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Azimut Modena
Logo Modena Volley.png
Full name Modena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
Short name Azimut Modena
Founded 1966
Ground PalaPanini
Modena
(Capacity: 5211)
Chairman Catia Pedrini
Manager Roberto Piazza
Captain Nemanja Petric
League Italian Volleyball League
Website Club home page
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Modena Volley
Medal record
Men’s Volleyball
CEV Champions League
Gold medal – first place 1989/1990
Gold medal – first place 1995/1996
Gold medal – first place 1996/1997
Gold medal – first place 1997/1998
Silver medal – second place 1986/1987
Silver medal – second place 1987/1988
Silver medal – second place 1989/1989
Silver medal – second place 2002/2003
Bronze medal – third place 1990/1991
CEV Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979/1980
Gold medal – first place 1985/1986
Gold medal – first place 1994/1995
Silver medal – second place 2006/2007
CEV Challenge Cup
Gold medal – first place 1982/1983
Gold medal – first place 1983/1984
Gold medal – first place 1985/1986
Gold medal – first place 2003/2004
Gold medal – first place 2007/2008
Silver medal – second place 1999/2000
Silver medal – second place 2000/2001
Cev SuperCup
Gold medal – first place 1996
Silver medal – second place 1990
Silver medal – second place 1997
Italian Volleyball League
Gold medal – first place 1969/1970
Gold medal – first place 1971/1972
Gold medal – first place 1973/1974
Gold medal – first place 1975/1976
Gold medal – first place 1985/1986
Gold medal – first place 1986/1987
Gold medal – first place 1987/1988
Gold medal – first place 1988/1989
Gold medal – first place 1994/1995
Gold medal – first place 1996/1997
Gold medal – first place 2001/2002
Gold medal – first place 2015/2016
Italian Volleyball Cup
Gold medal – first place 1978/1979
Gold medal – first place 1979/1980
Gold medal – first place 1984/1985
Gold medal – first place 1985/1986
Gold medal – first place 1987/1988
Gold medal – first place 1988/1989
Gold medal – first place 1993/1994
Gold medal – first place 1994/1995
Gold medal – first place 1996/1997
Gold medal – first place 1997/1998
Gold medal – first place 2014/2015
Gold medal – first place 2015/2016
Italian Super Cup
Gold medal – first place 1997
Gold medal – first place 2015
Gold medal – first place 2016

Modena Volley is a professional volleyball team based in Modena, Italy. It plays in the highest level of the Italian Volleyball League without interruption since 1968 and it is the most successful Italian club, having won twelve times the national league and the national cup as well: Modena is the current holder of both titles. The club is one of the most prominent and prestigious in Europe too, having achieved thirteen European trophies including four CEV Champions League. Modena is ranked 38th (as of October 2016) in the Men's European clubs ranking.[1] Currently there are important sponsorship deals among the others with Randstad and New Holland Agriculture, but the main sponsor of the club is Azimut.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1966 by Benito and Giuseppe Panini, owners of Edizioni Panini publishing house, and was named Gruppo Sportivo Panini (or simply G.S. Panini). The club, trained by Franco Anderlini, started from Serie C (the third level of the Italian League) and achieved the Serie A in 1968, taking only two seasons. Since then it has never been relegated to lower divisions.

It took only another season to achieve the first Italian League, in 1969/70, the victory was led by the Czechoslovak superstar Josef Musil. With Anderlini as head coach Modena won three championships, but in 1975/76 he resigned and was replaced by Polish Edward Skorek who acted as player-coach, leading Panini to another national title. By the end of the 1970s Modena clinched four Italian leagues, two Italian cups and its first European trophy, the 1979/80 CEV Cup Winners' Cup, with the Brazilian Bernard Rajzman and the Italian Francesco Dall'Olio as leaders of the team.

In the 1980s Modena had even greater successes: managed by Julio Velasco the team gained four consecutive Italian leagues and many national and international cups. In 1989 Velasco was appointed head of the Italian national team, leaving Modena where he was replaced by Vladimir Jankovic. Even without Velasco, Modena became European champion winning the 1989/90 CEV Champions League.

Daytona Volley logo (1994-2005).

The team entered the 1990s with financial difficulties and its best players (Vullo, Bernardi, Bertoli, Cantagalli, Lucchetta) left Modena moving to better funded clubs. The Panini era was coming to an end and in 1993 the club changed ownership for the first time, being taken over by Giovanni Vandelli, a ceramic industrialist who renamed the club as Daytona Volley. Vandelli signed Daniele Bagnoli as head coach and brought back Bertoli, Cantagalli and Vullo. Modena soon regained its competitiveness and in five seasons it won twelve trophies, including two Italian Leagues and two CEV Champions Leagues. The 1996/97 season could be regarded as one of the most successful in the club's long history, having achieved the Italian League, the Italian Cup and the Champions League in the same year. The line-up of this legendary season was structured by the setter Fabio Vullo, the opposite hitter Juan Cuminetti, the middle-blockers Bas van de Goor and Andrea Giani, the outside hitters Marco Bracci and Luca Cantagalli: one of the best European teams ever.

