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World League 2010
21st Edition

 
 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

 
Team manager GAVAZZI Alberto
Head coach ANASTASI Andrea
Assistant coach GARDINI Andrea
Doctor BENELLI Piero
Therapist / trainer LAMBERTI Christian
Journalist LISI Carlo
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 F  Luigi Mastrangelo Mastrangelo 17/08/1975 202 90 368 336 Bre banca Lannuti Cuneo
  L 2   F  Davide Marra Marra 12/03/1984 180 70 322 300 Copra Morpho
  3 F  Simone Parodi Parodi 16/06/1986 196 82 350 335 Volley Lube
  L 4   F  Loris Manià Manià 27/01/1979 190 76 330 315 Trenkwalder
  C 5 F  Valerio Vermiglio Vermiglio 1/03/1976 193 85 342 320 ZENIT Kazan
  6   Rocco Barone Barone 14/12/1987 200 91 335 321 Tonno Callipo
  7 F  Michal Lasko Lasko 11/03/1981 202 104 348 337 Jastrzebski Wegel
  8   F  Gabriele Maruotti Maruotti 25/03/1988 195 92 348 340 Piemonte volley
  9 Matteo Martino Martino 28/01/1987 197 84 340 322 Lube Banca Marche
  10   Mauro Gavotto Gavotto 16/04/1979 201 88 350 330 Acqua Paradiso
  11 F  Cristian Savani Savani 22/02/1982 195 95 354 335 Lube Banca Marche
  12   F  Simone Buti Buti 19/09/1983 206 100 346 328 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  13 F  Dragan Travica Travica 28/08/1986 200 94 335 320 Belogorie Belgorod
  14   F  Alessandro Fei Fei 29/11/1978 204 90 358 336 Copra Elior Piacenza
  15 F  Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 8/02/1981 202 95 340 316 Trentino Volley
  16   Michele Baranowicz Baranowicz 5/08/1989 196 93 350 328 Volley Lube
  17 F  Andrea Sala Sala 27/12/1978 202 96 359 340 Trentino Betclic
  18   F  Matej Cernic Cernic 13/09/1978 192 80 354 335 Assecco Resovia
  19 Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 2/10/1988 202 92 355 348 Volley Lube
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Argentina
 
Team profile

The first success of the Italian National team was the bronze medal won at the European Championships in 1948, but it was only in the early seventies, after the gold at the World University Games in Turin, that Italy remained steadily at the top of world scenery, attending continuously the Olympic Games from 1976 onwards.

In 1978 Italy was the host country of the World Championships and the six Italian nationals, led by Carmelo Pittera, do conquer the silver medal.

In 1984 the Italian team ascends for the second time the podium of a great international event, winning the bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, when Silvano Prandi was the coach of the Italian boys.

In 1989, with the advent of Julio Velasco as the leader of the "azzurri" team, Italy starts its conquest of a long series of victories that continued for 15 years with other head coaches Bebeto, Anastasi and Montali.

From 1989 to 2005 Italy wins 3 World Championships -1990, 1994, 1998 – (after these victories Italy was appointed “Team of the century”), 1 World Cup, 6 European Championships, 8 World League and 3 Olympic podiums (silver medal Atlanta ’96, bronze medal Sidney 2000, silver medal Athens 2004).

In the last years the “azzurri” didn’t gain any podium, but always achieved very good international placings as the fourth place during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

THE BEST ITALIAN TEAM RESULTS

OLYMPIC GAMES
1984 - 3.         1996 - 2.         2000 - 3.       
2004 – 2. 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1978 - 2.         1990 - 1.         1994 - 1
1998 - 1.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
1948 - 3.         1989 - 1.         1991 - 2.
1993 - 1.         1995 - 1.         1997 - 3.
1999 - 1.         2001 - 2.         2003 - 1.
2005 – 1.

WORLD LEAGUE
1990 - 1.         1991 - 1.         1992 - 1.
1993 - 3.         1994 - 1.         1995 - 1.
1996 - 2.         1997 – 1.         1999 – 1.
2000 – 1.         2001 - 2.         2003 – 3.
2004 - 2.

 

WORLD CUP
1991 - 2.         1995 - 1.         1999 - 3.
2003 - 2.
Coach profile

Andrea Anastasi, nicknamed “Dwarf” during his time with the junior national team for his height as an average man (181 cm) in a world of giants, has years of experience behind him. He played 141 matches for the Italian national side and was himself a world champion at the 1990 edition. Furthermore he picked up the FIVB World League in 1990 as well as the European Championships in 1989.

He began coaching in 1994 with Italian Championship A2 division club Bibop Brescia before moving on to coach Italy at the 1999 FIVB World League, immediately taking his side to the FIVB World League title in Mar del Plata, Argentina as well as the European Championship.

In his second season with the national team, Anastasi again picked up the World League in Rotterdam. After Italy’s fifth place finish at the 2002 FIVB World Championships in Argentina he left to take over the coaches post in Spain which saw him become European Champion again in Moscow 2007. However in 2007 he was called back to coach the Italian national team once more.


In June 2008 Italy qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games where the team eventually finished fourth.

2009 saw Anastasi almost achieve qualification to the World League Final Round with just set difference denying them a place.


 

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