16. 11. 2017

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: Bernardi scores World Champs point in 1990, players of Italy celebrate in referee’s chair (VIDEO)

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In the final of the World Championship 1990 in Brazil, Italy defeated Cuba 3-1 (12-15, 15-11, 15-6, 16-4) to write the new golden page of the Italian volleyball.

It was an amazing game against the Cubans, that were physically superior compared to the other teams at the tournament. However, the Italian player knew how to defeat the Cubans.

The last point of the game was created by Lorenzo Bernardi and we saw a huge celebration of the Italian boys. Some of them were celebrating in referee’s chair…

These are the players that managed to win the gold medal at the World Championship 1990:

Andrea Anastasi, Lorenzo Bernardi, Marco Bracci, Luca Cantagalli, Ferdinando De Giorgi, Andrea Gardini, Andrea Giani, Andrea Lucchetta, Marco Martinelli, Roberto Masciarelli, Paolo Tofoli, and Andrea Zorzi. Head Coach: Julio Velasco.

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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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