Italy men's national water polo team

The Italian national water polo team represents Italy in men's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Federnuoto (the Italian Aquatics Federation). The national men's team has the nickname of "Settebello", a reference to both the Italian card game scopa and a standard water polo team having seven players.

Italy
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FINA codeITA
Nickname(s)Il Settebello
AssociationItalian Swimming Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachAlessandro Campagna
Asst coachAmedeo Pomilio
CaptainPietro Figlioli
FINA ranking (since 2008)
Current8 (as of 9 August 2021)
Highest2 (2012, 2016)
Lowest9 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Olympic Games (team statistics)
Appearances20 (first in 1920)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championship
Appearances19 (first in 1973)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1978, 1994, 2011, 2019)
World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1979)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1993)
World League
Appearances19 (first in 2002)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2022)
European Championship
Appearances32 (first in 1927)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1947, 1993, 1995)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result3rd place, bronze medalist(s) (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances17 (first in 1955)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)
Media
Websitefedernuoto.it
Last updated: 5 September 2021

The Italian men's water polo team has won 8 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 5 World Cup, 11 European Championships medals and 3 World League medals, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined twelve championships in those five competitions, with the World League, the last competition which Italy won in 2022.

HistoryEdit

 
The Italian water polo team, of the early 1950s

Water Polo became popular in Italy soon after 1899, when an exhibition match was played at the Bath of Diana in Milan, with the match being described in the press as: "like football but more tiring and difficult, requiring energy and strength beyond the ordinary".[1]

Although a domestic league was soon established, the Italian national water polo team did not first compete at the Olympic Games until the 1920 Olympics, in Antwerp, Belgium, where they were forced to forfeit their first round match, before losing 5–1 to Greece and being eliminated.

The national team first fulfilled their potential at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, when they went undefeated for the whole tournament to claim their first gold medal in the discipline.

The Italian team reclaimed the title of Olympic champions in front of a home crowd at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. Italy won their third Olympic title at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, beating the hosts and tournament favourites Spain 9–8 after extra time in a thrilling final. Only Hungary (9), and Great Britain (4) have more Olympic titles.

The Italian national side have also won four World Championships, in 1978, 1994, 2011 and 2019, and the World Cup once in 1993. Italy also claimed their first European Championship in 1947.

Competitive recordEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 3 2 3 8
World Championship 4 3 1 8
World Cup 1 3 1 5
World League 1 3 1 5
European Championship 3 2 6 11
Europa Cup 0 0 1 1
Universiade 4 4 6 14
Mediterranean Games 6 6 2 14
Total 22 23 21 66

ResultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year[2] Position Pld W D L
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920 10th 2 0 0 2
  1924 11th 1 0 0 1
  1928 Did not participate
  1932
  1936
  1948   7 6 1 0
  1952   8 6 0 2
  1956 4th 6 3 0 3
  1960   6 5 1 0
  1964 4th 6 3 0 3
  1968 4th 9 6 1 2
  1972 6th 6 3 2 3
  1976   8 4 3 1
  1980 8th 8 4 1 3
  1984 7th 7 4 2 1
  1988 7th 7 3 2 2
  1992   7 5 2 0
  1996   8 7 0 1
  2000 5th 8 6 0 2
  2004 8th 7 4 0 3
  2008 9th 8 4 0 4
  2012   8 5 1 2
  2016   8 5 0 3
  2020 7th 8 4 2 2
Total 21/27 143 87 16 40

World ChampionshipEdit

  • 1973 – 4th place[2]
  • 1975  Bronze medal
  • 1978  Gold medal
  • 1982 – 9th place
  • 1986  Silver medal
  • 1991 – 6th place
  • 1994  Gold medal
  • 1998 – 5th place
  • 2001 – 4th place
  • 2003  Silver medal
  • 2005 – 8th place
  • 2007 – 5th place
  • 2009 – 11th place
  • 2011  Gold medal
  • 2013 – 4th place
  • 2015 – 4th place
  • 2017 – 6th place
  • 2019  Gold medal
  • 2022  Silver medal

FINA World CupEdit

  • 1979 – 6th place[2]
  • 1983  Bronze medal
  • 1985 – 5th place
  • 1987 – 5th place
  • 1989  Silver medal
  • 1993  Gold medal
  • 1995  Silver medal
  • 1997 – 5th place
  • 1999  Silver medal
  • 2002 – 4th place
  • 2006 – 5th place

