However, the Italian championship has always been seen as one of the most competitive in the world. For this reason, and also because of the imminent Olympic Games in Rio, in the last championship many important players decided to come back to Italy, to prepare better for this important event. In this way, the Serie A1 became more competitive and interesting.
If we then refer to the current transfer market, things are going in a similar way. Even if some important and famous players have decided to leave Italy for “richer” countries, like Turkey or China, some other will return. For example, Carolina Costagrande, Katarzyna Skorupa and Robin De Kruijf, who will play in Imoco Volley Conegliano, and Jovana Brakocevic and Neriman Ozsoy, who will join the new team born from the fusion of Liu Jo Modena and Nordmeccanica Piacenza.
Meanwhile, Italy will also welcome young foreign players, who are at their first experience with the professional life of an athlete and wish to improve themselves in a country that has a big tradition in volleyball. These big deals will surely help the Italian championship to become even more and more competitive and spectacular.
At the same time, the transfer market of the Italian teams should also focus on young domestic players. This is because the federation has decided to change some rules from the 2017/2018 championship: in fact, a minimum number of four Italians that always has to be on the court during a match; moreover, the teams cannot play contemporarily with more than one player coming from the same volleyball federation (for example, a team cannot use a setter and an outside hitter both coming from USA).
These rules were made because the Italian federation thinks that there is the need of increasing the level of domestic players in order to have a stronger national team that can compete with the strongest national teams of the world. For example, the young players of Club Italia were in the wish list of many teams that managed to sign some of them, like Anna Danesi and Ofelia Malinov, who will play in Imoco Volley Conegliano, Beatrice Berti and Ilaria Spirito, who are going to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio.
In this way, Italy is experiencing lots of changes in the transfer market, but even if some international and famous players will not take part in the Serie A1 anymore, the show which is one of the best in the entire volleyball world, will surely go on.
Credits: Elena Tonon (editor of Elemercato)
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