|Full name||Lorenzo Bernardi|
August 11, 1968 |
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Spike||340 cm (130 in)|
|Block||331 cm (130 in)|
|Last updated: November 1, 2014|
Lorenzo Bernardi (born August 11, 1968 in Trento, Italy) is a former Italian volleyball player and coach, double European Champion (1989, 1995) and double World Champion (1990, 1994), silver medalist of the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, a five-times gold medalist of FIVB World League.
Born in Trento, Bernardi started his long career in the 1980s as setter, but later was switched to hitter and passer. From 1985 he played with the Panini Modena club. Bernardi won the Italian championship nine times with Modena and with Sisley Treviso, which he played for from 1990 to 2001.
His first cap with Italian national volleyball team was on 27 May 1987: he played for a total of 306 times in "Azzurri" colours, winning two European gold medals (in 1989 and 1995), two World Championships (1990 and 1994), three Volleyball World Leagues and the Volleyball World Cup in 1995. His international tally also includes two more gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze.
He was elected best player of the 1994 World Championship and 1995 European Championship, and in 2001, the FIVB declared him to be the "Volleyball Player of the Century".
In 2004, he played some competitions in Qatar and after a spell in Greece and Olympiakos SC, he has returned to play in Italy as of November 2005. In spite of his late age of 37, he was declared MVP of the first match in his new Italian club career. In his later career he played for a B1 series (Italy's third category) near his native Trento.
- 1992 FIVB World League "Most Valuable Player"
- 1994 World Championships "Most Valuable Player"
- 1995 European Championships "Most Valuable Player"
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