Italy have a proud volleyball history, as evidenced by their appearance in all 24 editions of the World League. The Azzurri have won eight titles, an achievement bettered only by Brazil’s tally of nine. This year’s World's League marks Italy’s first hosting of the event for a decade and coincides with a strong run of recent form as they seek to end a 14-year gold medal drought. In 2013 Italy enjoyed podium finishes in every competition they entered. The team took gold in the Mediterranean Games, silver in the European Championship and bronzes in the World League and the Grand Champions Cup.
The Italians boast a track record of success dating back to a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championship, which they hosted. However, it was only in the early 1970s that Italy became a major force in the sport. They won a bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. Then came a 15-year period of domination under the guidance of Julio Velasco. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three FIVB World Championship, one FIVB World Cup, six European Championships, eight FIVB World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in Atlanta 1996, bronze in Sydney 2000, silver in Athens 2004). More recently they claimed yet another bronze medal at London 2012.