Italian Emanuele Zanini led Turkey's men's team in their first World League appearance in 2014, in which they finished second in Group 3. Before taking up his post with Turkey in 2013, Zanini spent four seasons as Slovakia's men's team coach. He guided them to European League championships in 2008 and 2011 and was named the country's Coach of the Year in 2010. Zanini was also an assistant coach and trainer with Italy's men's team from 1999 to 2000, when they won gold medals at the 1999 European Championships, the 1999 and 2000 World Leagues and bronze medals at the 1999 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup and 2000 Olympic Games. He has coached club teams in Italy, Slovakia, Austria and France.