Lucarelli signed a two-year contract with Trentino Volley
Contagem, Brazil, July 22, 2020 – Star outside hitter Ricardo Lucarelli is set to have his first experience playing for a club outside Brazil as the Rio 2016 Olympic champion is set to play for Italy’s Trentino Volley during the upcoming 2020-2021 season.
The 28-year-old Lucarelli has agreed a two-year contract with the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship winners and will take his game to the Italian League after ten years in Brazil. In his home country, the outside hitter played for Minas Tenis Clube, SESI and Taubate, the club which he helped win the 2018-2019 edition of the Superliga when he was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
“Playing in Italy has always been a goal I had for my career. It’s the best league in the world and I’m sure I can improve my game by playing there. This year I thought I was ready to make this move and when I received the offer I knew it was the right thing to do.”
Despite not having played outside Brazil previously, Lucarelli has already established an affective relationship with Trentino, a team he watched dominate the international scene between 2008 and 2012, when the Italians won four editions of the Club World Championship and three of the European Champions League.
“When I first started watching international volleyball I watched a lot of the Italian League and a lot of Trentino”, he explained. “I kind of became a supporter of Trentino at the time and I’d say I have a special relationship with the club already, which makes me even happier about this opportunity.”
The outside hitter is looking forward to continuing the great tradition of Brazilians with Trentino, which saw Athens 2004 Olympic champions Andre Nascimento and Andre Heller star for the team between 2004 and 2007 and continued with opposite Leandro Vissotto and setter Rapha Oliveira, who were both Lucarelli’s teammates last season in Taubate, in the following decade.
“Their project is very interesting,” he added. “I know Angelo Lorenzetti (head coach) and I like the way he manages his teams and I believe I’ll fit well with their roster on and off the court. Several Brazilians had great stints there, including Rapha (setter), who was my teammate at Taubate and is a real legend in Trento, and they spoke only great things about the club.”
Lucarelli has been a centrepiece of the Brazilian national team over the last years and helped the team win the Rio 2016 Olympics, the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, the 2013 and 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup and take a silver medal at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.
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