Overview

Team profile

Italy

Italy began their Olympic journey in Sydney 2000, and since then, they have consistently qualified to succeeding editions of the quadrennial. After placing equal-ninth in 2000, they finished a triple joint-fifth at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Italy had better performances in other competitions, as they won the World Championship title in 2002, the World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011, and the Grand Champions Cup in 2009. The summer of 2014 was Italy’s big chance to impress as they hosted the women’s World Championship. In front of large and often passionate crowds at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, they went all the way to the semifinals where they lost to China before being defeated by powerhouses Brazil in the bronze medal match.

At the World Grand Prix, Italy had a fifth place finish at the 2013 edition, Italy dropped to ninth in 2014 and jumped four place high at fifth in 2015 under the guidance of Marco Bonitta. The Italians had a good run at the World Grand Prix after the turn of the millennium, winning silver medals in 2004 and 2005 and bronze in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. But performances have dipped recently with 2013’s fifth being preceded by finishes of seventh in 2011 and 10th in 2012.

Coach

Marco Bonitta

Marco Bonitta

Marco Bonitta returned as coach of Italy’s women’s team in March 2014, leading them to a ninth-place finish in Group 1. During his successful first tenure from 2001 to 2006, the team won silver medals at the 2004 and 2005 World Grands Prix and bronze in 2006. He led Italy to their first World Championship title in 2002, and to silver at the 2001 and 2005 European Championships. Bonitta then coached Poland’s women’s team to an equal ninth-place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games. He has coached several men’s and women’s clubs in Italy, winning multiple domestic and international trophies with the Foppapedretti Bergamo women’s team in the late 1990s.

  • Team Manager Marco Miotti
  • Assistant coach Fabio Soli
  • Second Assistant Coach Cristiano Lucchi
  • Doctor Roberto Vannicelli
  • Physiotherapist Daniele Dailianis

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank 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
Italy
7 6 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 17 18 7 2.571 586 517 1.133
2
Netherlands
7 5 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 16 17 7 2.428 571 465 1.227
3
Japan
7 5 2 3 0 2 1 1 0 14 18 10 1.800 644 571 1.127
4
Korea
7 4 3 2 2 0 1 1 1 13 15 11 1.363 597 577 1.034
5
Thailand
7 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 12 15 12 1.250 597 592 1.008
6
Dominican Republic
7 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 6 7 16 0.437 517 542 0.953
7
Peru
7 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 6 7 16 0.437 462 549 0.841
8
Kazakhstan
7 0 7 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 3 21 0.142 426 587 0.725

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