000– Adidas
Puma

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Honda.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kuubalaisten raiskausjutussa on käynnissä viimeinen päivä – Tämä jutusta tiedetään Archived 2016-10-11 at the Wayback Machine (in Finnish) Aamulehti
  2. ^ Syyttäjä: Kuubalaiset käyttivät joukkoraiskauksessa väkivaltaa ja kuvasivat teon (in Finnish) Iltalehti
  3. ^ "Two Cuban volleyballers released, six still held". Yleisradio. 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ "Members of Cuba's volleyball team detained on rape suspicions". Yleisradio. 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  5. ^ Mansikka, Heli (2016-08-16). "Kuubalaisia lentopalloilijoita vastaan nostettiin syyte – kaikkia kuutta epäillään törkeästä raiskauksesta" [Charged pressed against Cuban volleyball players – all six suspected of aggravated rape] (in Finnish). Yleisradio. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ Jansson, Kaisu (2016-08-29). "Kuubalaisten lentopalloilijoiden oikeudenkäynti alkaa Tampereella" [Cuban volleyballers' trial begins in Tampere] (in Finnish). Yle. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  7. ^ Viidelle kuubalaispelaajalle vankeustuomio - raiskasivat naisen törkeästi Tampereella (in Finnish) Iltalehti
  8. ^ "Kuubalaisten lentopalloilijoiden raiskaustuomiot lyhenivät hovissa, yhden syyte hylättiin".
  9. ^ Bilefsky, Dan; Kuosa, Mari-Leena (20 September 2016). "5 Cuban Volleyball Players Convicted of Rape in Finland". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "Finnish woman's gang rape was filmed — documents reveal what happened that night in the Tampere hotel" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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