Ivan Zaytsev (volleyball)

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Ivan Zaytsev
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Personal information
Full name Ivan Zaytsev
Nationality Italian
Born (1988-10-02) October 2, 1988 (age 28)
Spoleto, Italy
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Spike 355 cm (140 in)
Block 348 cm (137 in)
Volleyball information
Position Spiker
Current team Sir Safety Conad Perugia
Number 9
Years Teams
2004–2006 Umbria Perugia
2006–2007 M. Roma Volley
2007–2008 Andreoli Latina
2008–2012 M. Roma Volley
2012–2014 Lube Banca Macerata
2014–2016 Dinamo Moscow
2016–2016 Al Arabi
2016– Sir Safety Conad Perugia
National team
2008–  Italy
Last updated: 16 February 2017

Ivan Zaytsev (born 2 October 1988) is an Italian volleyball player of Russian origin, a member of Italy men's national volleyball team and Italian club Sir Safety Conad Perugia, a bronze medalist of the Olympic Games London 2012, silver medalist of the European Championship (2011, 2013), bronze medalist of the World League (2013, 2014), Italian Champion (2014) and silver medalist of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

During the match as a Lube Banca Macerata player on January 8, 2014.
Ivan Zaytsev (#9) during World Championship, scoring against USA in Kraków, Poland.



He started his career as a setter in 2004, but later moved to the outside hitter role. His first club was RPA-LuigiBacchi.it Perugia, where he played for two seasons. After this, he moved to M. Roma Volley. In the season 2007/2008, he played for Andreoli Latina. Then he came back to M. Roma Volley and played there until 2012. In 2012, Zaytsev signed with Lube Banca Macerata. With this team, he won the Italian SuperCup in 2012 and the Italian Championship 2013/2014.[1][2] On May 9, 2014 his departure from Lube was announced.[3] Then for two seasons, he was a player of Russian club VC Dynamo Moscow. Zaytsev came back to Serie A1 and joined the Sir Safety Conad Perugia.

National team[edit]

He debuted with the Italy men's national volleyball team in 2008. In the European Championship 2013 Zaytsev was named as the Best Server.[4] Zaytsev was the main scorer and team leader during World League 2014 and Italy achieved bronze medal. He was appointed to the 2014 World Championship held in Poland. He was the leader of his team in the first round, but in the match against the United States injured his ankle, so despite the promotion of his team to second round, he did not play. In 2015 Zaytsev and Italian team achieved silver medal of the 2015 European Championship and Zaytsev was named Best Opposite Spiker. He achieved silver medal at 2016 Olympics.

Style of play[edit]

Zaytsev a powerful player and with special rotation spike. Zaytsev is being strongly dedicated and devoted in his career and never involved in any controversy or rumors. He strongly believes his game and performance speaks about him. He is popular among his fans.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Zaytsev is the son of Olympic Champion, volleyball player Vyacheslav Zaytsev, he was born in Spoleto, where his father was playing at the time. His mother, Irina Pozdnyakova, is a former competitive swimmer.[6] His sister, Anna (born 1975), married an Italian in 1993 and therefore also holds Italian citizenship. On May 18, 2013, he married Ashling Sirocchi. In April 2014 the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.[7] On October 31, 2014 his wife Ashling gave birth to their son named Alexander "Sasha".[8]

Sporting achievements[edit]


CEV Champions League[edit]

CEV Cup[edit]

National championships[edit]

National team[edit]




  1. ^ Zaytsev For good performance selected Most Valuable Player Serie A1.SCUDETTO ALLA LUBE! APPLAUSI ALLA GRANDE SIR! Archived 2014-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. - sirsafetyperugia.it - 04-05-2014
  2. ^ APOTEOSI LUBE IN GARA 4 A PERUGIA: SIAMO CAMPIONI D'ITALIA - lubevolley.it - 04-05-2014
  3. ^ IVAN ZAYTSEV SALUTA LA LUBE: GIOCHERA' IN RUSSIA - lubevolley.it - 09-05-2014
  4. ^ Russian giants add yet another title to their unique showcase - eurovolley2013.dk - 29-09-2013
  5. ^ Scape Players Wiki - Ivan Zaytsev
  6. ^ Позднякова Ирина - ussr-swimming.ru
  7. ^ ITA M: Zaytsev will become father! - worldofvolley.com - 04-04-2014
  8. ^ Ivan Zaytsev became a dad! - worldofvolley.com - 31-10-2014
  9. ^ Zaytsev ties Olympic serving record with 127 kph missile
  10. ^ Record di Ivan Zaytsev - Eurosport

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Best Outside Spiker of
FIVB World League

ex aequo Brazil Ricardo Lucarelli
Succeeded by
United States Taylor Sander
Brazil Ricardo Lucarelli
Preceded by
Poland Bartosz Kurek
Best Server of
CEV European Championship

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Best Opposite Spiker of
FIVB World Cup

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Italy Luca Vettori
Best Opposite Spiker of
CEV European Championship

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cuba Wilfredo León
Slovenia Tine Urnaut
Best Outside Spiker of
CEV Champions League

ex aequo Cuba Wilfredo León
Succeeded by