Modena Volley

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Parmareggio Modena
Logo Modena Volley.png
Full name Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
Short name Modena Volley
Founded 1966
Ground PalaPanini
(Capacity: 5211)
Chairman Catia Pedrini
Manager Andrea Sartoretti
Captain Bruno Rezende
League Italian Volleyball League
Website Club home page
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Modena Volley is a professional volleyball team based in Modena, Italy. It plays in the highest level of the Italian Volleyball League without interruption since 1968 and it is the most successful Italian club, having won eleven times the national league and eleven times the national cup as well. The club achieved thirteen European trophies including four Champions League.


The club was founded in 1966 by Benito and Giuseppe Panini, owners of Edizioni Panini publishing house, and was named Gruppo Sportivo Panini (or simply G.S. Panini). The club, trained by Franco Anderlini, started from Serie C (the third level of the Italian League) and achieved the Serie A in 1968, taking only two seasons. Since then it has never been relegated to lower divisions.

It took only another season to achieve the first Italian League, in 1969/70. With Anderlini as head coach Modena won three championships, but in 1975/76 he resigned and was replaced by Polish Edward Skorek who acted as player-coach, leading Panini to another national title. By the end of the seventies Modena clinched four Italian leagues, two Italian cups and its first European trophy, the 1979/80 CEV Cup Winners' Cup.

In the eighties Modena had even greater successes: managed by Julio Velasco the team gained four consecutive Italian leagues and many national and international cups. In 1989 Velasco was appointed head of the Italian national team, leaving Modena where he was replaced by Vladimir Jankovic. Even without Velasco, Modena became European champion winning the 1989/90 CEV Champions League.

Daytona Volley logo

The team entered the nineties with financial difficulties and in 1993 it changed ownership for the first time, being taken over by Giovanni Vandelli, a ceramic industrialist who renamed the club as Daytona Volley and signed Daniele Bagnoli as head coach. Modena soon regained its competitiveness and in five seasons it won twelve trophies, including two Italian Leagues and two CEV Champions Leagues. The 1996/97 season could be regarded as one of the most successful in the club's long history, having achieved the Italian League, the Italian Cup and the Champions League in the same year. 1996 was also the year of Giuseppe Panini's death, co-founder and for many years the highly respected president of the club. The municipal administration of Modena entitled the local arena, home of the volleyball team, to his memory as Palazzo dello Sport Giuseppe Panini, commonly referred to as PalaPanini by supporters. In 1997/98, trained by Francesco Dall'Olio, Modena won his third consecutive CEV Champions League. After an unsuccessful comeback of Daniele Bagnoli, Vandelli's club won its last Italian league in 2001/02 with Angelo Lorenzetti as coach.

Pallavolo Modena logo

Vandelli's last trophy was the 2003/04 CEV Cup (now Challenge Cup), then in 2005 he sold the club to a consortium composed of Antonio Barone (a coal industry businessman and former volleyball player, who won two Italian leagues with the Panini team), Catia Pedrini (Barone's wife) and Giuliano Grani (a merchandising businessman). The name was changed to Pallavolo Modena and Barone became the new president.

During 2008 Barone e Pedrini left the club leaving it in the hands of Grani and new partner Pietro Peia (a long-standing manager of the club). In 2012 even Grani took a step back, leaving Peia as the sole owner. Under the Barone-Grani-Peia ownership Modena won only one trophy with the 2007/08 CEV Challenge Cup, despite great investements to sign notable players, such as Ángel Dennis, André Nascimento and André Heller, and many successive famous coaches as Julio Velasco, Andrea Giani, Silvano Prandi, Daniele Bagnoli (at his third experience at Modena) and Angelo Lorenzetti.

Modena Volley logo

In May 2013 a new consortium composed of Gino Gibertini (dealer of oil products), Antonio Panini (son of Giuseppe Panini), Catia Pedrini, Dino Piacentini (building contractor) and Peter Zehentleitner (CEO of Trenkwalder Italia) acquired the club. Both Gibertini and Piacentini were Panini's players in the seventies. The club's name was changed to Modena Volley Punto Zero with Gibertini as president and Lorenzetti being confirmed as head coach. The coexistence between many partners proved to be difficult and after few months Gibertini, Panini and Zehentleitner left the consortium. Catia Pedrini was then appointed president of the club with Piacentini in the role of vice-president.

For the 2014-15 season the club's name has been modified to Modena Volley with a new logo. In 11 January 2015, the team won its first title in 7 years (the last victory was the CEV Challenge Cup in 2008), by defeating Trentino Volley[1] in the final of Italian Volleyball Cup.


