FIVB - Volleyball World League


 ITA / Italy

Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Coach BERRUTO Mauro
Assistant coach BROGIONI Andrea
2nd assistant coach GIANI Andrea
Doctor BENELLI Piero
Physiotherapist LAMA Davide
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Position Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Thomas Beretta Beretta 18.04.1990 MB 205 105 359 330 Modena Volley Punto Zero
  3   Simone Parodi Parodi 16.06.1986 OS 196 95 350 335 Biancorosso Volley ssdrl
  4 Luca Vettori Vettori 26.04.1991 OP 200 95 345 323 Leo Shoes Modena
  9   Ivan Zaytsev Zaytsev 02.10.1988 OS 204 100 370 355 Kemerovo
  10 Filippo Lanza Lanza 03.03.1991 OS 198 98 350 330 Vero volley Monza
  C 11   Cristian Savani Savani 22.02.1982 - 0 0 354 335 Lube Banca Marche
  12 Daniele Mazzone Mazzone 04.06.1992 MB 208 88 345 323 Leo Shoes Modena
  13   Dragan Travica Travica 28.08.1986 S 200 101 335 320 Belogorie Belgorod
  14 Matteo Piano Piano 24.10.1990 MB 208 102 352 325 Power Volley
  15   Emanuele Birarelli Birarelli 08.02.1981 MB 202 95 340 316 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  L 17 Andrea Giovi Giovi 19.08.1983 L 183 80 310 290 Sir Safety Umbria Volley
  19   Marco Falaschi Falaschi 18.09.1987 S 188 85 324 310 BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte
  L 20 Salvatore Rossini Rossini 13.07.1986 L 185 82 312 301 Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
  21   Michele Fedrizzi Fedrizzi 21.05.1991 OS 192 80 354 325 Trentino Volley
 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 1970s – after gold at the 1970 World University Games in Turin – that Italy became a major force in the sport.

In 1978, Italy hosted the FIVB World Championship and the team, led by Carmelo Pittera, won the silver medal. They followed this up with a bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games 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” Freitas, Andrea Anastasi and Gian Paolo Montali. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three FIVB World Championships, one FIVB World Cup, six European Championships, eight FIVB World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in Atlanta in 1996, bronze at Sydney in 2000 and silver at Athens in 2004).

More recently, there have been glimpses that a possible return back to the glory days with their current young and progressive line-up. They finished sixth at the FIVB World League 2010, second at the 2011 European Championship and fourth at the FIVB World Cup in 2010.

The team also won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Coach profile

Mauro Berruto was named coach of Italy’s national team in December 2010 after six years as coach of Finland where he was named Coach of the Year in 2007.

In 2003 and 2004, Berruto was assistant coach of Italy, helping the team to a gold medal victory at the European Championship, silver at the Olympic Games, and bronze and silver in the FIVB World League.

His hands-on nature seems to be turning Italy in the right direction, leading them to win a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and silver at the 2011 World Cup.