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
NationalitySpanish
Argentine
Born(1973-04-29)29 April 1973
Mendoza, Argentina
Died22 June 2019(2019-06-22) (aged 46)
Italy
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Spike345 cm (136 in)
Block322 cm (127 in)
Coaching information
Previous teams coached
YearsTeams
2013–2016
2016–2017
2016–2018
2018–2019
PGE Skra Bełchatów
Czech Republic
Gi Group Monza
Saugella Monza
Volleyball information
PositionSetter
Number10
Career
YearsTeams
1996–1997
1997–1998
1998–2000
2000–2002
2002–2003
2003–2008
2008–2012
2012–2013
CV Las Palmas
Zinella Volley Bologna
Dal Monte Ferrara
Knack Randstad Roeselare
Pallavolo Modena
Portol Palma de Mallorca
PGE Skra Bełchatów
Ural Ufa
National team
1993–2009 Spain
Last updated: 22 June 2019

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

Personal life[edit]

Falasca was born in Mendoza, Argentina. His grandfather came from Italy. His father Juan Carlos is a former volleyball player from Argentina, and his mother is 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 have two children - daughter Sara and son Daniel (born 2003).

Death[edit]

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 family[4], despite a resuscitation attempt.[5]

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

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 was fired 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]

Clubs[edit]

CEV Champions League[edit]

CEV Cup[edit]

CEV Challenge Cup[edit]

FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

National championships[edit]

National team[edit]

Individually[edit]

References[edit]

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

2007
Succeeded by
Argentina Luciano De Cecco
Preceded by
Netherlands Yannick van Harskamp
Best Setter of
European League

2009
Succeeded by
Spain Guillermo Hérnan