Emanuele Birarelli

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Emanuele Birarelli
Emanuele Birarelli2.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1981-02-08) 8 February 1981 (age 36)
Senigallia, Italy
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Spike 340 cm (130 in)
Block 316 cm (124 in)
Volleyball information
Position Middle blocker
Current team Sir Safety Perugia
Number 18
Years Teams
1995–1999 Pallavolo Falconara
1999–2000 Bottega Colbordolo
2000–2002 Pallavolo Falconara
2002–2003 Dorica Pallavolo Ancona
2005–2006 Pineto Volley
2006–2007 BluVolley Verona
2007–2015 Itas Diatec Trentino
2015– Sir Safety Perugia
National team
2008– Italy

Emanuele Birarelli (born 8 February 1981) is an Italian volleyball player, a member of Italy men's national volleyball team and Italian club Sir Safety Perugia, silver medalist of 2016 Olympic Games, bronze medalist of 2012 Olympic Games and participant of the Olympic Games 2008 Olympic Games, World League (2013, 2014) and silver medalist of European Championship (2011, 2013).

Birarelli during the match with Copra Elior Piacenza on October 2, 2011.


Birarelli was born at Senigallia. He debuted in the Italian top championship in 1998 for Pallavolo Falconara. He remained there until 2003, when he was diagnosed an arm ischemia which forced him away from the field for two years.

He returned to play volleyball in 2005, first at Pineto, then for Verona and, from 2007, for Trentino Volley, with which he won an Italian national title in 2008. In the same year he debuted for Italy's national team. In 2009, he won the CEV Champions League with Trentino Volley, a feat he repeated the following year. He achieved bronze medal at 2012 Olympics. In 2015, he left Trentino Volley after eight seasons and went to another Italian club Sir Safety Perugia.[1] He was a member of the Italy at the 2016 Olympics and won silver medal after lost finale against Brazil. Birarelli received individual award for the Best Middle Blocker.[2]

Sporting achievements[edit]

CEV Champions League[edit]

FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

National championship[edit]

National team[edit]



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Preceded by
Poland Marcin Możdżonek
Best Middle Blocker of
FIVB World League

ex aequo Russia Dmitriy Muserskiy
Succeeded by
United States David Lee
Brazil Lucas Saatkamp
Preceded by
United States Russell Holmes
Best Blocker of
FIVB Club World Championship


ex aequo Italy Matteo Burgsthaler

Succeeded by
Cuba Robertlandy Simón
Brazil José Santos Júnior
Preceded by
Cuba Robertlandy Simón
Best Middle Blocker of
FIVB World Grand Champions Cup

ex aequo United States Maxwell Holt
Succeeded by
Preceded by
First Award
Best Middle Blocker of
Olympic Games

ex aequo Russia Artem Volvich
Succeeded by