Overview

Team profile

Italy

2016 was a memorable year for the Italian men's team, who won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, adding to their previous second-place finishes at the Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 Games.
Despite winning a bronze medal at the inaugural 1948 European Championship, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that Italy became a major force in the sport. They won bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, before a lengthy period of domination under coach Julio Velasco. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three World Championship titles, one World Cup, six European Championship titles, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals.
Qualification for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals went down to the wire when Italy narrowly missed out on the final day, ranking 8th with an 8-7 record.
Italy remain one of the most successful teams since the World Championship began, having won the title three times consecutively, in 1990, 1994 and 1998. The home crowd will be hoping that Italy can replicate this success in Italy. 

Coach

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Born in Turin in 1971, Gianlorenzo Blengini was appointed interim head coach of the Italy men's team in 2015 following the departure of Mauro Berruto, but after leading the team to the silver medal at the FIVB World Cup and bronze at the European Championship that same year, he secured the position permanently. He led Italy to silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - a record-tying best for the country in the history of the competition. Blengini had previously coached several clubs in Italy and in 2017 led Cucine Lube Civitanova to the Italian Championship and Cup titles.

Staff

  • Team Manager Sciascia Stefano
  • Assistant coach Valentini Antonio
  • Second Assistant Coach Mattioli Francesco
  • 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
Poland
2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 3 1.666 180 171 1.052
2
Serbia
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 149 134 1.111
3
Italy
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 5 0.600 150 174 0.862

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