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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Italy, who have had their fair share of success since 2006,
enter the 2013 WGP with a new coach and many new
faces. Marco Mencarelli, the former coach of the junior
women’s team, is now in charge and takes over a side
who won back to backWorld Cups in 2007 and 2011, the
Grand Champions Cup in 2009 whilst managing a best
result of third at the WGP in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Key players missing from the Italian squad include
former captain Eleonora Lo Bianco, Francesca Piccinini
and Simona Gioli while Antonella Del Core is retired.
Martina Guiggi is the new skipper while powerhouse
attacker Carolina Costagrande, Valentina Arrighetti and
former age-group stars Lucia and Caterina Bosetti are
included. Volleyball has more female participants than
any other sport in Italy, the result of a concerted effort by
the Italian Federation. Italy previously earned its position
among women’s volleyball elite with their first Olympic
qualification in 2000 where they finished ninth. Prior to
that, their best performance at the international level was
a fifth-place finish at the 1998 FIVBWorld Championship.
Italy first took part in the WGP in 1994 and is the sixth
most successful country with two silver and four bronze
medals although the world No. 4 is still to conquer the
gold. In 2001 they reached their first continental final and
a year later they picked up the ultimate honour – breaking
the domination of Russia, Cuba, China and Japan to
triumph at the World Champs in Germany. In 2004 the
COACH
Marco Mencarelli joined the staff of
the Italy women’s senior national
team in 2001 as assistant coach,
helping them clinch victory at
the 2002 FIVB Women’s World
Championship in Berlin and silver at
the 2001 European Championships
in Bulgaria. In 2005 he led Italy to a bronze medal in
the Mediterranean Games. Since 2006, Mencarelli has
coached the Italian women’s junior national team and
won three consecutive European Championships: France
in 2006, Italy in 2008 and Serbia in 2010. He also helped
his side to a fifth place finish at the 2009 FIVB U20 World
Championship in Thailand followed by a gold medal at
the 2011 edition in Peru.
ITALY
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
4
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
2
nd
2005
2
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2 4 6
10
th
2012
LAST:
Week 1
E
Week 2
J
Week 3
O
POOLS
Azzurre finished fifth at the Olympic Games and second
at the WGP. In 2005 they took silver again at the WGP
before becoming European champions in 2007.
In 2008 they finished fifth again at the Olympics and
defended their European Championship title in 2009
however more recently, after all the excellent build
up, Italy were disappointed to fall at the London 2012
quarterfinals (a third consecutive fifth-place Olympic
finish) to Korea, ranked 11 places below them. This year
they finished fourth at the Montreux Volley Masters.