FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 ITA / Italy

 
Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Coach BERRUTO Mauro
Assistant coach BROGIONI Andrea
2nd assistant coach GIANI Andrea
Doctor BENELLI Piero
Physiotherapist LAMA Davide
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Thomas Beretta Beretta 18.04.1990 205 105 359 330 Modena Volley Punto Zero
  2   Jiri Kovar Kovar 10.04.1989 202 95 353 330 Volley Lube
  3 Simone Parodi Parodi 16.06.1986 196 82 350 335 Volley Lube
  4   Luca Vettori Vettori 26.04.1991 200 95 345 323 Biancorosso Volley
  5 Giorgio De Togni De Togni 07.07.1985 202 90 360 338 Altotevere
  6   Ludovico Dolfo Dolfo 30.06.1989 195 87 347 330 BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte
  7 Enrico Cester Cester 16.03.1988 202 93 336 321 BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte
  8   Gabriele Maruotti Maruotti 25.03.1988 195 92 348 340 Piemonte volley
  9 Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 02.10.1988 202 92 355 348 Volley Lube
  10   Filippo Lanza Lanza 03.03.1991 198 98 350 330 Trentino Volley
  C 11 Cristian Savani Savani 22.02.1982 195 95 354 335 Lube Banca Marche
  12   Daniele Mazzone Mazzone 04.06.1992 208 88 315 309 Nuova Pallavolo Molfetta
  13 Dragan Travica Travica 28.08.1986 200 94 335 320 Belogorie Belgorod
  14   Matteo Piano Piano 24.10.1990 208 102 352 325 Altotevere Città di Castello
  15 Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 08.02.1981 202 95 340 316 Trentino Volley
  16   Michele Baranowicz Baranowicz 05.08.1989 196 93 350 328 Volley Lube
  L 17 Andrea Giovi Giovi 19.08.1983 183 80 310 290 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  18   Giulio Sabbi Sabbi 10.08.1989 201 92 352 325 Nuova Pallavolo Molfetta
  19 Marco Falaschi Falaschi 18.09.1987 188 85 324 310 BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte
  L 20   Salvatore Rossini Rossini 13.07.1986 185 82 312 301 Top volley
  21 Michele Fedrizzi Fedrizzi 21.05.1991 192 80 354 325 Trentino Volley
  22   Davide Saitta Saitta 23.06.1987 182 92 320 300 Nuova Pallavolo Molfetta
 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 and the team, 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 with their current young and progressive line-up. They finished sixth at the FIVB World League 2010, second at the 2011 European Championship and fourth at the FIVB World Cup in 2010.

The team also won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 
Coach profile

Mauro Berruto was named coach of Italy’s national team in December 2010 after six years as coach of 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, leading them to win a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and silver at the 2011 World Cup.