1996 was also the year of Giuseppe Panini's death, co-founder and for many years the highly respected president of the club. The municipal administration of Modena entitled the local arena, home of the volleyball team, to his memory as Palazzo dello Sport Giuseppe Panini, commonly referred to as PalaPanini by supporters. In 1997/98, trained by Francesco Dall'Olio, Modena won his third consecutive CEV Champions League. After an unsuccessful comeback of Daniele Bagnoli, Vandelli's club won its last Italian league in 2001/02 with Angelo Lorenzetti as coach.

Pallavolo Modena logo (2005-2013).

Vandelli's last trophy was the 2003/04 CEV Cup (now Challenge Cup), then in 2005 he sold the club to a consortium composed of Antonio Barone (a coal industry businessman and former volleyball player, who won two Italian leagues with the Panini team[2]), Catia Pedrini (Barone's wife) and Giuliano Grani (a merchandising businessman). The name was changed to Pallavolo Modena and Barone became the new president.

During 2008 Barone e Pedrini left the club leaving it in the hands of Grani and new partner Pietro Peia (a long-standing manager of the club). In 2012 even Grani took a step back, leaving Peia as the sole owner. Under the Barone-Grani-Peia ownership Modena won only one trophy with the 2007/08 CEV Challenge Cup, despite great investments to sign notable players, such as Ángel Dennis, Murilo Endres and Matthew Anderson, and many successive famous coaches as Julio Velasco, Andrea Giani, Silvano Prandi, Daniele Bagnoli (at his third experience at Modena) and Angelo Lorenzetti.

Modena Volley logo (2013-2014).

In May 2013 a new consortium composed of Gino Gibertini (dealer of oil products), Antonio Panini (son of Giuseppe Panini), Catia Pedrini, Dino Piacentini (building contractor) and Peter Zehentleitner (CEO of Trenkwalder Italia) acquired the club. Both Gibertini and Piacentini were Panini's players in the seventies. The club's name was changed to Modena Volley Punto Zero with Gibertini as president and Lorenzetti being confirmed as head coach. The coexistence between many partners proved to be difficult and after few months Gibertini, Panini and Zehentleitner left the consortium. Catia Pedrini was then appointed president of the club with Piacentini in the role of vice-president.

For the 2014-15 season the club's name has been modified to Modena Volley with a new logo. On 11 January 2015, the team won its first title in 7 years (the last victory was the CEV Challenge Cup in 2008), by defeating Trentino Volley[3] in the final of Italian Volleyball Cup.

For the 2015-2016 season Modena decides to strengthen the team by adding the Brazilian middle-blocker Lucas Saatkamp, and replacing Uroš Kovačević with his Serbian compatriot Miloš Nikić. Since October 2015, the club sets a major sponsorship deal with DHL. During the season, the club enlarged his honours with the victories of Italian Supercup in October and the Italian Volleyball Cup in February, by defeating Trentino Volley in both matches. Above all, the main success of the season has been the Italian national title after 14 years, by defeating SIR Safety Perugia in the final by 3-0.

For the 2016-2017 season, there are many changes: the main sponsor DHL and coach Angelo Lorenzetti leave the club, moreover the Brazilians "magic duo" Bruno Rezende and Lucas Saatkamp return to their home country. Nevertheless, Modena reinforces the roster by hiring two of the best middle blockers in the world: Maxwell Holt and Kevin Le Roux. The expert Argentinian setter Santiago Orduna takes place of Bruninho and the Serbian spiker Nemanja Petric is promoted as team Captain. Since September 2016, the new main sponsor of the club is the Italian asset management company Azimut Holding.

Honours[edit]

  • Italian Volleyball League (12) (record)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1969/1970, 1971/1972, 1973/1974, 1975/1976, 1985/1986, 1986/1987, 1987/1988, 1988/1989, 1994/1995, 1996/1997, 2001/2002, 2015/2016
  • Italian Volleyball Cup (12) (record)
    • Simple gold cup.svg 1. place: 1978/1979, 1979/1980, 1984/1985, 1985/1986, 1987/1988, 1988/1989, 1993/1994, 1994/1995, 1996/1997, 1997/1998, 2014/2015, 2015/2016
  • Italian SuperCup (3)
    • Simple gold cup.svg 1. place: 1997, 2015, 2016
  • CEV Champions League (4)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1989/1990, 1995/1996, 1996/1997, 1997/1998
  • CEV Cup Winners' Cup (3)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1979/1980, 1985/1986, 1994/1995,
  • CEV Challenge Cup (former CEV Cup) (5) (record)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1982/1983, 1983/1984, 1984/1985, 2003/2004, 2007/2008
  • CEV SuperCup (1)
    • Gold medal with cup.svg 1. place: 1995/1996

