Francesca Piccinini

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Francesca Piccinini
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Personal information
Full name Francesca Piccinini
Nationality Italy
Born (1979-01-10) January 10, 1979 (age 37)
Massa, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Spike 315 cm (124 in)
Block 298 cm (117 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside Hitter
Current club Italy Pomi Casalmaggiore
Number 12
National team
1995–2014 Italy

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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