Slovenia appointed Italian coach Andrea Giani in 2015 and finished as runners-up to World League champions France in the same year’s European Championship. Giani spent his playing career in Parma and Modena, winning five Italian championship crowns and collecting five Italian Cup victories. With Italy, he was capped a record 474 times. He also won three Olympic medals, three consecutive world titles and four European titles. Giani started his coaching career just after his retirement as a player in 2008, becoming the head coach of Italian A1 League team Modena, winning the CEV Challenge Cup in his first season at the helm. In 2009-10, he was named head coach of A2 League team Roma, which he led to the A1 League in his first season in charge. In 2012-13, he moved to BluVolley Verona. Giani also served as an assistant coach with the Italian national team from 2011-2014, winning silver at the European Championships in 2011 and 2013, and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London.