  • Italian Volleyball League (11) (record)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1969/1970, 1971/1972, 1973/1974, 1975/1976, 1985/1986, 1986/1987, 1987/1988, 1988/1989, 1994/1995, 1996/1997, 2001/2002
  • Italian Volleball Cup (11) (record)
    • Simple gold cup.svg 1. place: 1978/1979, 1979/1980, 1984/1985, 1985/1986, 1987/1988, 1988/1989, 1993/1994, 1994/1995, 1996/1997, 1997/1998, 2014/2015
  • Italian SuperCup (1)
    • Simple gold cup.svg 1. place: 1997/1998
  • CEV Champions League (4)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1989/1990, 1995/1996, 1996/1997, 1997/1998
  • CEV Cup Winners' Cup (3)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1979/1980, 1985/1986, 1994/1995,
  • CEV Challenge Cup (former CEV Cup) (5) (record)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1982/1983, 1983/1984, 1984/1985, 2003/2004, 2007/2008
  • CEV SuperCup (1)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1995/1996

Title sponsorship[edit]

1968-1989 Panini Modena
1989-1991 Philips Modena
1991-1992 Carimonte Modena
1992-1993 Panini Modena
1993-1994 Daytona Modena
1994-1995 Daytona Las Modena
1995-1996 Las Daytona Modena
1996-1997 Las Daytona Modena; Las Valtur Modena (CEV Champions Cup only)
1997-2000 Casa Modena Unibon
2000-2002 Casa Modena Salumi
2002-2003 Kerakoll Modena; Meta Daytona Modena (Italian Supercup only)
2003-2004 Kerakoll Modena
2004-2005 Daytona Modena
2005-2008 Cimone Modena
2008-2010 Trenkwalder Modena
2010-2014 Casa Modena
2014-2015 Modena Volley; Parmareggio Modena (since 28th February)



Coach: Italy Angelo Lorenzetti
Second coach: Italy Lorenzo Tubertini
Assistant: Ettore Guidetti
Coach of physical preparation: Juan Carlos De Lellis
Scoutman: Luigi Parisi
Doctor: Lorenzo Segre
Doctor: Luigi Tarallo
Physiotherapist: Cristiano Cambi
Physiotherapist: Andrea Sternieri
Manager: Steffano Reggiani
Shirt No Player Birth Date Height [cm] Position
1 Brazil Bruno Rezende (1986-07-02) July 2, 1986 (age 28) 190 setter
2 Italy Fabio Donadio (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 27) 181 libero
3 Italy Andrea Sala (1978-12-27) December 27, 1978 (age 36) 202 middle-blocker
4 Serbia Nemanja Petrić (1987-07-28) July 28, 1987 (age 27) 205 wing-spiker
5 Italy Dante Boninfante (1977-03-07) March 7, 1977 (age 38) 188 setter
6 Italy Alberto Casadei (1984-09-15) September 15, 1984 (age 30) 200 opposite hitter
7 Italy Salvatore Rossini (1986-07-13) July 13, 1986 (age 28) 181 libero
9 France Earvin N'Gapeth (1987-07-28) July 28, 1987 (age 27) 195 wing-spiker
11 Italy Matteo Piano (1990-10-24) October 24, 1990 (age 24) 207 middle-blocker
12 Belgium Pieter Verhees (1989-12-08) December 8, 1989 (age 25) 205 middle-blocker
14 Japan Yūki Ishikawa (1995-12-11) December 11, 1995 (age 19) 194 wing-spiker
16 Serbia Uroš Kovačević (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 22) 198 wing-spiker
17 Italy Luca Vettori (1991-04-26) April 26, 1991 (age 24) 199 opposite hitter

Notable players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 4 Italy Franco Bertoli; the number was retired in 1994, then reassigned to Nemanja Petric in 2014 with the approval of Bertoli himself.
  • 10 Italy Luca Cantagalli; the number was retired in 2004.[2]
  • 13 Italy Andrea Giani; the number was retired in 2007.


1966-1993 Giuseppe Panini
1993-2005 Giovanni Vandelli
2005-2007 Antonio Barone
2007-2012 Giuliano Grani
2012-2013 Pietro Peia
2013 Gino Gibertini
2013- Catia Pedrini

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Franco Anderlini Italy 1966–1975
Edward Skorek Poland 1975–1978
Gian Paolo Guidetti Italy 1978–1983
Andrea Nannini Italy 1983–1985
Julio Velasco Argentina 1985–1989
Vladimir Jankovic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989–1990
Massimo Barbolini Italy 1990–1992
Bernardo Rezende Brazil 1992–1993
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 1993–1997[a]
Franco Bertoli Italy 1996–1997[a]
Francesco Dall'Olio Italy 1997–1998
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 1998–2000[b]
Franco Bertoli Italy 2000[b]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2000–2001
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2001–2004[c]
Maurizio Menarini Italy 2004[c]
Julio Velasco Argentina 2004–2006
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 2006–2007
Andrea Giani Italy 2007–2008[d]
Emanuele Zanini Italy 2008–2009[d]
Silvano Prandi Italy 2009–2011[e]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2011–2012[e]
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2012–current
  • a In November 1996 Daniele Bagnoli suffered serious injuries from a car accident and was replaced by Bertoli until his recovery.
  • b In February 2000 Bruno Bagnoli was sacked and replaced by Bertoli.
  • c In January 2004 Lorenzetti was sacked and replaced by Menarini.
  • d In December 2008 Giani was sacked and replaced by Zanini.
  • e In January 2011 Prandi was sacked and replaced by Daniele Bagnoli.