Italvolley returns to European champions after 16 years

by time news – The Italian volleyball team is back as European champion after 16 years. In the final the blues of Fefé De Giorgi have defeated Slovenia 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) and find a title that was missing since 2005. A success that doubles that obtained by the women’s national team at the beginning of the month.

The good news for Italian volleyball is that this men’s team has a great future: she is the youngest of the 24 participants in the continental review and the coach Ferdinando ‘Fefé’ De Giorgi seems able to open a new cycle after the disappointment of the Olympic elimination by Argentina. The 59-year-old Apulian coach has assembled a team of great character and with several innovations even with respect to the Japanese Olympics.

Without injured Zaytsev and with Juantorena retired from the national team, its captain is 25-year-old Simone Giannelli. The spikers department is made up of very young people, all born from 1999 to 2001: the increasingly surprising Alessandro Michieletto is joined by the Recine-Bottolo-Lavia trio. Among the opposites Giulio Pinali is the owner in place of Zaytsev, with Yuri Romanò on the bench who arrived directly from A-2.


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