FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 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
  1 Luigi Mastrangelo Mastrangelo 17.08.1975 202 90 368 336
  3   Simone Parodi Parodi 16.06.1986 196 82 350 335
  4 Andrea Bari Bari 05.03.1980 185 81 327 310
  7   Michal Lasko Lasko 11.03.1981 202 104 348 337
  9 Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 02.10.1988 202 92 355 348
  10   Dante Boninfante Boninfante 07.03.1977 194 75 334 315
  C 11 Cristian Savani Savani 22.02.1982 195 95 354 335
  12   Simone Buti Buti 19.09.1983 206 100 346 328
  13 Dragan Travica Travica 28.08.1986 200 94 335 320
  14   Alessandro Fei Fei 29.11.1978 204 90 358 336
  15 Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 08.02.1981 202 95 340 316
  L 17   Andrea Giovi Giovi 19.08.1983 183 80 310 290
  18 Giulio Sabbi Sabbi 10.08.1989 201 92 352 325
  20   Mattia Rosso Rosso 28.05.1985 198 98 347 315
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
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 1970s – 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 Olympic Games 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 Paulo Roberto “Bebeto” Freitas, Andrea Anastasi and Gian Paolo Montali. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three FIVB World Championships, one FIVB World Cup, six European Championships, eight FIVB World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in Atlanta in 1996, bronze at Sydney in 2000 and silver at Athens in 2004).

More recently, there have been glimpses that a possible return back to the glory days aren’t far away with their current young and progressive line-up finishing sixth at the FIVB World League this year after narrowly qualifying for the Finals, second at the 2011 European Championship and fourth at the FIVB World Championship last year.

Coach profile

Mauro Berruto was named Italy coach in December 2010 after six years as coach of Finland where he was named Coach of the Year in 2007. During his time as assistant coach of Italy from 2003 to 2004, the Azzurri won gold at the European Championship, silver at the Olympic Games, and bronze and silver in the FIVB World League. His hands-on nature already seems to be turning Italy in the right direction after an impressive showing in this year’s World League, Berruto’s first FIVB tournament in charge.