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Gian Paolo Montali
 

 

 
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Gian Paolo Montali had a difficult beginning to his stewardship of the national team immediately after replacing Andrea Anastasi. The most successful team in the history of the World League stuttered to only fourth place in the 2002 tournament and things got even worse for the once invincible Squadra Azzuri at the World Championship in Argentina in the same year where they finished fifth.

However, Montali had a recipe to revert the downhill course which, although quite simple, proved very effective: “Attitude, attitude, attitude,” he said, underlining that he expected all his star players to dedicate themselves to every competition, match, set and even rally. The national team improved dramatically in 2003, claiming silver at the World Cup, winning the European Championships and gaining bronze at the World League.

Montali had already scored a string of achievements in his native land where he coached teams from four cities to five different championships. “Coaching the national team is a great experience,” he once said but after last year's silver medals in the 2004 World League and Olympic Games the question begs to asked again.

For Montali, the 2005 World League represents an opportunity to use some new players to try and unseat Brazil from the top of the podium while returning Italy to where they accustomed to be - on top.

World League results (not including 2005)
Montali Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
32 19 13 59.38