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Giani stops by on Italian preparations

Rome, Italy, May 18, 2005 – Last year’s World League runner’s up Italy welcomed former skipper Andrea Giani into a team-building lunch session in Rome on Wednesday.

With less than 10 days to go until the opening whistle of the 2005 event, Italy had lunch together in the presence of the inspirational Giani, who, as one of the hardest spikers in the game, played in 13 out of the 15 World League editions played to date, starting in 1991 and finishing last year with seven World League gold medals in return plus three World Championship gold medals, before embarking on a gym session in the afternoon.

Pic: Giani with 419 on his shirt when playing his record breaking 419th match during the 2003 World League
However it was not all good news for Italy ahead of their opening match against France in Ragusa with experienced setter Marco Meoni suffering a muscle injury. He will stay with the team in order to receive the best possible treatment but coach Gian Paolo Montali has called in Giacomo Sintini on standby.
 
 
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