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Top game in Frankfurt : The BR Volleys will meet a feisty Canadians

With its two meters body size is Stelio DeRocco an imposing appearance. But not the only reason why the canadian coach has left in his first months in the United Volleys of the Rhine-Main a special impression. "He is fully immersed in the minds of the players. He has a tremendous presence," said the Sporting Director Klaus-Jürgen Weber.

Because DeRocco also boasts the achievements of the Frankfurt, reached after a qualifying marathon for the first Time in the history of the club to the group stage of the Champions League, extended the club on Tuesday the contract with his coach for a year. And, DeRocco was then equal to the attack: "We have some ideas on how we can challenge in the future, nationally and internationally, the established Teams."

Stelio DeRocco calls for unconditional devotion

The first opportunity to do so this Thursday, when the Frankfurt the BR Volleys to the Bundesliga duel received (18.30/Sport 1). After the Hessen won the first half of the season game in Berlin with 3:0, DeRocco also this Time optimistic. "We know how good we can be if we play with the unconditional devotion and determination and less to our opponents than to our own Plan to focus," he says.

With this approach, and clear announcements of the 58-Year-old a lot of approval in the case of club officials and the players. "He relies a lot on the attitude and the mental strength," says Athletic Director Weber. That was Frankfurt's one of the reasons to commit after three successful years with Michael Hot then DeRocco. "We wanted a different coach types to set new stimuli," says Weber. "Michael's Warm, has very pay attention to the Details. Stelio DeRocco has a different style. Moreover, his word has as a former world-class player, a special weight."

DeRocco won as a player in Italy, many of the song titles, and a successful coach, including as national coach of Australia and Canada. In front of the frankfurters, he coached at least the Polish first division team Bedzin. His move to the Bundesliga DeRocco explained with the orientation of the Hessen clubs: "The investment in young German players, and the future-oriented approach were decisive for me."

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This is not to say, however, that the title should only come in the distant future. The Frankfurt want at least third go into the Play-offs and compete as a Fifth directly with the Berliners (the Fourth). "The League has this season, many teams on top level," says DeRocco. "That's why round is in the rear of each outcome of importance." And the more the duel with the master from Berlin.

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