Lorenzo Bernardi

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Lorenzo Bernardi
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Personal information
Full name Lorenzo Bernardi
Nationality Italian
Born (1968-08-11) August 11, 1968 (age 47)
Trento, Italy
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Spike 340 cm (130 in)
Block 331 cm (130 in)
Coaching information
Previous teams coached
Years Teams
Italy Anaune Pallavolo
Italy Italy B
Italy Sempre Volley
Poland Jastrzębski Węgiel
Turkey Halkbank Ankara
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter
National team
1987-2001  Italy (306)
Last updated: November 1, 2014

Lorenzo Bernardi (born August 11, 1968 in Trento, Italy) is a former Italian volleyball player and coach, double European Champion (1989, 1995) and double World Champion (1990, 1994), silver medalist of the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, a five-times gold medalist of FIVB World League.


Born in Trento, Bernardi started his long career in the 1980s as setter, but later was switched to hitter and passer. From 1985 he played with the Panini Modena club. Bernardi won the Italian championship nine times with Modena and with Sisley Treviso, which he played for from 1990 to 2001.

His first cap with Italian national volleyball team was on 27 May 1987: he played for a total of 306 times in "Azzurri" colours, winning two European gold medals (in 1989 and 1995), two World Championships (1990 and 1994), three Volleyball World Leagues and the Volleyball World Cup in 1995. His international tally also includes two more gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze.

He was elected best player of the 1994 World Championship and 1995 European Championship, and in 2001, the FIVB declared him to be the "Volleyball Player of the Century".

In 2004, he played some competitions in Qatar and after a spell in Greece and Olympiakos SC, he has returned to play in Italy as of November 2005. In spite of his late age of 37, he was declared MVP of the first match in his new Italian club career. In his later career he played for a B1 series (Italy's third category) near his native Trento.

During the 2010/2011 season, he took over the head coach position of the Polish club Jastrzębski Węgiel, and was able to reach the 4th spot in the CEV Champions League.



Club Country From To
Padova  Italy 1984 1985
Modena  Italy 1985 1990
Sisley Treviso  Italy 1990 2002
Trento  Italy 2002 2004
Macerata  Italy 2004 2005
Olympiakos Piraeus  Greece 2005 2006
Verona (joker)  Italy 2006 2007
Montichiari  Italy 2007 2007

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