The Italy Men’s Volleyball National Team couldn’t have imagined making a better international debut with the reconstructed squad.
In its first match at the 2021 CEV Men’s Volleyball European Championship, Italy downed Belarus in Pool B in Ostrava (Czech Republic) in a very convincing way – 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-15). This will be an important incentive to the reconstructed squad of the ‘Azzurri’ (without Zaytsev, Juantorena, Piano, Colaci…), who is at the very beginning of forming a new collective spirit, just as its head coach Ferdinando De Giorgi, for the rest of the tournament. Giulio Pinali top-scored Italy with 15 points. Simone Giannelli set up five blocks.
Germany set off its EuroVolley 2021 campaign successfully, beating Croatia 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-19) in Tallinn, Estonia. After a year and a half from saying goodbye to the international career, the legendry German opposite György Grozer put back on the national team jersey in the official match and, of course, was Andrea Giani’s main lever, tallying 16 points. Florian Krage and Tobias Krick made four blocks apiece. Leo Andrić scored 13 points on the losing side.