Taismary Agüero

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Taismary Agüero
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Personal information
Full name Taismary Agüero Leiva Botteghi
Nickname Tai, Fenomeno, Extraterrestre
Nationality Italian
Born (1977-03-05) March 5, 1977 (age 41)
Yaguajay, Cuba
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Spike 322 cm (127 in)
Block 300 cm (118 in)
Volleyball information
Position Wing Spiker
Current club Volley 2002 Forlì
Number 12
National team
1994–2001 Cuba
2007–2014 Italy
Last updated: February 2010

Taismary Agüero Leiva (born March 5, 1977) is a Cuban-born Italian volleyball player. She is the only player to represent two women's volleyball national team to win Major titles (1995 FIVB World Cup, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, 1998 FIVB World Championship, 1999 FIVB World Cup and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games for Cuba; 2007 FIVB World Cup for Italy).


Born in Yaguajay in the province of Sancti Spiritus, when she began to play volleyball when she was eight years old. Two years later, she entered in the Cerro Pelado Training Center in Havana. In 1993 she won the junior women's volleyball world championship and then joined the senior national team. She did not participate in the 1994 FIVB Women's World Championship, but she won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta two years later. In 1998 together with Mireya Luis, Regla Bell, Ana Ibis Fernandez, and Mirka Francia she won the 1998 FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan. In 2000, she was a member of the Cuban Woman volleyball national team that won the gold medal at the Sydney. In the summer 2001, she left the Cuban National Team during a tournament in Switzerland and applied for political asylum in Italy . The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) allowed her to play in Italy despite the opposition of Cuban volleyball federation and she joined Pallavolo Sirio Perugia, an Italian volleyball club, where she had just played before during the 1998–1999 and 1999–2000 seasons. At the end of 2006 she became an Italian citizen after marrying Alessio Botteghi an Italian physiotherapist who works for the Turkish National Women Volleyball team. In the summer of 2007 she joined the Italian national team.


Agüero had played for two season for Sirio Perugia from 1998 to 2000 then she played again for Sirio from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 she has played for Asystel Novara. In season 2007/2008 she played for Türk Telekom club in Ankara, in season 2009/2010 she will play for Carnaghi Villa Cortese team in the Italian League. Now Agüero both in club and in national team played as right hitters, while with the Cuban national teams she was setter/hitter.


In the 1993 junior championship she was named MVP, Best Setter and best server. In 1995 and 1997 she won the Panamerican games with Cuba, and, in 1996 and 2000, the Summer Olympics games. She was Italian national champion in 2002/2003 and 2004/2005.

Playing for Italy, she won the 2007 European Championship, where she was also declared Most Valuable Player, sha has also won the gold medal at 2009 European volleyball Championship




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Preceded by
Poland Dorota Świeniewicz
Most Valuable Player of
European Championship

Succeeded by
Netherlands Manon Flier
Preceded by
Brazil Fabiana Claudino
Best Spiker of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Cuba Daimí Ramírez
Preceded by
Russia Ekaterina Gamova
Best Scorer of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Japan Megumi Kurihara