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Italy men's national volleyball team

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Best result
(1996, 2004, 2016)

Head coach
FIVB ranking
4 (as of August 2016)

11 (First in 1976)

16 (First in 1949)


Italian Volleyball Federation

European Volleyball Confederation

The Italy men's national volleyball team is the volleyball national team of Italy. It dominated international volleyball competitions in the 1990s and early 2000s, by winning three World Championships in a row (1990, 1994 and 1998), six European Championships, one World Cup (1995) and eight World League (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000). However, the great Italian showcase of records is considered incomplete due to the failed win of Olympic Games: since 1996, Italy is the only national team that has achieved olympic semifinals every time, but never reached the gold medal. That's why local media talk about "the Olympic curse".


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Golden Team

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Julio Velasco In 1989 he was hired to coach the Italian National Men’s Team. He immediately led them to a Gold Medal at the European Championships in 1989, which his team won twice more in 1993 and 1995. The team also won a Silver Medal at the World Cup in 1989. He de-emphasized the specialization trend of the 1980s. He emphasized the concept of the “square”, team unity where the team was better than the sum of its players. He was meticulous, well prepared and very demanding, but he knew how to win. Starting at the 1990 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games, the Italian National team swept the world volleyball events for five years. They won a Gold Medal in the World Champion-ships in 1990 and 1994, the World League in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995, 1991, the Mediterranean Games, and the 1993 Grand Champions Cup. They won a Silver Medal at the Olympic Games. Julio Velasco left the Italian National Men’s Team in 1996. Velasco in 1989-1996 created Golden Team with Players such as Andrea Gardini, Giani, Bernardi, Gravina, Bracci, Tofoli, Lucchetta, Papi, Pasinato and Meoni.

Mediterranean Games

Italy men's national volleyball team Overview Italy FIVB Volleyball World League 2016

  • 1959 — 01 ! gold medal
  • 1963 — 02 ! silver medal
  • 1975 — 02 ! silver medal
  • 1979 — Fourth place
  • 1983 — 01 ! gold medal
  • 1987 — 03 ! bronze medal
  • 1991 — 01 ! gold medal
  • 1997 — Fourth place
  • 2001 — 01 ! gold medal
  • 2005 — Fifth place
  • 2009 — 01 ! gold medal
  • 2013 — 01 ! gold medal
  • Goodwill Games

  • 1990 — 01 ! gold medal
  • Current roster

    The following is the Italian roster in the men's volleyball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. ‹See Tfd›

    Head coach: Gianlorenzo Blengini

    Record Attendance

  • Table updated to August 12, 2012.
  • Kit providers

    The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Italy national volleyball team.


    Italy men's national volleyball team Overview Italy FIVB Volleyball World League 2016

    Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Kinder, Honda and Asics, other sponsors: Visit Trentino, Errea, Santal, Diadora, EthicSport, Reaxing, Crai, Nutrilite, Uliveto and Winform.


    Italy's matches and friendlies are currently televised by RAI and Rai Sport 1.

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