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Vital Heinen chooses an eastern adventure: the Belgian volleyball mind begins working as a national coach for China

Vital Heinen chooses an eastern adventure: the Belgian volleyball mind begins working as a national coach for China

Another challenge for the Belgian volleyball mind. Vital Heinen (54 years old) has chosen to replace the German women's national team with the Chinese men. He must guide the world number 31 to a higher level.

Vital Heinen is no stranger to the job of national coach.

The great Belgian coach – who made his name at Maaseek – previously managed the Red Dragons and the German and Polish men. Since 2022, he has drawn up the tactical outlines of the German women's national team, with which he lost in the 1/8 finals of the last European Championship.

Heinen left his club coaching job in Nilufer in Türkiye to devote himself full-time to the Chinese men's national team. A difficult project, far from the motherland.

China has only attended the Olympics twice, including once in Beijing as the host country. In addition, he has never finished a World Cup higher than ninth.

Vital Heynen must change that in the future. Paris will no longer reach 31st place in the world, at the World Championships and the Asian Championships, the country led by the Belgian wants to show that it is a superpower in the making. Heynen is signed for at least 3 years.

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