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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), six 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 coachGianlorenzo Blengini
FIVB ranking4 (as of October 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances11 (First in 1976)
Best resultSilver medal with cup.svg (1996, 2004, 2016)
World Championship
Appearances17 (First in 1949)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (1990, 1994, 1998)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1989)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (1995)
European Championship
Appearances29 (First in 1948)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (1989, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005)
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Italy men's national volleyball team
Medal record
Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1990 Brazil
Gold medal – first place 1994 Greece
Gold medal – first place 1998 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1978 Italy
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1995 Japan
Silver medal – second place 2015 Japan
Silver medal – second place 2003 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1989 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Japan
World Grand Champions Cup
Gold medal – first place 1993 Japan
Silver medal – second place 2017 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Japan
World League
Gold medal – first place 1990 Osaka
Gold medal – first place 1991 Milan
Gold medal – first place 1992 Genoa
Gold medal – first place 1994 Milan
Gold medal – first place 1995 Rio de Janeiro
Gold medal – first place 1997 Moscow
Gold medal – first place 1999 Mar del Plata
Gold medal – first place 2000 Rotterdam
Silver medal – second place 1996 Rotterdam
Silver medal – second place 2001 Katowice
Silver medal – second place 2004 Rome
Bronze medal – third place 1993 São Paulo
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Madrid
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Mar del Plata
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Florence
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 1989 Sweden
Gold medal – first place 1993 Finland
Gold medal – first place 1995 Greece
Gold medal – first place 1999 Austria
Gold medal – first place 2003 Germany
Gold medal – first place 2005 Italy/Serbia and Montenegro
Silver medal – second place 1991 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2001 Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2011 Austria/Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2013 Denmark/Poland
Bronze medal – third place 1948 Italy
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Bulgaria/Italy
Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1970 Turin
Gold medal – first place 2019 Naples
Silver medal – second place 1997 Sicilly
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Edmonton
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Kobe
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Zagreb
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Fukuoka
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Izmir
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Lebanon
Gold medal – first place 1983 Casablanca
Gold medal – first place 1991 Athens
Gold medal – first place 2001 Tunis
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin
Gold medal – first place 2018 Tarragona
Silver medal – second place 1963 Naples
Silver medal – second place 1975 Algiers
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Latakia
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Seattle

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 6 4 3 13
Universiade 2 1 5 8
Mediterranean Games 7 2 1 10
Goodwill Games 1 0 0 1
Total 29 18 19 66

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 Champion-ships 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 Andrea Gardini, Giani, Bernardi, Gravina, Bracci, Tofoli, Lucchetta, Papi, Pasinato and Meoni.[1]

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Result Pld W L SW SL PW PL
  1964 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1968 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1972 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1976 8th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1980 9th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1984 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1988 9th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1992 5th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1996 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2000 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2004 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2012 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Result Pld W L SW SL PW PL
  1949 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1952 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1956 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1960 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1962 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1966 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1970 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1974 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1982 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1986 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1990 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1994 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1998 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2002 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2006 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2010 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2014 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2018 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World CupEdit

Year Result Pld W L SW SL PW PL
  1965 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1969 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1977 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1981 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1985 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1989 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1991 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1995 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1999 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2003 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2007 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2011 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 7th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World Grand Champions CupEdit

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Result Pld W L SW SL PW PL
  1993 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1997 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2001 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2005 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

European ChampionshipEdit

 
Three players from Italy at the 2016 Olympics

World LeagueEdit

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

World League record
Year Result GP MW ML SW SL PW PL
  1990 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1991 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1992 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1993 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1994 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1995 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1996 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1997 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1998 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1999 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2000 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2001 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2002 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2003 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2004 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2005 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2006 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2007 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2010 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2011 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2012 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2014 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Nations LeagueEdit

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
  2018 8th place 15 8 7 30 28
  2019 8th place 15 8 7 31 25
  2020 qualified - - - - -
  2021 qualified - - - - -
Total 2/2 30 16 14 61 53

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

Goodwill GamesEdit

  • 1986 – did not participate
  • 1990  gold medal

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

The following is the Italian roster in the 2017 Men's European Volleyball Championship.[2]

Head coach: Gianlorenzo Blengini
Assistants: Giampaolo Medei, Antonio Valentini
No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2016/17 club
2 Luigi Randazzo 30 April 1994 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 255 cm (100 in)   Calzedonia Verona
4 Luca Vettori 26 April 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 232 cm (91 in)   Azimut Modena
5 Luca Spirito 30 October 1993 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 338 cm (133 in) 262 cm (103 in)   Bunge Ravenna
6 Simone Giannelli 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
9 Daniele Mazzone 4 June 1992 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 315 cm (124 in) 309 cm (122 in)   Diatec Trentino
10 Filippo Lanza 3 March 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Diatec Trentino
11 Simone Buti (C) 19 September 1983 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 328 cm (129 in)   Sir Sicoma Colussi Perugia
13 Massimo Colaci 21 February 1985 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 314 cm (124 in) 306 cm (120 in)   Diatec Trentino
14 Matteo Piano 24 October 1994 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Azimut Modena
16 Oleg Antonov 28 July 1988 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Diatec Trentino
17 Iacopo Botto 22 September 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 320 cm (130 in)   Gi Group Monza
18 Giulio Sabbi 10 August 1989 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Exprivia Molfetta
19 Fabio Ricci 11 July 1994 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 272 cm (107 in)   Bunge Ravenna

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– Asics
Crai
Armani

SponsorshipEdit

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

MediaEdit

Italy's matches and friendlies are currently televised by RAI and Rai Sport 1.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit