Italy men's national volleyball team

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Italy
Logovolleyitalia.png
Nickname(s) Azzurri
Association Federazione Italiana Pallavolo (in Italian)
Confederation CEV
Head coach Gianlorenzo Blengini
FIVB ranking 4 (as of August 2016)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances 11 (First in 1976)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg (1996, 2004, 2016)
World Championship
Appearances 16 (First in 1949)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1990, 1994, 1998)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1989)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1995)
European Championship
Appearances 28 (First in 1948)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1989, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005)
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Italy men's national volleyball team
Medal record
Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1990 Brazil
Gold medal – first place 1994 Greece
Gold medal – first place 1998 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1978 Italy
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1995 Japan
Silver medal – second place 2015 Japan
Silver medal – second place 2003 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1989 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Japan
World Grand Champions Cup
Gold medal – first place 1993 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Japan
World League
Gold medal – first place 1990 Osaka
Gold medal – first place 1991 Milan
Gold medal – first place 1992 Genoa
Gold medal – first place 1994 Milan
Gold medal – first place 1995 Rio de Janeiro
Gold medal – first place 1997 Moscow
Gold medal – first place 1999 Mar del Plata
Gold medal – first place 2000 Rotterdam
Silver medal – second place 1996 Rotterdam
Silver medal – second place 2001 Katowice
Silver medal – second place 2004 Rome
Bronze medal – third place 1993 São Paulo
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Madrid
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Mar del Plata
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Florence
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 1989 Sweden
Gold medal – first place 1993 Finland
Gold medal – first place 1995 Greece
Gold medal – first place 1999 Austria
Gold medal – first place 2003 Germany
Gold medal – first place 2005 Italy/Serbia and Montenegro
Silver medal – second place 1991 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2001 Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2011 Austria/Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2013 Denmark/Poland
Bronze medal – third place 1948 Italy
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Bulgaria/Italy

The Italy men's national volleyball team dominated international volleyball competitions in the 1990s and early 2000s, by winning three World Championships in a row (1990, 1994 and 1998), six European Championships, one World Cup (1995) and eight World League (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000). However, the great Italian showcase of records is considered incomplete due to the failed win of the Olympic games: since 1996, Italy is the only national team that has achieved olympic semifinals every time, but never reached the gold medal. That's why local media talk about "the Olympic curse".

Result history[edit]

Golden Team[edit]

Julio Velasco In 1989 he was hired to coach the Italian National Men’s Team. He immediately led them to a Gold Medal at the European Championships in 1989, which his team won twice more in 1993 and 1995, the team also won a Silver Medal at the World Cup in 1989. He de-emphasized the specialization trend of the 1980s, he emphasized the concept of the “square”, team unity where the team was better than the sum of its players. He was meticulous, well prepared and very demanding, but he knew how to win. Starting at the 1990 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games, the Italian National team swept the world volleyball events for five years, they won a Gold Medal in the World Champion-ships in 1990 and 1994, the World League in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995, 1991, the Mediterranean Games, and the 1993 Grand Champions Cup. They won a Silver Medal at the Olympic Games. Julio Velasco left the Italian National Men’s Team in 1996. Velasco in 1989-1996 created Golden Team with Players such as Andrea Gardini, Giani, Bernardi, Gravina, Bracci, Tofoli, Lucchetta, Papi, Pasinato and Meoni.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 0 3 3 6
World Championship 3 1 0 4
World Cup 1 3 1 5
World Grand Champions Cup 1 0 2 3
World League 8 3 4 15
European Championship 6 4 3 13
Universiade 1 1 5 7
Mediterranean Games 6 2 1 9
Total 26 15 18 59

Olympic Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

European Championship[edit]

Three players from Italy at the 2016 Olympics

World League[edit]

Mediterranean Games[edit]

  • 19591st, gold medalist(s) gold medal
  • 19632nd, silver medalist(s) silver medal
  • 19752nd, silver medalist(s) silver medal
  • 1979 — Fourth place
  • 19831st, gold medalist(s) gold medal
  • 19873rd, bronze medalist(s) bronze medal
  • 19911st, gold medalist(s) gold medal
  • 1997 — Fourth place
  • 20011st, gold medalist(s) gold medal
  • 2005 — Fifth place
  • 20091st, gold medalist(s) gold medal
  • 20131st, gold medalist(s) gold medal

Goodwill Games[edit]

  • 19901st, gold medalist(s) gold medal

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Italian roster in the 2017 World League.[2]

Head coach: Gianlorenzo Blengini

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2016–17 club
1 Candellaro, DavideDavide Candellaro 7 June 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in) Italy Cucine Lube Civitanova
2 Randazzo, LuigiLuigi Randazzo 30 April 1994 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 255 cm (100 in) Italy Calzedonia Verona
3 Pesaresi, NicolaNicola Pesaresi 11 February 1991 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 315 cm (124 in) 309 cm (122 in) Italy Cucine Lube Civitanova
4 Vettori, LucaLuca Vettori 26 April 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 323 cm (127 in) Italy Azimut Modena
5 Spirito, LucaLuca Spirito 30 October 1993 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 338 cm (133 in) 262 cm (103 in) Italy Bunge Ravenna
6 Giannelli, SimoneSimone Giannelli 9 August 1996 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
7 Balaso, FabioFabio Balaso 20 October 1995 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 280 cm (110 in) Italy Kioene Padova
9 Mazzone, DanieleDaniele Mazzone 4 June 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 315 cm (124 in) 309 cm (122 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
10 Lanza, FilippoFilippo Lanza 3 March 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
11 Buti, SimoneSimone Buti (C) 19 September 1983 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 346 cm (136 in) 328 cm (129 in) Italy Sir Sicoma Colussi Perugia
13 Colaci, MassimoMassimo Colaci 21 February 1985 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 314 cm (124 in) 306 cm (120 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
14 Piano, MatteoMatteo Piano 24 October 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 325 cm (128 in) Italy Azimut Modena
16 Antonov, OlegOleg Antonov 28 July 1988 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
17 Botto, IacopoIacopo Botto 22 September 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 320 cm (130 in) Italy Gi Group Monza
18 Sabbi, GiulioGiulio Sabbi 10 August 1989 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 325 cm (128 in) Italy Exprivia Molfetta
19 Ricci, FabioFabio Ricci 11 July 1994 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 272 cm (107 in) Italy Bunge Ravenna
20 Mazzone, TizianoTiziano Mazzone 22 July 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 315 cm (124 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
21 Sbertoli, RiccardoRiccardo Sbertoli 23 May 1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 326 cm (128 in) 246 cm (97 in) Italy Revivre Milano

Coach history[edit]

Record Attendance[edit]

  • Table updated to August 12, 2012.
# Player Appearances
1 Andrea Giani 474
2 Andrea Gardini 418
3 Luigi Mastrangelo 363
4 Samuele Papi* 361
5 Marco Bracci 347
6 Paolo Tofoli 342
7 Luca Cantagalli 330
8 Ferdinando De Giorgi 330
9 Andrea Sartoretti 330
10 Andrea Zorzi 325

Kit providers[edit]

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

Period Kit provider
2000–2008 Nike
Asics
2008– Asics
Crai
Armani

Sponsorship[edit]

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Kinder, Honda and Asics, other sponsors: Visit Trentino, Errea, Santal, Diadora, EthicSport, Reaxing, Crai, Nutrilite, Uliveto and Winform.

Media[edit]

Italy's matches and friendlies are currently televised by RAI and Rai Sport 1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Italy in Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "Team Roster - Italy". FIVB World League 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 

External links[edit]