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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
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Nickname(s)Settebello
AssociationFederazione Italiana Nuoto
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachAlessandro Campagna
Asst coachAlessandro Duspiva
Amedeo Pomilio
CaptainPietro Figlioli
FINA codeITA
Olympic Games
Appearances19 (first in 1920)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances18 (first in 1973)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1978, 1994, 2011, 2019)
World League
Appearances9 (first in 2002)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2003, 2011, 2017)
World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1979)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1993)
European Championship
Appearances31 (first in 1927)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1947, 1993, 1995)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances16 (first in 1955)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)

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 medal, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined eleven championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

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.

PalmarèsEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 3 2 3 8
World Championship 4 2 1 7
European Championship 4 2 6 7
Universiade 3 3 4 10
Mediterranean Games 6 6 2 14
Total 19 15 15 49

ResultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Position Pld W D L
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920 11 2 0 0 2
  1924 10 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
Total 20/27

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
  • 2019  Gold medal

FINA World LeagueEdit

  • 2002 – Semi-final round
  • 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

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

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

LEN Europa CupEdit

  • 2018  Bronze medal

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[2]

Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Marco Del Lungo GK 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 29)
2 Francesco Di Fulvio FP 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 26)
3 Stefano Luongo FP 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 29)
4 Pietro Figlioli (C) FP 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 35)
5 Edoardo Di Somma FP (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 22)
6 Alessandro Velotto FP 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 24)
7 Vincenzo Renzuto FP 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 26)
8 Gonzalo Echenique FP (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 29)
9 Niccolò Figari FP (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 31)
10 Michaël Bodegas FP (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 32)
11 Matteo Aicardi FP 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 33)
12 Vincenzo Dolce FP (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 24)
13 Gianmarco Nicosia GK (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 21)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) History of Italian Water Polo
  2. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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