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Volleyball family mourns death of Italian star player Sara Anzanello

Rome, Italy, October 25, 2018 - With deep sadness and sorrow, the Italian Volleyball Federation has announced the passing of Sara Anzanello, who died on Thursday at the age of 38.

Anzanello recorded as many as 278 caps with the Italian national team, contributing to Italy’s historic success at the 2002 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship held in Germany. Together with Team Italy, Anzanello won the 2007 and 2011 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World Cup as well as silver at the 2005 European Championship in Croatia.

Standing at 193 cm, Anzanello’s nickname was the ‘Big Smurf’ after she showed up for training in Novara one day after dying her hair blue – apparently by mistake. A few years ago, she underwent liver transplantation and went through a long rehabilitation process.  

All fans will remember Sara as an extremely friendly, down-to-earth and smiling person, who fought hard until the end for her full recovery.

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