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 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

 
Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Head coach BERRUTO Mauro
Assistant coach BROGIONI Andrea
Doctor BENELLI Piero
Therapist / trainer LAMA Davide
Journalist LISI Carlo
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  Dante Boninfante Boninfante 7/03/1977 194 75 334 315 Al-Arabi
    Ludovico Dolfo Dolfo 30/06/1989 195 87 347 330 Energy Resources Carilo
  Daniele Mazzone Mazzone 4/06/1992 208 88 345 323 Leo Shoes Modena
    Simone Parodi Parodi 16/06/1986 196 95 350 335 Biancorosso Volley ssdrl
  Luca Vettori Vettori 26/04/1991 200 95 345 323 Leo Shoes Modena
  1   Enrico Cester Cester 16/03/1988 202 93 336 321 A.s. Volley Lube Srl
  2 Jiri Kovar Kovar 10/04/1989 202 95 353 330 Volley Lube
  3   Massimo Colaci Colaci 21/02/1985 180 75 314 306 Sir Safety Perugia scsd
  L 4 F  Andrea Bari Bari 5/03/1980 185 81 327 310 Trentino Diatec
  5   F  Giorgio De Togni De Togni 7/07/1985 202 90 360 338 Sisley
  6 F  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 Top Volley srl
  9   F  Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 2/10/1988 204 100 370 355 Kemerovo
  10 Marco Falaschi Falaschi 18/09/1987 188 85 324 310 New Mater
  C 11   F  Cristian Savani Savani 22/02/1982 0 0 354 335 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 200 101 335 320 Belogorie Belgorod
  14 Stefano Patriarca Patriarca 23/07/1987 207 104 345 324 BCC-NEP
  15   F  Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 8/02/1981 202 95 340 316 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  16 F  Michele Baranowicz Baranowicz 5/08/1989 196 93 350 328 Biancorosso Volley ssdrl
  17   F  Dore Della Lunga Della Lunga 25/07/1984 190 83 350 325 Trentino Diatec
  18 F  Giulio Sabbi Sabbi 10/08/1989 201 92 352 325 Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
  L 19   F  Daniele De Pandis De Pandis 30/06/1984 183 73 319 300 Yoga
  20 Mattia Rosso Rosso 28/05/1985 198 98 347 315 Fidia
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Argentina
 
Team profile

Italy's first major volleyball success came in the form of a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championships, which they hosted, but it was only in the early '70s – after gold at the 1970 World University Games in Turin – that Italy became a major force in the sport. In 1978, Italy hosted the FIVB World Championship for the first time and the side, led by Carmelo Pittera, won the silver medal. They followed this up with a bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics under Silvano Prandi. In 1989, with the advent of Julio Velasco as the leader of the "Azzurri," Italy began a 15-year spell of domination that continued under coaches Bebeto, Anastasi and Montali. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three World Championships, one World Cup, six European Championships, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in Atlanta in 1996, bronze at Sydney in 2000 and silver at Athens in 2004). Most recently, they finished sixth in the 2010 World League after narrowly qualifying for the Final Round and were fourth at the World Championship in Italy last year.



Coach profile

Mauro Berruto, 42, was named head coach of the Italian national team in December 2010 after six years as head coach of Finland, who finished fourth in the European Championship in 2007 and earned wins over Brazil, Russia, the United States and Poland. The Finns also won the silver medal in the 2005 European League and Berruto was named Coach of the Year in 2007. During his time as assistant coach of Italy (2003-2004), the Azzurri won gold at the European C'ship, silver at the Olympics, and bronze and silver in the World League. Berruto has been head coach at a number of teams in Italy and Greece and has won two European Cups.

 

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