Overview

Team profile

Italy

In a memorable 2016, the Italian men’s team won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, losing to hosts Brazil in the final in their third unsuccessful shot at Olympic gold, after silvers at the Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 Games. 
Italy remain one of the most successful teams, having won the FIVB World Championship three times, in 1990, 1994 and 1998. However, in the most recent edition they finished in thirteenth place.
Despite winning a bronze medal at the 1948 European Championship, it was only in 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 Julio Velasco’s guidance. From 1989-2005, Italy won three World Championship titles, one World Cup, six European Championship titles, eight World Leagues and three Olympic medals.
Italy have competed in all 28 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World League - a feat matched only by Brazil. The Italians completely dominated the first decade of the competition, with eight gold medals in the first 11 editions. Despite not winning a gold medal since 2000, they have consistently been on the podium, including recent bronze medals in 2013 and 2014. However, in the 2017 edition, they finished in last place in Group 1.

Coach

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Blengini Gianlorenzo

Born in Turin in 1971, Gianlorenzo Blengini was appointed interim head coach of the Italy men's National Team in 2015 following the departure of Mauro Berruto. After leading Italy to the silver medal at the 2015 FIVB World Cup and bronze at the European Championships that same year, he secured the position permanently. He then 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 has been head coach of Cucine Lube Civitanova since 2015. He led the side to the Italian Cup title earlier this year.

Staff

  • Team Manager Cristofori Federico
  • Assistant coach Valentini Antonio
  • Second Assistant Coach Mattioli Francesco
  • Doctor Benelli Piero
  • Physiotherapist Lama Davide

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
France
15 12 3 7 3 2 1 0 2 35 38 16 2.375 1295 1140 1.135
2
Russia
15 11 4 9 2 0 1 1 2 34 36 14 2.571 1191 1096 1.086
3
USA
15 11 4 6 3 2 2 0 2 33 37 19 1.947 1294 1183 1.093
4
Serbia
15 11 4 3 4 4 0 0 4 29 33 24 1.375 1289 1255 1.027
5
Brazil
15 10 5 6 2 2 2 0 3 30 34 21 1.619 1280 1213 1.055
6
Poland
15 10 5 7 2 1 0 2 3 29 32 19 1.684 1221 1124 1.086
7
Canada
15 8 7 5 3 0 1 3 3 25 29 24 1.208 1219 1227 0.993
8
Italy
15 8 7 3 3 2 2 2 3 24 30 28 1.071 1315 1296 1.014
9
Germany
15 7 8 2 4 1 3 2 3 23 29 30 0.966 1299 1307 0.993
10
Iran
15 7 8 3 2 2 2 4 2 21 29 30 0.966 1355 1344 1.008
11
Bulgaria
15 6 9 2 1 3 2 4 3 17 26 34 0.764 1288 1351 0.953
12
Japan
15 6 9 0 2 4 1 3 5 15 23 37 0.621 1301 1374 0.946
13
Australia
15 5 10 1 3 1 1 4 5 15 21 35 0.600 1236 1340 0.922
14
Argentina
15 4 11 3 1 0 3 5 3 15 23 34 0.676 1270 1326 0.957
15
China
15 3 12 1 1 1 1 4 7 9 15 39 0.384 1173 1291 0.908
16
Korea
15 1 14 1 0 0 3 2 9 6 11 42 0.261 1108 1267 0.874

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