Yoandy Leal

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Yoandy Leal
Personal information
Full nameYoandy Leal Hidalgo
NationalityCuban
Brazilian
Born (1988-08-31) August 31, 1988 (age 30)
Havana, Cuba
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight107 kg (236 lb)
Spike361 cm (142 in)
Block348 cm (137 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside spiker
Current clubAssociazione Sportiva Volley Lube
Number9
Career
YearsTeams
2012–2017
2018-
Sada Cruzeiro
Lube Civitanova
National team
2007–2010 Cuba
Last updated: 31 December 2017

Yoandy Leal Hidalgo (born August 31, 1988 in Havana) is a Cuban volleyball player with Brazilian citizenship (since 1 June 2015), a member of Cuba men's national volleyball team (2007–2010), who plays as a wing-spiker for Lube Civitanova.

Leal played four years with the Cuban national team, debuting at the 2007 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship. In the 2008 World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Düsseldorf that would give a spot at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Cuba did not qualify finishing second to hosts Germany, but Leal was chosen Best Spiker and Server of the championship. His last tournament with Cuba was the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, where Leal won the silver medal.

Still pursuing his dream of playing in the Olympics, Leal left Cuba in 2010, establishing himself in volleyball potency Brazil, at the city of Belo Horizonte. After two years not playing, Leal signed with local team Sada Cruzeiro. Soon he was a vital part of the team, winning two editions each of the Brazilian Superligas, South American Championships and FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship. Leal started his naturalization process in 2013, and in 2015 he was given the Brazilian nationality. Afterwards he contacted the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball to see how soon he could play for Brazil's national team, as team coach Bernardo Rezende already expressed interest in having Leal in the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

Sporting achievements[edit]

FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

South American Club Championship[edit]

National championship[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Russia Dmitry Muserskiy
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB Club World Championship

2015
Succeeded by
Brazil William Arjona
Preceded by
Cuba Wilfredo León
Bulgaria Todor Aleksiev
Best Outside Spiker of
FIVB Club World Championship

2016
ex aequo Cuba Wilfredo León
2017
ex aequo Poland Wilfredo León
Succeeded by
TBD

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