FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 ITA / Italy

Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Coach BERRUTO Mauro
Assistant coach BROGIONI Andrea
2nd assistant coach POZZI Andrea
Doctor BENELLI Piero
Physiotherapist DAILIANIS Daniele
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Thomas Beretta Beretta 18.04.1990 205 105 359 330 Modena Volley Punto Zero
  2   Jiri Kovar Kovar 10.04.1989 202 95 353 330 Volley Lube
  4 Luca Vettori Vettori 26.04.1991 200 95 345 323 Leo Shoes Modena
  6   Ludovico Dolfo Dolfo 30.06.1989 195 87 347 330 Altotevere
  L 7 Salvatore Rossini Rossini 13.07.1986 185 82 312 301 Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
  9   Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 02.10.1988 204 100 370 355 Kemerovo
  10 Filippo Lanza Lanza 03.03.1991 198 98 350 330 Vero volley Monza
  13   Dragan Travica Travica 28.08.1986 200 101 335 320 Belogorie Belgorod
  14 Matteo Piano Piano 24.10.1990 208 102 352 325 Power Volley
  C 15   Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 08.02.1981 202 95 340 316 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  16 Michele Baranowicz Baranowicz 05.08.1989 196 93 350 328 Biancorosso Volley ssdrl
  18   Giulio Sabbi Sabbi 10.08.1989 201 92 352 325 Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Italy’s first major volleyball success came in the form of a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championships, which they hosted, but it was only in the early ‘70s that Italy became a major force in the sport – with the gold at the 1970 World University Games in Turin. In 1978, Italy hosted the World Championship, and the team led by Carmelo Pittera, won the silver medal. They followed this up with a bronze at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles under Silvano Prandi.

In 1989, with the advent of Julio Velasco as the leader of the Azzurri, Italy began a 15-year spell of domination that continued under coaches Paulo Roberto “Bebeto” de Freitas, Andrea Anastasi and Gian Paolo Montali. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three World Championships, one World Cup, six European Championships, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in Atlanta 1996, bronze in Sydney 2000 and silver in Athens 2004).

More recently, there have been glimpses of a possible revival of the Italian team’s glory days with their current young and progressive players. They finished sixth at the 2010 World League, second at the 2011 European Championship and fourth at the 2011 World Cup. They also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2013 World League, and a silver medal at the European Championship.

Coach profile

Mauro Berruto was named coach of the Italy men’s national team in December 2010 after six years of working as coach of Finland. Back in 2003 and 2004, Berruto was part of the coaching staff of Italy as an assistant coach, where he helped the team to capture a gold medal victory at the European Championship, bronze and silver medals at the World League, and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As coach, his hands-on approach with the team steered Italy to win bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, bronze at the 2013 World League, and silver at the European Championship.