Gulinelli named as new coach of Slovakia men's team
Gulinelli is Slovakia’s second Italian coach after Emanuele Zanini.
"We have had good experiences with Italian coaches and that was the reason why contacted Mr. Gulinelli,” Slovak Volleyball Federation President Lubor Halanda said. “We were in talks for about a month and we reached an agreement on Tuesday in Milan. Mr. Gulinelli is a proven coach with great international experience and we believe that it was a good choice. I hope he will be successful with our team. Our main goals are to qualify for the FIVB World Championship and CEV European Championship.”
Gulinelli was not present at the press conference but he answered questions from the media via a video connection from Italy.
“It is a great pleasure for me to become coach of the Slovakian team, which has very good quality,” Gulinelli stated. “I know Slovakian players from Italy and I also know Lukas Divis from Russia. I am looking forward to working with them and I will start immediately because in two months we will play in the World Championship qualification tournament, which is very important."
Gulinelli is also coach of Ural Ufa, the runners-up in Russia’s top division last season. “No club is happy when a coach has a new job,” Gulinelli admitted. “On the other hand, they understand that working with a national team is a great bonus for every coach.”
Gulinelli was an assistant coach of the Italian men’s team who took gold at the 1998 FIVB Men’s World Championship and gold in the 1997 World League. He guided Greek club Iraklis to the Final Four tournament of the 2009 Champions League and has coached several clubs in Italy’s Serie A1, as well as Halkbank Ankara in Turkey and Olympiacos Pireus in Greece. Last season, he was head coach of the Portugal national team.