Miguel Ángel Falasca

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Miguel Ángel Falasca
Miguel Falasca 2014 01.jpg
Falasca in January 2014
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ángel Falasca Fernández
NationalityArgentina Argentine
Spain Spanish
Born(1973-04-29)29 April 1973
Mendoza, Argentina
Died22 June 2019(2019-06-22) (aged 46)
Monza, Italy
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Coaching information
Previous teams coached
Skra Bełchatów
Czech Republic
Volley Milano
Saugella Monza
Volleyball information
Spain CV Las Palmas
Italy Zinella Volley
Italy Del Monte Ferrara
Belgium Knack Roeselare
Italy Modena Volley
Spain CV Pòrtol
Poland Skra Bełchatów
Russia Ural Ufa
National team
1993–2009 Spain (371)

Miguel Ángel Falasca Fernández (29 April 1973 – 22 June 2019) was an Argentine volleyball player of Spanish citizenship and coach, member of the Spain men's national volleyball team in 1993–2009, participant of the Olympic Games (Sydney 2000), 2007 European Champion, medallist of the European League (gold in 2007, silver in 2009, bronze in 2005), three–time Spanish Champion and three–time Polish Champion.

Personal life[edit]

Falasca was born in Mendoza, Argentina. His grandfather came from Italy. His father Juan Carlos was a retired volleyball player from Argentina, and his mother was a native Spaniard. At the age of 16, due to the unstable economic situation in Argentina, the Falasca family decided to move to Spain. Miguel, his parents, sister Mariel and his younger brother Guillermo, were sent to Málaga first, and then to the Canary Islands.[1] He was married to Esther Custodio. They had two children - his daughter called Sara (2004) and his son Daniel (2002).


On 21 June 2019 Falasca was at the wedding of his friend and assistant of the Saugella Monza club in Italy, when he felt ill and went to his hotel room.[2] He died of a heart attack the next day at the age of 46[3] in Varese where he was staying with his wife,[4] despite a resuscitation attempt.[5]

Falasca during the medal ceremony of the Russian Championship in 2013, as Ural Ufa player.
Miguel Ángel Falasca as PGE Skra Bełchatów player in 2011.
On 30 September 2011 during the match PGE Skra BełchatówLOTOS Trefl Gdańsk at Ergo Arena.

Career as coach[edit]

Falasca had been working as a first coach of PGE Skra Bełchatów since 2013.[6] In the first season of his work, PGE Skra won a title of Polish Champion 2013/2014. It was the 8th title of Polish Champion in the club's history. On July 1, 2014 the club extended the contract with him until 2017.[7] In February 2016 he was head coach of the Czech Republic men's national volleyball team.[8] In March 2016 PGE Skra Bełchatów led by Falasca lost the second match with Zenit Kazan in playoffs 6 of CEV Champions League (the first match Skra won 3-2). After this loss Falasca has been dismissed during the subsequent club meeting. The decision was announced on March 28, 2016.[9] In May 2016 he signed a two-year contract with Italian club Gi Group Monza.[10]

Sporting achievements[edit]

As a player[edit]

As a coach[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

  • 2007: FIVB World Cup – Best Setter
  • 2009: Polish Cup – Best Server
  • 2009: European League – Best Setter
  • 2012: Polish Cup – Most Valuable Player
  • 2012: Polish Cup – Best Setter

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Serbia and Montenegro Nikola Grbić
Best Setter of
FIVB World Cup

Succeeded by
Argentina Luciano De Cecco
Preceded by
Netherlands Yannick van Harskamp
Best Setter of
European League

Succeeded by
Spain Guillermo Hérnan


  1. ^ Miguel Angel Falasca – z siatkówką od dzieciństwa – plusliga.pl – 03-05-2014
  2. ^ "Muere de un infarto el exjugador de voleibol Miguel Ángel Falasca". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 22 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Muere a los 46 años Miguel Ángel Falasca, gran referente del voleibol español". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial Información General, S.L.U. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Volley, tragedy in Monza: Falasca, the technical coach of Saugella, died at the age of 46 (video)". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Monza, Milan. 22 June 2019. Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019 – via Gazzetta video.
  5. ^ EFE; Sport You (22 June 2019). "Muere Miguel Ángel Falasca, histórico jugador de voleibol español, de un infarto a los 46 años". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ Miguel Falasca poprowadzi PGE Skrę – skra.pl – 29-04-2013
  7. ^ Trener Miguel Falasca na dłużej w PGE Skrze Bełchatów – sport.interia.pl – 01-07-2014
  8. ^ Miguel Angel Falasca trenerem reprezentacji Czech – pzps.pl – 11-02-2016
  9. ^ Miguel Falasca odchodzi z PGE Skry Bełchatów – skra.pl – 28-03-2016
  10. ^ Miguel Angel Falasca będzie prowadził włoski klub Gi Group Monza – onet.pl – 11-05-2016