Overview

Team profile

Netherlands

The Netherlands ended a three-year absence from the World League by returning in 2013 with a 14th-place finish. Last year they finished fourth in Group 2 after topping Pool E and losing the third-place match in straight sets to Belgium. The Dutch failed to qualify for the 2014 World Championship after losing to Bulgaria in their qualification pool, but have taken the first steps towards qualification for next year's European Championship. They are now guided by coach Gido Vermeulen, who had been working with the women's team since February 2012.

 
The 1990s were a glorious decade for the Dutch. They finished second in the inaugural World League in 1990 and repeated the feat the following year. In 1992 they took silver at the Olympic Games in Barcelona and four years later they won gold at Atlanta as well as winning the World League title. They were runners-up at the 1994 World Championship and won two silver medals and two bronzes in successive European Championships from 1989 before taking gold on home soil in Eindhoven in 1997. Netherlands' appearances in the World League in 2009 and 2010 came after a five-year absence. The 2009 campaign, in which they finished 12th, proved a good learning experience for a young side who went one place better the following year.

Coach

Gido Vermeulen

Gido Vermeulen

Gido Vermeulen transitioned to Netherlands' men's team in 2014 after coaching Spain's women's team from 2008 to 2012 and the Dutch women's team from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Dutch junior men's team coach for five years, winning a silver medal with them at the 2004 Junior European Championships. His first major international coaching experience came when he was an assistant coach for his home country's women's team from 1994 to 1998. They won the 1995 European Championships and finished fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games. At club level, Vermeulen has coached teams in his birth city of Amsterdam, as well as in Italy and Spain.

Staff

  • Team Manager Willeke Heijndijk
  • Assistant coach Ron Zwerver
  • Doctor Rob Vesters
  • Physiotherapist Arjen Bruijn

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams 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
Belgium
12 10 2 3 3 4 1 0 1 27 32 17 1.882 1150 1024 1.123
2
Netherlands
12 9 3 4 2 3 2 0 1 26 31 17 1.823 1071 995 1.076
3
Finland
12 4 8 1 2 1 3 3 2 14 21 28 0.750 1044 1119 0.932
4
Portugal
12 1 11 0 0 1 3 4 4 5 13 35 0.371 1007 1134 0.888

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