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 ITA / Italy - Team Composition
Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Head coach BARBOLINI Massimo
Assistant coach BRACCI Marco
Doctor FERRAZZA Fabrizio
Therapist / trainer NOCENTINI Luca
Journalist LISI Carlo
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Sara Anzanello Anzanello 30.07.1980 193 78 316 298 Azerrail Baku
7   Martina Guiggi Guiggi 01.05.1984 187 80 317 240 Igor Volley Novara
8 Jenny Barazza Barazza 24.07.1981 188 77 300 285 Liu Jo Volley Modena
9   Manuela Secolo Secolo 22.02.1977 180 70 302 279 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
L 10 Paola Cardullo Cardullo 18.03.1982 159 56 275 268
11   Serena Ortolani Ortolani 07.01.1987 187 63 320 240 Pro Victoria Pallavolo SRL
12 Taismary Aguero Aguero 05.03.1977 177 69 322 300 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
13   Francesca Ferretti Ferretti 15.02.1984 180 70 296 280 Rabita Baku
C 14 Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22.12.1979 171 67 287 273 Galatasaray Istanbul
15   Antonella Del Core Del Core 05.11.1980 180 75 296 279 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
17 Simona Gioli Gioli 17.09.1977 185 70 307 283 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

Volleyball is the most practised women sport in Italy and FIPAV (the Italian Volleyball Federation) can count on more than 100.000 registered athletes.
Already since several seasons the national team has gained a position in the Volley elite and the "blue" girls dream about gaining the first Olympic qualification at Sydney 2000 Games. In order to reach this goal the Italian Federation has worked out a particular project called "Club Italia" with the aim of creating the conditions for the six blue girls to develop their technique up to the highest level. In this perspective FIPAV has requested the organization of the 1999 Womens European Championships and reached the 3th place in Rome.
In the past the best performances at international level are the third position at the 1989 European Championships which took place in Germany and the fifth place at the 1998 World Championships which took place in Japan.

The blue girls were also ranked in 4th position in the 1991 and 1993 editions of the European Championships.
Other important achievements were the
victories at the Mediterranean Games and University Games in 1991 and 1997.
In the last seasons the development in the Italian women volleyball has been steadily growing, especially at youth level. In 1995 the national youth team won the European Championships and reached the third position at the World Championships; in 1996 the Junior Italian team conquered the continental title for the first time.
Italy took also part in the FIVB Grand Prix in its 1994 edition, reaching a respectable 8th position, in its 1997 edition 5th place, in its 1998 edition 5th place, in its 1999 edition 4th place and in its 2003 edition 5th place. In 1999 the Italian team reached also the 5th place in the World Cup.
In 2000 the "Azzurre" reached, for the first time, the Olympic qualification winning the Tokyo Tournament, after the 2nd place in the Bremen Tournament. In the Olympic Games reached the 9th place.

In 2001 Italy conquers his first continental final and winning the silver medal to the European of Varna in Bulgaria
In 2002 the Italian Team "Azzurre" conquered the second place in BVC Mastrer Montreux and the World Champions Title in Germany.

The 2004 is open with del qualification of the Olympic Games, the wins of the BCV Volley Master in Montreux, the second place of the Grand Prix and the 5th place in the Olympic Games.

In 2005 wins the silver medal in the Grand Prix and the silver medal in the European Championship

In 2006 wins the bronze medal in the World Grand Prix.

In 2007 the Italian Team wins the bronze medal in the World Grand Prix and the Gold Medal in the European Championship


He was born in 1964 on the 29th of August. He has been appointed as coach of the women italian national team on September 21, 2006. His experience as a Volleyball coach is long and succesful. He began in the 80s with the men team of Modena, as assistent-coach of Julio Velasco. As coach of men's teams he guided Agrigento (Serie A2), Modena and Spoleto in Serie A1. Then he moved to women’s club of Matera, where he won two titles as Italian Champion and one Champions League; he also guided the team of Rome for one season. Since 1997 he guides Perugia, with which he won other two italian championship titles and one Champions League. His palmares consists of: 4 titles as Italian Champion, 5 Coppa Italia (Italian Cup), 2 Champions League, and other 4 continental cups. He is married with Roberta and he has two daughters, Valentina (13) and Annalisa (3).

With the Women National Team he won the Gold medal in the 2007 European Championship.