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Piccinini says arrivederci to professional volleyball

Piccinini played in four Olympic Games for Italy
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 24, 2019 – Italian superstar Francesca Piccinini has announced her retirement from professional volleyball at 40 years of age. 

Piccinini used an interview on Italian chatshow Verissimo to announce her decision after a glittering career at international and club level. 

“I’m here to announce that I won’t be playing volleyball anymore, I’m retiring,” she said. “I’ve lived a dream for many years, but I feel that it is the right moment to stop this fantastic life and begin another.”

In 2018 Piccinini celebrated 25 years as a professional having made her debut in 1993 for Pallavolo Carrarese against Olimpia Teodora Ravenna.

She enjoyed a glittering career and went out in winning style with a sixth Champions League, for Novara. 

At international level she was part of the Italy team that won gold at the Japan 2002 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship. She also claimed gold at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, and the 2007 and 2009 CEV European Championships. 

She also featured at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Piccinini had a taste of life after playing when she commentated for Italian television when Italy won bronze at the European Championships. 

“It was hard to make this decision, but I am 40-years-old, and I am leaving having won my seventh Champions League two months ago,” she said. “I will miss that feeling before a match and the adrenaline rush after a win, but I want to try something else. 

“We will see what happens in the future, but I don’t want to coach at the top level because it means I will still be in the gym every day. However, I would like to help develop young players.”

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