FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Italy’s first major volleyball success was a bronze medal
at the 1948 European Championships, which they
hosted, but it was only in the early 1970s – after gold
at the 1970World University Games in Turin – that Italy
became a major force in the sport.
In 1978, Italy hosted the FIVBWorld Championship and
the team, led by Carmelo Pittera, won the silver medal.
This was followed with 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, they finished sixth at the FIVB
World League 2010, second at the 2011 European
Championship and fourth at the FIVB World Cup in
The team also won a bronze medal at the 2012
London Olympic Games.
Mauro Berruto was named
coach of Italy’s national team in
December 2010 after six years
coaching Finland where he was
named Coach of the Year in 2007.
In 2003 and 2004, Berruto was
assistant coach of Italy, helping the team to a gold
medal victory at the European Championship, silver at
the Olympic Games, and bronze and silver in the FIVB
World League. His hands-on nature seems to be turning
Italy in the right direction as he has lead them to win a
bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games and
silver at the 2011 World Cup.
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