02. 11. 2017

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: Ten years from first-ever gold for Italy in World Cup

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Ten years ago Italy won their first ever FIVB World Cup in women’s category.

 

The first matches at the FIVB World Cup in Japan 2007 were played on November 2 and Italy started the competition with the victory over Thailand. 

The tournament was played by the single Round-Robin system and Italy scored 11 wins, losing only two sets from Serbia

That year they defeated Thailand, Dominican Republic, Korea, Serbia, Japan, Poland, Kenya, Peru, Brazil, Cuba, and USA. As the winners, “Azzurre” qualified to the Olympic Games 2008 with Brazil and USA who won the silver and bronze medals.

Simona GIOLI was named for the MVP and the best blocker of the tournament.

ITALY 2007

1 Anzanello Sara

5 Piccinini Francesca

7 Guiggi Martina

8 Barazza Jenny

9 Secolo Manuela

10 Cardullo Paola

11 Ortolani Serena

12 Aguero Taismary

13 Ferretti Francesca

14 Lo Bianco Eleonora

15 Del Core Antonella

17 Gioli Simona 

 

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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Scoutman are trying to get into coaching. Due to their lack of experience and knowledge, at first, they take a major pay cut in comparison to actual volleyball coaches. Currently, coaching jobs are paying very little, even in the top leagues, and some of the experienced coaches are not taking jobs for 25.000-40.000 EUR, knowing that demands are just as high as before when they were making double of this salary. Unfortunately, club leaderships see coaches as a disposable matter and therefore keep dropping salaries because there are candidates that will take these jobs. I am not here to judge, just to describe some of the dynamics around this profession. Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Interesting trend, that some coaches who specialised on physical training, some who never played volleyball on top level, became pretty successful volleyball coaches. It can be observed in some menś and women teams. It reflects a situation that volleyball has become a very physical sport. Even the world champion country, which in past had taught others, needs coaches from abroad who come into this category. Reply

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