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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".

Italy
Nickname(s) Settebello
Association Federazione Italiana Nuoto
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Alessandro Campagna
Asst coach Alessandro Duspiva
Amedeo Pomilio
Captain Pietro Figlioli
FINA code ITA
Olympic Games
Appearances 20 (first in 1920)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances 17 (first in 1973)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1978, 1994, 2011)
World League
Appearances 7 (first in 2002)
Best result 2nd, silver medalist(s) (2003, 2011, 2017)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1993)
European Championship
Appearances 30 (first in 1927)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1947, 1993, 1995)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 16 (first in 1955)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)

The Italian men's water polo team has won 8 Olympic medals, 6 World Championships, 5 World Cup, 11 European Championships medals and 3 World League medal, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined six championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

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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 three World Championships, in 1978, 1994 and 2011,and the World Cup once in 1993. Italy also claimed their first European Championship in 1947.

PalmarèsEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 3 2 3 8
World Championship 3 2 1 6
European Championship 3 2 6 11
Universiade 3 3 4 10
Mediterranean Games 6 6 2 14
Total 18 15 15 48

ResultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Position
  1920 11
  1924 10
  1928 Didn't participate
  1932 Didn't participate
  1936 Didn't participate
  1948  
  1952  
  1956 4
  1960  
  1964 4
  1968 4
  1972 8
  1976  
  1980 8
  1984 7
  1988 7
  1992  
  1996  
  2000 5
  2004 8
  2008 9
  2012  
  2016  

World ChampionshipEdit

  • 1973 — 4th place
  • 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

FINA World LeagueEdit

  • 2002 — Semifinal round
  • 2003  Silver medal
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — Semifinal 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

FINA World CupEdit

  • 1979 — 6th place
  • 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

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.[2]

Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth 2016/17 club
1 Stefano Tempesti GK 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) R 9 June 1979   Pro Recco
2 Francesco Di Fulvio D 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb) R 15 August 1993   Pro Recco
3 Niccolò Gitto CF 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 76 kg (168 lb) R 12 October 1986   Sport Management
4 Pietro Figlioli (c) D 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) R 29 May 1984   Pro Recco
5 Nicholas Presciutti CF 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) R 14 December 1993   Brescia
6 Cristiano Mirarchi D R 11 July 1991   Sport Management
7 Alessandro Nora D L 24 May 1987   Brescia
8 Andrea Fondelli D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (198 lb) L 24 February 1994   Pro Recco
9 Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice D 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb) R 8 April 1993   Posillipo
10 Michaël Bodegas CF R 3 May 1987   Pro Recco
11 Matteo Aicardi CF 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 104 kg (229 lb) R 19 April 1986   Pro Recco
12 Zeno Bertoli CF R 22 December 1988   Brescia
13 Goran Volarević GK R 2 April 1977   Pro Recco

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.federnuoto.it/federazione.asp?p=testo&id=40 History of Italian Water Polo
  2. ^ "Budapest 2017 Italian Men's Water Polo Team" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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