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Giacobbe Antonio

 

 
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Tunisia head coach Giacobbe Antonio is considered one of the most successful foreign coaches in African Volleyball. The 55-year-old Italian has raised the level of Volleyball in Tunisia remarkably, to a point where Tunisia has won all the continental competitions and represented the continent in international competitions most often.

Before starting with Tunisia, Antonio worked as a coach in Italy before being appointed head coach of the Italian
national womenís team.

The former professor of sports then took over the reins as head coach of the Tunisian menís team in 1999 and has since seen Tunisia achieve incredible success. This includes qualification to the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, and title winning performances in both the 2002 Arab Championship in Lebanon and the 2003 African Championship in Egypt.

He also led Tunisia to the silver medal in the 2001 Mediterranean Games in Tunisia after a magnificent
final against Italy and saw Tunisia qualify for the 2003 World Cup in Japan, where the African representatives
recorded a historic victory against the hosts.

Antonioís final achievement to date is leading Tunisia to Olympic qualification in the African Olympic qualification
tournament in Tunisia in January.