Julio Velasco

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Julio Velasco
Julio Velasco 2016.jpg
Velasco in a press conference in Azadi Indoor Stadium in 2016
Personal information
Full name Julio Velasco
Born (1952-02-09) February 9, 1952 (age 65)
La Plata, Argentina
Hometown La Plata, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Coaching information
Current team Argentina (Head coach)
Previous teams coached
Years Teams
Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste
Argentina Argentina (assistant)

Italy Tre Valli Jesi
Italy Modena
Italy Italy
Italy Italy women
Czechoslovakia Czech Republic
Italy Copra Piacenza
Italy Modena
Italy Gabeca Montichiari
Spain Spain
Iran Iran
Argentina Argentina

Julio Velasco (born February 9, 1952 in La Plata, Argentina) is an Argentine-born Italian[1] professional volleyball coach and Athletic administrator. Velasco in 2005 added at the Volleyball Hall of Fame.



Julio Velasco began playing volleyball at the age of 15 for National University of La Plata Club.


Velasco became assistant coach on the Argentina national men's team from 1981-1983.

Italy 1989-1986

Velasco who guided the Italy men's national volleyball team to several successes in the 1990s. This period of time is golden coaching in volleyball and sport. In 1989, he was hired to coach the Italy. He immediately led them to a Gold Medal at the European Championships in 1989 the first champ in the history of Italian volleyball. Until 1996, when Velasco leaves the Azzurri bench, Italy collects three European Championship gold medals, two FIVB World Championships gold medalist and five victories in the World League, in addition to other minor trophies liked, FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, Mediterranean Games, FIVB World Cup and World Super Challenge. Velasco in the last years of his presence in Italy to great achievement and the first silver medal history FIPAV in 1996 Summer Olympics. He is at this proid Developing big player similar, Sartoretti, Bernardi, Giani, Lucchetta and Zorezi.


In 1983, he was invited to coach for Tre Valli Jesi in Italy, staying until 1985. He coached at Panini Modena 1985-1989 and led them to four Italian national championships in 1986-1989. Velasco After the 1996 Summer Olympics, where the Italians won silver, he switched to the Italy women's team 1996 to 1997. Julio Velasco left the Italy national men’s Team in 1996 to coach the Italian national women’s Team, whom he coached to a Gold Medal at the Mediterranean Games. He coached the Czech Republic men's national team in 2001. He returned to Italy to coach the Copra Piacenza club in 2002. 2008 year selected Spain men's national team and achieve to 2009 European Volleyball League. In 2011, Velasco was signed as the head coach of the Iran men's national team. He became coach Argentina men's national team before his contract expires with Iranian national team on 1 March 2014. This change of the team was due to request of the people and country president of Argentina, and was approved by the Iranian volleyball confederation because of Iranians respect for their coach.[2] He led the team to championship 2015 Pan American Games.


Velasco being during the years 1998-99 General Director of the S.S. Lazio, that at that year won the UEFA Cup. He was also a consultant Massimo Moratti for some time in Inter Milan.


Pallavolo Modena:

Italy men's national volleyball team:

Italy women's national volleyball team

Spain men's national volleyball team

Iran men's national volleyball team

Argentina men's national volleyball team

Individual awards[edit]

About him[edit]

He has discussed coaching with football mastermind Pep Guardiola multiple times. he when lived in Italy, Pep travelled hundreds of kilometres so that he could meet Argentinian volleyball coach Julio Velasco personally, simply because he had seen him in a TV interview and wanted to learn from him.[3]


  1. ^ "Julio Velasco". INT'L VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Julio Velasco will be the Argentine Seniors Men's coach". FIVB. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ FIVB - Julio Velasco