Former names[edit]

1968–1989 Panini Modena
1989–1991 Philips Modena
1991–1992 Carimonte Modena
1992–1993 Panini Modena
1993–1994 Daytona Modena
1994–1995 Daytona Las Modena
1995–1996 Las Daytona Modena
1996–1997 Las Daytona Modena; Las Valtur Modena[a]
1997–2000 Casa Modena Unibon
2000–2002 Casa Modena Salumi
2002–2003 Kerakoll Modena; Meta Daytona Modena[b]
2003–2004 Kerakoll Modena
2004–2005 Daytona Modena
2005–2008 Cimone Modena
2008–2010 Trenkwalder Modena
2010–2014 Casa Modena
2014–2015 Modena Volley; Parmareggio Modena[c]
2015–2016 DHL Modena
2016–2017 Azimut Modena
  • a Only at CEV Champions Cup
  • b Only at Italian SuperCup
  • c Since 28 February 2015

Team[edit]

Team roster - season 2016/2017
Azimut Modena
No. Name Date of birth Position
1 United States Cook, BrianBrian Cook (1992-06-01)June 1, 1992 outside hitter
4 Serbia Petrić, NemanjaNemanja Petrić (C) (1987-07-28)July 28, 1987 outside hitter
5 Argentina Orduna, SantiagoSantiago Orduna (1983-08-31)August 31, 1983 setter
6 Italy Massari, JacopoJacopo Massari (1988-06-02)June 2, 1988 outside hitter
7 Italy Rossini, SalvatoreSalvatore Rossini (L) (1986-07-13)July 13, 1986 libero
8 France N'Gapeth, SwanSwan N'Gapeth (1992-01-09)January 9, 1992 outside hitter
9 France N'Gapeth, EarvinEarvin N'Gapeth (1991-02-12)February 12, 1991 outside hitter
10 France Le Roux, KevinKevin Le Roux (1989-05-11)May 11, 1989 middle blocker
11 Italy Piano, MatteoMatteo Piano (1987-10-24)October 24, 1987 middle blocker
12 United States Holt, MaxwellMaxwell Holt (1987-03-12)March 12, 1987 middle blocker
14 Nigeria Onwelo, SamuelSamuel Onwelo (1997-04-18)April 18, 1997 opposite
16 Italy Salsi, NicolaNicola Salsi (1997-09-13)September 13, 1997 setter
17 Italy Vettori, LucaLuca Vettori (1991-04-26)April 26, 1991 opposite
Head coach: Roberto Piazza
Assistant: Lorenzo Tubertini

Notable players[edit]

The stars indicate Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees.

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 4 Italy Franco Bertoli; the number was retired in 1994, then reassigned to Nemanja Petrić in 2014 with the approval of Bertoli himself.
  • 13 Italy Andrea Giani; the number was retired in 2007.

Presidents[edit]

1966-1993 Giuseppe Panini
1993-2005 Giovanni Vandelli
2005-2007 Antonio Barone
2007-2012 Giuliano Grani
2012-2013 Pietro Peia
2013 Gino Gibertini
2013-current Catia Pedrini

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Franco Anderlini Italy 1966–1975
Edward Skorek Poland 1975–1978
Gian Paolo Guidetti Italy 1978–1983
Andrea Nannini Italy 1983–1985
Julio Velasco Argentina 1985–1989
Vladimir Janković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989–1990
Massimo Barbolini Italy 1990–1992
Bernardo Rezende Brazil 1992–1993
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 1993–1997[a]
Franco Bertoli Italy 1996–1997[a]
Francesco Dall'Olio Italy 1997–1998
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 1998–2000[b]
Franco Bertoli Italy 2000[b]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2000–2001
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2001–2004[c]
Maurizio Menarini Italy 2004[c]
Julio Velasco Argentina 2004–2006
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 2006–2007
Andrea Giani Italy 2007–2008[d]
Emanuele Zanini Italy 2008–2009[d]
Silvano Prandi Italy 2009–2011[e]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2011–2012[e]
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2012–2016
Roberto Piazza Italy 2016–current
  • a In November 1996 Daniele Bagnoli suffered serious injuries from a car accident and was replaced by Bertoli until his recovery.
  • b In February 2000 Bruno Bagnoli was sacked and replaced by Bertoli.
  • c In January 2004 Lorenzetti was sacked and replaced by Menarini.
  • d In December 2008 Giani was sacked and replaced by Zanini.
  • e In January 2011 Prandi was sacked and replaced by Daniele Bagnoli.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eurotopteams
  2. ^ "Legavolley: atleta Antonio Barone" (in Italian). Lega Pallavolo Serie A. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Itas Diatec Trentino - Modena Volley 1-3 (19:25, 19:25, 25:23, 12:25) ScoresPro.com