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 ITA / Italy - Team Composition  
 
Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Head coach BARBOLINI Massimo
Assistant coach BRACCI Marco
Doctor FERRAZZA Fabrizio
Therapist / trainer NOCENTINI Luca
Journalist LISI Carlo
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
3 Paola Croce Croce 6/03/1978 167 52 290 265 Liu Jo Volley Modena
4   Nadia Centoni Centoni 19/06/1981 182 63 307 291 Galatasaray Istanbul
7 Martina Guiggi Guiggi 1/05/1984 183 69 315 290 Guangdong Evergrande
8   Jenny Barazza Barazza 24/07/1981 188 77 300 285 Liu Jo Volley Modena
9 Manuela Secolo Secolo 22/02/1977 180 70 302 279 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
L 10   Paola Cardullo Cardullo 18/03/1982 159 56 275 268
11 Serena Ortolani Ortolani 7/01/1987 187 63 308 288 Pomì Casalmaggiore
12   Francesca Piccinini Piccinini 10/01/1979 184 71 304 279 Liu Jo Modena
13 Francesca Ferretti Ferretti 15/02/1984 180 70 296 280 Rabita Baku
C 14   Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22/12/1979 171 67 287 273 Galatasaray Istanbul
16 Taismary Aguero Aguero 5/03/1977 177 69 322 300 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
17   Simona Gioli Gioli 17/09/1977 185 70 307 283 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Volleyball is the most practised women's sport in Italy and FIPAV (the Italian Volleyball Federation) can count on more than 100,000 registered athletes.

This popularity is paying off at international level.

In 2007 the Italian women's team won two gold medals, at the FIVB World Cup and European Championship, and the bronze at the FIVB World Grand Prix.

The previous year they claimed bronze at the World Grand Prix and in 2005 gathered two silver medals at the World Grand Prix and European Championship.

The gold medal at the World Cup in 2007 guaranteed the Italians a place at the Beijing Games.

It will be their third successive Summer Games after qualifying for the event for the first time in 2000.

Then they finished in ninth place, improving on that in Athens four years later with a fifth-place finish.

With their form of the previous few years, they'll be hoping to secure their first podium finish in Beijing.

It has been a rapid improvement from the Italians, which was triggered by the project behind qualifying for their first Olympics.

In order to reach this goal, the Italian Volleyball Federation worked out a project called "Club Italia" with the aim of creating the right conditions for six "girls in blue" to develop their technique to the highest level.

In relation to this, the FIPAV requested the organization of the 1999 women's European Championships in Rome, where the Italians finished third.

Before that, the best performances at international level were third position at the 1989 European Championships in Germany and fifth place at the 1998 FIVB World Championship in Japan.

The Italian women had also ranked fourth in the 1991 and 1993 editions of the European Championships.

From 2000, the development in Italian Women's Volleyball has been impressive. In 2001 Italy claimed their first continental final medal by winning silver at the European Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.

Three years later, they scooped a silver medal again, this time in the World Grand Prix.

They were beginning to show consistent signs of the high-quality Volleyball that was to come.

Massimo Barbolini began his coaching career in Men's Volleyball. He was assistant coach of Panini Modena when the Head Coach was Julio Velasco.

After this experience he became Head Coach for Agrigento and then Modena.

In the 1993-1994 season, he started working with Women's teams in Matera.

He remained at Matera for three seasons. For the 1996-1997 season he was at Rome for just one year before moving to Perugia in 1997-1998 season and staying until the 2006-2007.

In June 2007 Barbolini started coaching the Italian Women's National Team.

He led the Italians to first place at the 2007 European Championships before guiding them to first place at the 2007 World Cup in Japan and a place in the 2008 Olympic Games Volleyball Tournament in Beijing.

In a trophy-laden spell in Club Volleyball, Barbolini, born in Modena on August 29, 1964, won four Italian Championships, five Italian Cups, two CEV Cups, two Champions Cups and one European Supercup.