Overview

Team profile

Italy

Italy have competed in all 27 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World League. They finished fifth in last year’s edition after claiming bronze in Florence in 2014. The Azzurri have eight titles, one fewer than Brazil, and they will be looking to repeat their 1995 heroics when they beat the South Americans in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Italy have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, where they finished as runners-up behind USA, defeating world champions Poland on the last day of the round robin tournament in Japan. At the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship, Italy finished joint-13th.

Although Italy won a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championship it was only in the early 1970s that they became a major force in the sport. They won a bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games before a lengthy period of domination under Julio Velasco’s guidance. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three World Championships, one FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, six European Championships, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver in 1996, bronze in 2000 and silver in 2004). They claimed bronze at London 2012.

Coach

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Gianlorenzo Blengini was appointed as the temporary head coach of the Italy men’s team on August 1, 2015, and led the team that won silver at the World Cup and bronze medal at the European Championship. He was promoted from the role of assistant coach after working under former coach Mauro Berruto, who stood down in July 2015. At club level he coached Vibo Valentia between 2011-12 and Latina between 2014-15, when he led them to the semifinal playoff of the Italian league. He led Italian outfit Lube Civitanova Macerata in 2015/16 season.

Staff

  • Team Manager Sciascia Stefano
  • Assistant coach Medei Giampaolo
  • Second Assistant Coach Corsano Mirko
  • Doctor Benelli Piero
  • Physiotherapist Lama Davide

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Brazil
2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 2 3.000 188 167 1.125
2
Italy
2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 0.750 160 171 0.935
3
USA
2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 6 0.500 206 216 0.953

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