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Giani appointed new head coach by Slovenia

Andrea Giani assisted Italy coach Mauro Berruto at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014
Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 16, 2015 - The Slovenian Volleyball Federation has appointed Italian legend Andrea Giani as the new head coach of Slovenia's men's team. Giani's first test on the Slovenian bench will be against Portugal at the end of May in qualifying matches for the European Championship.

Giani spent his playing career in Parma and Modena, winning five Italian championship crowns and collecting five Italian Cup victories. With Italy, he was capped a record 474 times. He also won three Olympic medals, three consecutive world titles and four European titles.
Giani started his coaching career just after his retirement as a player in 2008, becoming the head coach of Italian A1 League team Modena, winning the CEV Challenge Cup in his first season at the helm. In 2009-10, he was named head coach of A2 League team Roma, which he led to the A1 League in his first season in charge. In 2012-13, he moved to BluVolley Verona.

Giani also served as an assistant coach with the Italian national team from 2011-2014, winning silver at the European Championships in 2011 and 2013, and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London.

"I am very happy and honoured to be able to coach a national team which has so many great players. I thank the President of the Slovenian Federation Mr Ropret and the Council for giving me this great opportunity.

"This season will be long and difficult, but at the end of it we would like to prove to everyone the value and strength of our team," Giani said after taking over from Luka Slabe, who resigned from the position at the beginning of February for personal reasons.

Slovenian Volleyball Federation President Metod Ropret said: "There were 22 candidates for the spot, which clearly shows that the interest for leading this generation of players was enormous. We chose Mr Giani as he is a young and ambitious, and is highly respected in volleyball circles. He was tremendous as a player and his coaching statistics are also impressive."

The Slovenian team is targeting qualification for the European Championship, as well as strong results at the event itself, which will take place in Bulgaria and Italy. The Slovenians also hope to qualify for future editions of the FIVB Volleyball World League.


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