Italy men's national water polo team

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Italy
Nickname(s) Settebello
Association Federazione Italiana Nuoto
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Alessandro Campagna
Asst coach Francesco Attolico
Captain Stefano Tempesti
FINA code ITA
Olympic Games
Appearances 21 (first in 1920)
Best result 1st (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances 15 (first in 1973)
Best result 1st (1978, 1994, 2011)
World League
Appearances 7 (first in 2002)
Best result 2nd 2003
World Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st (1993)
European Championship
Appearances ? (first in 1927)
Best result 1st (1947, 1993, 1995)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances ? (first in 1955)
Best result 1st (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)

The Italian national water polo team represents Italy in men's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Federnuoto (the Italian Aquatics Federation). The national men's team has the nickname of "Settebello".

The Italian men's water polo team has won 6 Olympic medals, 5 World Championships, 5 World Cup, 10 European Championships medals, and one World League medal, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined six championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

History[edit]

The Italian water polo team, of the early 1950s

Water Polo became popular in Italy soon after 1899, when an exhibition match was played at the Bath of Diana in Milan, with the match being described in the press as: "like football but more tiring and difficult, requiring energy and strength beyond the ordinary".[1]

Although a domestic league was soon established, the Italian national water polo team did not first compete at the Olympic Games until the 1920 Olympics, in Antwerp, Belgium, where they were forced to forfeit their first round match, before losing 5–1 to Greece and being eliminated.

The national team first fulfilled their potential at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, when they went undefeated for the whole tournament to claim their first gold medal in the discipline.

The Italian team reclaimed the title of Olympic champions in front of a home crowd at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. Italy won their third Olympic title at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, beating the hosts and tournament favourites Spain 9–8 after extra time in a thrilling final. Only Hungary (9), and Great Britain (4) have more Olympic titles.

The Italian national side have also won three World Championships, in 1978, 1994 and 2011,and the World Cup once in 1993. Italy also claimed their first European Championship in 1995.

Palmarès[edit]

Competition 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Olympic Games 3 2 2 7
World Championship 3 2 1 6
European Championship 3 2 6 11
Universiade 3 3 4 10
Mediterranean Games 6 6 2 14
Total 18 15 15 48

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Olympic Record
Year Position
Belgium 1920 11
France 1924 10
Netherlands 1928 Didn't participate
United States 1932 Didn't participate
Germany 1936 Didn't participate
United Kingdom 1948 1st
Finland 1952 3rd
Australia 1956 4
Italy 1960 1st
Japan 1964 4
Mexico 1968 4
West Germany 1972 8
Canada 1976 2nd
Soviet Union 1980 8
United States 1984 7
South Korea 1988 7
Spain 1992 1st
United States 1996 3rd
Australia 2000 5
Greece 2004 8
China 2008 9
United Kingdom 2012 2nd
World Championship
  • 1973 — 4th place
  • 19753rd Bronze medal
  • 19781st Gold medal
  • 1982 — 9th place
  • 19862nd Silver medal
  • 1991 — 6th place
  • 19941st Gold medal
  • 1998 — 5th place
  • 2001 — 4th place
  • 20032nd Silver medal
  • 2005 — 8th place
  • 2007 — 5th place
  • 2009 — 11th place
  • 20111st Gold medal
  • 2013 — 4th place
FINA World League
  • 2002 — Semifinal round
  • 20032nd Silver medal
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — Semifinal round
  • 2006 — Preliminary round
  • 2007 — Preliminary round
  • 2008 — 7th place
FINA World Cup
  • 1979 — 6th place
  • 1981Didn't participate
  • 19833rd Bronze medal
  • 1985 — 5th place
  • 1987 — 5th place
  • 19892nd Silver medal
  • 1991Didn't participate
  • 19931st Gold medal
  • 19952nd Silver medal
  • 1997 — 5th place
  • 19992nd Silver medal
  • 2002 — 4th place
  • 2006 — 5th place

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