Overview

Team profile

Italy

FIVB World Ranking 3

Best Result1998 1

Last Result2010 4

Medals
3 1 0

Italy enter the 2014 World Championship seeking a return to their glory days of the 1990s, when they took home three consecutive gold medals in the competition. Since those victories, in 1990, 1994 and 1998, it’s been a relative struggle for the squad, with a fourth-place finish in 2010 following successive fifth places in 2006 and 2002. Before that dominance of the 1990s, the team had managed just one previous medal finish, when they took silver in 1978. The Italians have competed in 15 of the 17 World Championships held, only missing out on the tournaments held in 1952 and 1960.

Italy enter this edition bolstered by strong performances in recent international competitions. They beat Bulgaria to take the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and also finished in third place in the 2013 and 2014 World Leagues.

In an impressive display of consistently high performance, Italy managed podium finishes in every competition they entered in 2013, winning gold in the Mediterranean Games, and silver in the European Championship and the World Grand Champions Cup. The World Grand Champions Cup campaign showed Italy can go toe-to-toe with the very best as they were the only team in the tournament to defeat a Russian squad considered by many to be the top side in the world.


Coach

Berruto Mauro

Berruto Mauro



Mauro Berruto has coached club teams in his native Italy and Greece and led the Finland men’s team from 2005 to 2010. He was named Finland’s Coach of the Year in 2007. Berruto was appointed head coach of the Italian men’s side in 2010 and guided them to bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 and 2014 World Leagues. The team also won silver at both the 2011 and 2013 European Championships. He won a Greek league title in 2008 as coach of Panathinaikos. Berruto is a successful businessman who owns a Finnish-based production company.


Staff

  • Team Manager Sciascia Stefano
  • Assistant coach Brogioni Andrea
  • Second Assistant Coach Giani Andrea
  • 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
Poland
3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 0 MAX 225 176 1.278
2
France
3 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 7 8 5 1.600 285 272 1.047
3
Serbia
3 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 6 5 1.200 247 246 1.004
4
Iran
3 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 5 7 6 1.166 291 284 1.024
5
USA
3 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 6 7 0.857 283 278 1.017
6
Argentina
3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 6 0.666 222 225 0.986
7
Italy
3 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 5 8 0.625 269 294 0.914
8
Australia
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 0.111 200 247 0.809

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