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Anzanello leads inductees to Italian Hall of Fame

Sara Anzanello won 278 caps for Italy
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27, 2019 – Late Italian World Championship gold medallist Sara Anzanello is one of 14 inductees to the Italian Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Anzanello died of cancer of the lymphatic system in 2018 aged 38, shortly after Italy had celebrated winning silver at the Japan 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

The former middle blocker is one of four former Italy players, along with Eleanora Lo Bianco, Andrea Nannini, and Paolo Tofoli to receive the honour in the Salone d’Onore at the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) headquarters in Rome.

The Italy Volleyball Hall of Fame was founded in 2016 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Italian Volleyball Federation’s (FIPAV) foundation and CONI president Giovanni Malago and FIVAP president Pietro Bruno Cattaneo led the ceremony.

Two former Italy coaches – Julio Velasco and Carmelo Pittera – were also honoured, along with one referee, two directors, one journalist and three founding fathers. Former player and FIVB New Events Business Director Angelo Squeo was also recognised for his contribution to the development of the sport of beach volleyball.

A ceremony was held to celebrate the new inductees

Sara Anzanello won 278 Italy caps after making her debut in 1998 aged 17. She was part of the squads that won Germany 2002 World Championship gold and gold at the 2007 and 2011 FIVB World Cup.

Lo Bianco made her Italy debut in 1998 against Brazil and went on to set a national record of 548 caps. She was one of Anzanello’s teammates at the Germany World Championship and also won European gold in 2007 and featured in five Olympic Games, from Sydney 2000 to Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Nannini was one of the most versatile players of his generation. He made his Italy debut in 1962 and made a total of 193 appearances for the Azzurri. He played at the Moscow 1962 and Bulgaria 1970 World Championship, as well as three European Championships. At club level he won the Serie A championship four times.

Paolo Tofoli was part of Italy’s ‘Super Team’ that won World Championship gold in 1990 and 1994. However, they were unable to match that success at Olympic Games and had to settle for silver at Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004, and bronze at Sydney 2000.

He also helped Italy to European Championship gold in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1999, and finished his Italy career with 342 caps.

Velasco coached Italy to two World Championship titles, five FIVB World League golds, three European golds and silver at Atlanta 1996, while Pittera coached Italy to their first World Championship medal, silver at the Italy 1978 edition.

Read more on the Italian Federation website here.


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