Francesca Piccinini

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Francesca Piccinini
Francesca Piccinini 1.jpg
Medal record
Women's Volleyball
Competitor for  Italy
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2002 Germany Team
World Grand Champions Cup
Gold medal – first place 2009 Tokyo/Fukuoka Team
FIVB World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2007 Japan Team
FIVB World Grand Prix
Silver medal – second place 2004 Reggio Calabria Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Reggio Calabria Team
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Belgia Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Poland Team
Silver medal – second place 2001 Bulgaria Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Croatia Team

Francesca Piccinini (born January 10, 1979 in Massa) is a female volleyball player who has represented Italy four times (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) at the Summer Olympics. She was a member of the Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. She made her debut for Italy on 1995-06-10 against the United States. She was inspired to become a professional volleyball player by the Japanese anime Attack No. 1, shown in Italy in the 1980s under the title Mimì e la nazionale della pallavolo.

In 2004 she appeared naked in a calendar published by the Italian magazine Men's Health.

Playing professionally with the Italian club Volley Bergamo, she won the "Most Valuable Player award when her team won the 2009–10 CEV Indesit Champions League title.[1]

Piccinini played with her national team at the 2014 World Championship.[2] There her team ended up in fourth place after losing 2-3 to Brazil the bronze medal match.[3]



  1. ^ CEV. "Volley BERGAMO wins 2010 CEV Indesit European Champions League!". Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ "USA win first World Championship title, China and Brazil complete the podium". Milan, Italy: FIVB. 2014-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  3. ^ Carneiro, Leandro (2014-10-12). "Brasil passa sufoco e quase toma virada, mas conquista bronze ante Itália". UOL (in Portuguese) (Milan, Italy). Retrieved 2014-10-12. 

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