FINA World LeagueEdit

  • 2002 – Semi-final round[2]
  • 2003  Silver medal
  • 2004 – 4th place
  • 2005 – Semi-final round
  • 2006 – Preliminary round
  • 2007 – Preliminary round
  • 2008 – 7th place
  • 2009 – 5th place
  • 2010 – Preliminary round
  • 2011  Silver medal
  • 2012  Bronze medal
  • 2013 – Preliminary round
  • 2014 – Preliminary round
  • 2015 – 7th place
  • 2016 – 4th place
  • 2017  Silver medal
  • 2018Did not participate
  • 2019 – Preliminary round
  • 2020 – 4th place
  • 2022  Gold medal

European ChampionshipEdit

  • 1927 – 12th place
  • 1934 – 10th place
  • 1938 – 5th place
  • 1947  Gold medal
  • 1950 – 4th place
  • 1954  Bronze medal
  • 1958 – 4th place
  • 1962 – 8th place
  • 1966 – 4th place
  • 1970 – 4th place
  • 1974 – 5th place
  • 1977  Bronze medal
  • 1981 – 6th place
  • 1983 – 7th place
  • 1985 – 4th place
  • 1987  Bronze medal
  • 1989  Bronze medal
  • 1991 – 4th place
  • 1993  Gold medal
  • 1995  Gold medal
  • 1997 – 6th place
  • 1999  Bronze medal
  • 2001  Silver medal
  • 2003 – 9th place
  • 2006 – 5th place
  • 2008 – 5th place
  • 2010  Silver medal
  • 2012 – 4th place
  • 2014  Bronze medal
  • 2016 – 6th place
  • 2018 – 4th place
  • 2020 – 6th place
  • 2022Qualified

Europa CupEdit

  • 2018  Bronze medal

Mediterranean GamesEdit

  • 1951 – Unknown
  • 1955  Gold medal
  • 1959  Silver medal
  • 1963  Gold medal
  • 1967  Silver medal
  • 1971  Silver medal
  • 1975  Gold medal
  • 1979  Silver medal
  • 1983  Bronze medal
  • 1987  Gold medal
  • 1991  Gold medal
  • 1993  Gold medal
  • 1997 – 4th place
  • 2001  Silver medal
  • 2005  Silver medal
  • 2009  Bronze medal
  • 2013 – 4th place
  • 2018 – 5th place
  • 2022Qualified

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Sandro Campagna[3]

No. Player Pos. L/R Height Weight Date of birth (age) Apps OG/
Goals
Club Ref
1 Marco Del Lungo 10GK 2R 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1990-03-01)1 March 1990 (aged 31) 190 1/0   Brescia [4]
2 Francesco Di Fulvio 50D 2R 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1993-08-15)15 August 1993 (aged 27) 192 1/8   Pro Recco [5]
3 Stefano Luongo 50D 2R 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1990-01-05)5 January 1990 (aged 31) 167 0/0   Pro Recco [6]
4 Pietro Figlioli (C) 50D 2R 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1984-05-29)29 May 1984 (aged 37) 263 4/42   Pro Recco [7]
5 Nicholas Presciutti 20CB 2R 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (198 lb) (1993-12-14)14 December 1993 (aged 27) 109 0/0   Pro Recco [8]
6 Alessandro Velotto 50D 2R 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1995-02-12)12 February 1995 (aged 26) 153 1/1   Pro Recco [9]
7 Vincenzo Renzuto 50D 2R 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) (1993-04-08)8 April 1993 (aged 28) 95 0/0   Brescia [10]
8 Gonzalo Echenique 50D 1L 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1990-04-27)27 April 1990 (aged 31) 59 1/11   Pro Recco [11]
9 Niccolò Figari 20CB 2R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1988-01-24)24 January 1988 (aged 33) 170 0/0   Pro Recco [12]
10 Michaël Bodegas 40CF 2R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1987-05-03)3 May 1987 (aged 34) 122 1/3   Barceloneta [13]
11 Matteo Aicardi 40CF 2R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1986-04-19)19 April 1986 (aged 35) 265 2/9   Pro Recco [14]
12 Vincenzo Dolce 50D 2R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1995-05-11)11 May 1995 (aged 26) 56 0/0   Brescia [15]
13 Gianmarco Nicosia 10GK 2R 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1998-02-12)12 February 1998 (aged 23) 58 0/0   Telimar Palermo [16]
Average 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 30 years, 118 days 146

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: Italy Men | Tokyo 2020 Olympics Archived 2021-07-22 at the Wayback Machine

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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