FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

 
Team manager GAVAZZI Alberto
Head coach BARBOLINI Massimo
Assistant coach BRACCI Marco
Doctor FERRAZZA Fabrizio
Therapist / trainer ROSI Laura
Journalist LISI Carlo
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Sara Anzanello Anzanello 30.07.1980 193 78 316 298
  2   Cristina Barcellini Barcellini 20.11.1986 183 78 307 292
  L 3 Paola Croce Croce 06.03.1978 167 52 290 265
  6   Monica De Gennaro De Gennaro 08.01.1987 174 67 292 270
  8 Carolina del Pilar Costagrande Costagrande 15.10.1980 188 80 312 291
  9   Caterina Bosetti Caterina 02.02.1994 179 59 299 281
  L 10 Immacolata Sirressi Sirressi 19.05.1990 175 62 284 260
  13   Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26.01.1985 185 72 318 310
  C 14 Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22.12.1979 171 67 287 273
  15   Antonella Del Core Del Core 05.11.1980 180 70 296 279
  16 Lucia Bosetti Bosetti 09.07.1989 175 65 306 286
  17   Simona Gioli Gioli 17.09.1977 185 70 307 283
  18 Noemi Signorile Signorile 15.02.1990 182 74 284 265
  19   Raphaela Folie Folie 07.03.1991 186 82 307 283
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Volleyball is the most practised women’s sport in Italy thanks to recent results, including the 2007 FIVB World Cup title. Italy gained a position among women’s volleyball elite with their first Olympic qualification in 2000 where they finished ninth. Prior to that, their best performance at international level was fifth at the 1998 FIVB World Championship.

Italy first took part in the FIVB World Grand Prix in 1994 while in 2001 they reached their first continental final and a year later they picked up the ultimate honour – the FIVB Women’s World Championship title with an outstanding performance in Germany. The year 2004 saw the side finish fifth at the Olympic Games and second at the FIVB World Grand Prix. In 2005 they took silver again at the FIVB World Grand Prix before winning bronze in 2006, and 2007 was a golden year for the side as they won the European Championship and the FIVB World Cup.

In 2008 they finished fifth again at the Olympics and picked up their third bronze medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, a feat they repeated in 2010, and they also won the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Their recent success always puts Italy amongst the favourites however, to ensure a medal, coach Massimo Barbolini has the big task of getting his team to play consistently at their best.

Coach profile

Massimo Barbolini, a setter before injury stopped his playing career at age 20, went into coaching soon after, starting as an assistant coach to Julio Velasco at Panini Modena before moving on to take the helm at Agrigento, Modena, Rome and Perugia. During his club career Barbolini won four Italian Championships, five Italian Cups, two CEV Cups, two Champions Cups and one European Supercup. Since 2006, he has worked with Italy's national team capturing two European Championships, the FIVB World Cup 2007 and the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup 2009.