Overview

Team profile

Italy

Italy have a proud volleyball history. They have competed in every World League competition and reached the Group 1 finals in Rio this year. The Azzurri's performances in Brazil were poor and they finished bottom of their pool after a solitary five-set win over eventual silver medallists Serbia. Italy won the World Cup in 1995, were third in 1999 and second in 2003. At the 2011 edition, they were fourth after finishing behind Poland and Brazil on sets ratio.

At the 2014 World Championship in Poland, they ended the tournament in joint-13th place after finishing seventh in their second round pool, a performance that did not reflect their achievement in earning podium finishes throughout 2013. Although Italy won a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championship, which they hosted, it was only in the early 1970s that they became a major force in the sport. They won a bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. Then came a lengthy period of domination under the guidance of Julio Velasco. From 1989 to 2005, Italy won three World Championships, one World Cup, six European Championships, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals (silver at Atlanta 1996, bronze at Sydney 2000 and silver at Athens 2004). They won another bronze at London 2012.

Coach

Blengini Gian Lorenzo

Blengini Gian Lorenzo

Gianlorenzo Blengini was appointed as the temporary head coach of the Italy men’s team on August 1, 2015, and will lead the team at the World Cup and European Championships. He was promoted from the role of assistant coach after working under the man he will replace, 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 play-off of the Italian league. For the 2015/16 season he will lead Italian outfit Lube Civitanova/Macerata.

Staff

  • Team Manager Sciascia Stefano
  • 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
USA
11 10 1 7 3 0 0 1 0 30 31 6 5.166 899 746 1.205
2
Italy
11 10 1 6 3 1 0 0 1 29 30 8 3.750 918 780 1.176
3
Poland
11 10 1 3 6 1 0 1 0 29 31 11 2.818 1011 884 1.143
4
Russia
11 8 3 6 1 1 0 1 2 23 25 12 2.083 885 794 1.114
5
Argentina
11 7 4 4 2 1 1 3 0 21 26 16 1.625 985 922 1.068
6
Japan
11 5 6 3 1 1 2 2 2 16 21 21 1.000 928 934 0.993
7
Canada
11 5 6 3 0 2 0 3 3 13 18 22 0.818 886 940 0.942
8
Iran
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 2 4 12 16 24 0.666 905 893 1.013
9
Australia
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 1 5 12 15 24 0.625 831 925 0.898
10
Egypt
11 2 9 0 1 1 3 1 5 8 13 30 0.433 889 976 0.910
11
Venezuela
11 1 10 0 0 1 1 3 6 3 8 32 0.250 815 981 0.830
12
Tunisia
11 0 11 0 0 0 2 1 8 2 5 33 0.151 747 924 0.808

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