Giannelli ready for call from club and country
Trento, Italy, January 2, 2016 – Simone Giannelli has a huge year to look ahead to in 2016, for both the Italy national team and for his club side Trentino after making his mark on the volleyball world in 2015.
The 19-year-old setter helped Italy qualify for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games with a second-place finish at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, which means he can look forward to competing in Rio 2016, a tournament in which he will celebrate his 20th birthday.
“The highlights of the year were certainly our victory in the national league back in May and then our qualification for the Olympics in Rio, since I had the opportunity to play as a starter on both occasions,” Giannelli said.
“A lot of things have changed for me in just 12 months. A year ago I still hadn’t started my first league match.
“Obviously I am not going to rest on the laurels; I am working really hard to make sure that the future will be even better, because there are goals that can be achieved only if you deserve them and if you earn them by taking every day with the utmost commitment. I always look forward anyways, but my satisfaction for the year 2015 that I’m leaving behind is of course undeniable.
As well as packing in plenty of action on the volleyball court, Giannelli also finished high school and earned his driving licence. He has recently returned to training with Trentino following their New Year’s break with the CEV Champions League firmly in his team’s sights.
Giannelli has already proven himself one of the stars of the Champions League where Trentino have won three of their four matches so far to top Pool C. They complete the pool stages in January with a home match against Greek side PAO Thessaloniki and an away fixture against Belgium’s Noliko Maasiek.
“Compared to 365 days ago I think I improved technically as a setter and also in the management of our game plan, but I think I can still improve a lot from this point of view,” Giannelli added.
“Trentino are a strong team, with young players who are not afraid of working hard. We had some good results so far this season in our national league but frankly speaking we could have done more if we hadn’t had a few ups and downs in some matches.
“It will definitely be an important year. There are many events and competitions to experience, first with Trentino and then with the national team.”