Italy men's national volleyball team

The Italy men's national volleyball team represents the country in international competitions and friendly matches. It dominated international volleyball competitions in the 1990s and early 2000s, by winning three World Championships in a row (1990, 1994 and 1998), seven European Championships, one World Cup (1995) and eight World League (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000).

Italy
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Nickname(s)Gli Azzurri (The Blues)
AssociationFederazione Italiana Pallavolo (in Italian)
ConfederationCEV
Head coachItaly Ferdinando De Giorgi
FIVB ranking5 (as of November 26, 2021)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances12 (First in 1976)
Best resultSilver medal.svg (1996, 2004, 2016)
World Championship
Appearances18 (First in 1949)
Best resultGold (1990, 1994, 1998)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1989)
Best resultSimple gold cup.svg (1995)
European Championship
Appearances29 (First in 1948)
Best resultGold (1989, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2021)
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MedalsEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 0 3 3 6
World Championship 3 1 0 4
World Cup 1 3 1 5
World Grand Champions Cup 1 1 2 4
World League 8 3 4 15
European Championship 7 4 3 14
Universiade 2 1 5 8
Mediterranean Games 7 2 1 10
Goodwill Games 1 0 0 1
Total 30 18 19 67

Result historyEdit

 
Italy national team at 2008 Summer Olympics

Golden TeamEdit

In 1989, Julio Velasco was hired to coach the Italian National Men's Team. He immediately led them to a gold medal at the European Championships in 1989, which his team won twice more in 1993 and 1995. The team also won a silver medal at the World Cup in 1989. He de-emphasized the specialization trend of the 1980s. He emphasized the concept of the “square”, team unity where the team was better than the sum of its players. He was meticulous, well prepared and very demanding, but he knew how to win. Starting at the 1990 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games, the Italian National team swept the world volleyball events for five years. They won a gold medal in the World Championships in 1990 and 1994, the World League in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995, 1991, the Mediterranean Games, and the 1993 Grand Champions Cup. They won a silver medal at the Olympic Games. Julio Velasco left the Italian National Men's Team in 1996. Velasco in 1989-1996 created Golden Team with Players such as Zorzi, Andrea Gardini, Giani, Bernardi, Gravina, Bracci, Tofoli, Lucchetta, Papi, Pasinato and Meoni.[1]

Olympic GamesEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1964 Did not qualify
  1968
  1972
  1976 1st Round 8th 5 0 5 2 15 Squad
  1980 1st Round 9th 5 2 3 5 11 Squad
  1984 Semifinals Bronze 6 4 2 14 7 Squad
  1988 1st Round 9th 7 4 3 13 13 Squad
  1992 Quarterfinals 5th 7 5 2 18 8 Squad
  1996 Final Silver 8 7 1 23 5 Squad
  2000 Semifinals Bronze 8 7 1 21 8 Squad
  2004 Final Silver 8 5 3 20 11 Squad
  2008 Semifinals 4th 8 5 3 17 14 Squad
  2012 Semifinals Bronze 8 5 3 16 13 Squad
  2016 Final Silver 8 6 2 19 10 Squad
  2020 Quarterfinals 6th 6 4 2 14 10 Squad
  2024 Future events
  2028
  2032
Total 0 Titles 12/15 84 54 32 182 125

World ChampionshipEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Championship record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1949 1st Round 8th 5 2 3 8 9 Squad
  1952 Did Not Qualified
  1956 1st Round 14th 10 6 4 22 14 Squad
  1960 Did Not Qualified
  1962 1st Round 14th 11 5 6 19 23 Squad
  1966 1st Round 16th 11 2 9 9 31 Squad
  1970 1st Round 15th 11 3 8 23 28 Squad
  1974 1st Round 19th 11 7 4 24 14 Squad
  1978 Final 2nd 10 8 2 24 12 Squad
  1982 1st Round 14th 10 8 2 24 12 Squad
  1986 2nd Round 11th 8 3 5 14 18 Squad
  1990 Final 1st 7 6 1 18 7 Squad
  1994 Final 1st 7 6 1 20 6 Squad
  1998 Final 1st 12 11 1 33 7 Squad
  2002 Quarterfinals 5th 9 6 3 23 14 Squad
  2006 2nd Round 5th 11 8 3 28 13 Squad
  2010 Semifinals 4th 10 8 2 26 12 Squad
  2014 2nd Round 13th 9 3 6 14 22 Squad
    2018 3rd Round 5th 10 8 2 26 11 Squad
  2022 Qualified
Total 3 Titles 18/20 162 100 62 355 253 -

World CupEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1965 Did Not Qualified
  1969
  1977
  1981 - 7th 7 1 6 9 18 Squad
  1985 Did Not Qualified
  1989 - 2nd 7 6 1 20 5 Squad
  1991 Did Not Qualified
  1995 - 1st 11 11 0 33 3 Squad
  1999 - 3rd 11 8 3 26 14 Squad
  2003 - 2nd 11 9 2 29 8 Squad
  2007 Did Not Qualified
  2011 - 4th 11 8 3 28 15 Squad
  2015 - 2nd 11 10 1 30 8 Squad
  2019 - 7th 11 5 6 14 19 Squad
  2023 Future event
Total 1 Title 8/14 80 58 22 189 90 -

World Grand Champions CupEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Grand Champions Cup record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1993 - 1st 5 5 0 15 4 Squad
  1997 Did Not Qualified
  2001
  2005 - 3rd 5 3 2 11 6 Squad
  2009 Did Not Qualified
  2013 - 3rd 5 2 3 12 10 Squad
  2017 - 2nd 5 4 1 14 8 Squad
  2021 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  2025 Future event
Total 1 Title 4/7 20 14 6 52 28 -

World LeagueEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World League record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1990 Final 1st 14 11 3 37 21 Squad
  1991 Final 1st 18 16 2 52 16 Squad
  1992 Final 1st 18 16 2 50 17 Squad
  1993 Semifinals 3rd 22 20 2 62 17 Squad
  1994 Final 1st 16 12 4 38 19 Squad
  1995 Final 1st 17 14 3 45 19 Squad
  1996 Final 2nd 17 14 3 45 19 Squad
  1997 Final 1st 17 14 3 47 17 Squad
  1998 Final Round 4th 15 7 8 27 26 Squad
  1999 Final 1st 16 12 4 42 20 Squad
  2000 Final 1st 18 13 5 44 33 Squad
  2001 Final 2nd 17 12 5 41 24 Squad
  2002 Semifinals 4th 17 14 3 44 19 Squad
  2003 Semifinals 3rd 17 10 7 37 27 Squad
  2004 Final 2nd 15 9 6 34 22 Squad
  2005 1st Round 7th 12 6 6 22 26 Squad
  2006 2nd Round 6th 16 7 9 32 31 Squad
  2007 1st Round 9th 12 4 8 19 30 Squad
  2008 1st Round 7th 12 8 4 30 22 Squad
  2009 1st Round 7th 12 8 4 27 17 Squad
  2010 2nd Round 6th 14 9 5 35 21 Squad
  2011 2nd Round 6th 15 11 4 35 18 Squad
  2012 1st Round 11th 12 5 7 23 28 Squad
  2013 Semifinals 3rd 14 10 4 35 23 Squad
  2014 Semifinals 3rd 16 9 7 33 25 Squad
  2015 2nd Round 5th 14 7 7 26 31 Squad
  2016 Semifinals 4th 13 7 6 25 20 Squad
  2017 1st Round 12th 9 2 7 13 23 Squad
Total 8 Titles 28/28 425 287 138 1000 631 -

Nations LeagueEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Nations League record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  2018 1st Round 8th 15 8 7 30 28 Squad
  2019 1st Round 8th 15 8 7 31 25 Squad
  2020 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  2021 1st Round 10th 15 8 7 28 33 Squad
Total 0 Titles 3/3 45 24 21 89 86 -

European ChampionshipEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

European Championship record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1948 - 3rd 5 3 2 11 6 Squad
  1950 Did Not Qualified
  1951 1st Round 8th 5 2 3 8 9 Squad
  1955 1st Round 9th 7 5 2 15 8 Squad
  1958 1st Round 10th 11 8 3 26 19 Squad
  1963 1st Round 10th 11 8 3 24 15 Squad
  1967 Final Round 8th 10 3 7 11 25 Squad
  1971 1st Round 8th 8 6 2 21 10 Squad
  1975 1st Round 10th 7 2 5 8 17 Squad
  1977 1st Round 8th 7 3 4 12 16 Squad
  1979 Final Round 5th 7 3 4 13 14 Squad
  1981 1st Round 7th 7 5 2 15 9 Squad
  1983 Final Round 4th 7 4 3 16 16 Squad
  1985 Final Round 6th 7 1 6 10 18 Squad
  1987 1st Round 9th 7 3 4 14 14 Squad
  1989 Final 1st 7 6 1 20 7 Squad
  1991 Final 2nd 7 6 1 18 7 Squad
  1993 Final 1st 7 7 0 21 5 Squad
  1995 Final 1st 7 6 1 19 6 Squad
  1997 Semifinals 3rd 7 5 2 15 8 Squad
  1999 Final 1st 5 4 1 13 5 Squad
  2001 Final 2nd 7 4 3 14 10 Squad
  2003 Final 1st 7 7 0 21 4 Squad
  2005 Final 1st 7 6 1 19 8 Squad
  2007 2nd Round 6th 6 4 2 14 11 Squad
  2009 2nd Round 10th 6 2 4 8 12 Squad
   2011 Final 2nd 6 4 2 15 8 Squad
   2013 Final 2nd 6 4 2 15 9 Squad
   2015 Semifinals 3rd 7 5 2 18 7 Squad
  2017 Quarterfinals 5th 5 3 2 11 6 Squad
  2019 Quarterfinals 6th 7 5 2 16 9 Squad
     2021 Final 1st 9 9 0 27 5 Squad
Total 7 Titles 31/32 219 143 76 406 323 -

European GamesEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

European Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  2015 Baku 1st Round 11th 5 0 5 4 15 Squad
  2019 Minsk Volleyball not held
  2023 Kraków Future event
Total 0 Titles 1/1 5 0 5 4 15 -

Mediterranean GamesEdit

  • 1959  gold medal
  • 1963  silver medal
  • 1975  silver medal
  • 1979 — Fourth place
  • 1983  gold medal
  • 1987  bronze medal
  • 1991  gold medal
  • 1997 — Fourth place
  • 2001  gold medal
  • 2005 — Fifth place
  • 2009  gold medal
  • 2013  gold medal
  • 2018  gold medal
  • 2022Future event
  • 2026Future event

Goodwill GamesEdit

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Goodwill Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL
  1986 Did Not Participate
  1990 Final Champions 5 4 1 14 6
Total 1 Titles 1/2 5 4 1 14 6

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

The following is the Italian roster in the 2021 Men's European Volleyball Championship.[2]

Head coach: Ferdinando De Giorgi
Assistants: Massimo Caponeri, Nicola Giolito
No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2016/17 club
6 Simone Giannelli (C) 9 August 1996 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Diatec Trentino
7 Fabio Balaso 20 October 1995 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 280 cm (110 in)   Kioene Padova
14 Gianluca Galassi 24 July 1997 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Leo Shoes Modena
15 Riccardo Sbertoli 23 May 1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 326 cm (128 in) 246 cm (97 in)   Diatec Trentino
16 Yuri Romanò 26 July 1997 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 343 cm (135 in)   Power Volley Milano
17 Simone Anzani 24 February 1992 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Sir Safety Conad Perugia
18 Alessandro Michieletto 5 December 2001 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 357 cm (141 in) 321 cm (126 in)   Diatec Trentino
19 Daniele Lavia 4 November 1999 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 315 cm (124 in)   Diatec Trentino
21 Alessandro Piccinelli 30 January 1997 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 318 cm (125 in)   Sir Safety Conad Perugia
22 Fabio Ricci 11 July 1994 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 328 cm (129 in)   Sir Safety Conad Perugia
23 Giulio Pinali 2 April 1997 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 349 cm (137 in) 338 cm (133 in)   Diatec Trentino
26 Lorenzo Cortesia 26 July 1999 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 300 cm (120 in)   BluVolley Verona
28 Francesco Recine 7 February 1999 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 325 cm (128 in) 300 cm (120 in)   Gas Sales Piacenza
29 Mattia Bottolo 3 January 2000 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 336 cm (132 in) 316 cm (124 in)   Pallavolo Padova

Coach historyEdit

Record AttendanceEdit

  • Table updated to August 12, 2012.
# Player Appearances
1 Andrea Giani 474
2 Andrea Gardini 418
3 Luigi Mastrangelo 363
4 Samuele Papi 361
5 Marco Bracci 347
6 Paolo Tofoli 342
7 Luca Cantagalli 330
8 Ferdinando De Giorgi 330
9 Andrea Sartoretti 330
10 Andrea Zorzi 325

Kit providersEdit

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Italy national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000–2008 Nike
Asics
2008–2021 Asics
Armani
Errea

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like DHL, Kinder (Ferrero SpA), Honda and Mizuno, other sponsors: Santal, Diadora, EthicSport, Reaxing, Crai, Nutrilite, Uliveto and Winform.

MediaEdit

Italy's matches and friendlies are currently televised by RAI and Rai Sport.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Italy in Hall of Fame
  2. ^ [1] - volleyball.it - 13-08-2021

External linksEdit