Italy men's national water polo team

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Italy
Nickname(s) Settebello
Association Federazione Italiana Nuoto
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Alessandro Campagna
Asst coach Alessandro Duspiva
Amedeo Pomilio
Captain Pietro Figlioli
FINA code ITA
Olympic Games
Appearances 20 (first in 1920)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances 17 (first in 1973)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1978, 1994, 2011)
World League
Appearances 7 (first in 2002)
Best result 2nd, silver medalist(s) (2003, 2011, 2017)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1993)
European Championship
Appearances 30 (first in 1927)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1947, 1993, 1995)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 16 (first in 1955)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)

The Italian national water polo team represents Italy in men's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Federnuoto (the Italian Aquatics Federation). The national men's team has the nickname of "Settebello".

The Italian men's water polo team has won 8 Olympic medals, 6 World Championships, 5 World Cup, 11 European Championships medals and 3 World League medal, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined six championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

History[edit]

The Italian water polo team, of the early 1950s

Water Polo became popular in Italy soon after 1899, when an exhibition match was played at the Bath of Diana in Milan, with the match being described in the press as: "like football but more tiring and difficult, requiring energy and strength beyond the ordinary".[1]

Although a domestic league was soon established, the Italian national water polo team did not first compete at the Olympic Games until the 1920 Olympics, in Antwerp, Belgium, where they were forced to forfeit their first round match, before losing 5–1 to Greece and being eliminated.

The national team first fulfilled their potential at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, when they went undefeated for the whole tournament to claim their first gold medal in the discipline.

The Italian team reclaimed the title of Olympic champions in front of a home crowd at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. Italy won their third Olympic title at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, beating the hosts and tournament favourites Spain 9–8 after extra time in a thrilling final. Only Hungary (9), and Great Britain (4) have more Olympic titles.

The Italian national side have also won three World Championships, in 1978, 1994 and 2011,and the World Cup once in 1993. Italy also claimed their first European Championship in 1947.

Palmarès[edit]

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 3 2 3 8
World Championship 3 2 1 6
European Championship 3 2 6 11
Universiade 3 3 4 10
Mediterranean Games 6 6 2 14
Total 18 15 15 48

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Position
Belgium 1920 11
France 1924 10
Netherlands 1928 Didn't participate
United States 1932 Didn't participate
Germany 1936 Didn't participate
United Kingdom 1948 1st, gold medalist(s)
Finland 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Australia 1956 4
Italy 1960 1st, gold medalist(s)
Japan 1964 4
Mexico 1968 4
West Germany 1972 8
Canada 1976 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Soviet Union 1980 8
United States 1984 7
South Korea 1988 7
Spain 1992 1st, gold medalist(s)
United States 1996 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Australia 2000 5
Greece 2004 8
China 2008 9
United Kingdom 2012 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Brazil 2016 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

World Championship[edit]

  • 1973 — 4th place
  • 19753rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze medal
  • 19781st, gold medalist(s) Gold medal
  • 1982 — 9th place
  • 19862nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 1991 — 6th place
  • 19941st, gold medalist(s) Gold medal
  • 1998 — 5th place
  • 2001 — 4th place
  • 20032nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 2005 — 8th place
  • 2007 — 5th place
  • 2009 — 11th place
  • 20111st, gold medalist(s) Gold medal
  • 2013 — 4th place
  • 2015 — 4th place
  • 2017 — 6th place

FINA World League[edit]

  • 2002 — Semifinal round
  • 20032nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — Semifinal round
  • 2006 — Preliminary round
  • 2007 — Preliminary round
  • 2008 — 7th place
  • 2009 — 5th place
  • 2010 — Preliminary round
  • 20112nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 20123rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze medal
  • 2013 — Preliminary round
  • 2014 — Preliminary round
  • 2015 — 7th place
  • 2016 — 4th place
  • 20172nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal

FINA World Cup[edit]

  • 1979 — 6th place
  • 19833rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze medal
  • 1985 — 5th place
  • 1987 — 5th place
  • 19892nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 19931st, gold medalist(s) Gold medal
  • 19952nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 1997 — 5th place
  • 19992nd, silver medalist(s) Silver medal
  • 2002 — 4th place
  • 2006 — 5th place

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.[2]

Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth 2016/17 club
1 Stefano Tempesti GK 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) R 9 June 1979 Italy Pro Recco
2 Francesco Di Fulvio D 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb) R 15 August 1993 Italy Pro Recco
3 Niccolò Gitto CF 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 76 kg (168 lb) R 12 October 1986 Italy Sport Management
4 Pietro Figlioli (c) D 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) R 29 May 1984 Italy Pro Recco
5 Nicholas Presciutti CF 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) R 14 December 1993 Italy Brescia
6 Cristiano Mirarchi D R 11 July 1991 Italy Sport Management
7 Alessandro Nora D L 24 May 1987 Italy Brescia
8 Andrea Fondelli D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (198 lb) L 24 February 1994 Italy Pro Recco
9 Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice D 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb) R 8 April 1993 Italy Posillipo
10 Michaël Bodegas CF R 3 May 1987 Italy Pro Recco
11 Matteo Aicardi CF 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 104 kg (229 lb) R 19 April 1986 Italy Pro Recco
12 Zeno Bertoli CF R 22 December 1988 Italy Brescia
13 Goran Volarević GK R 2 April 1977 Italy Pro Recco

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.federnuoto.it/federazione.asp?p=testo&id=40 History of Italian Water Polo
  2. ^ "Budapest 2017 Italian Men's Water Polo Team" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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