Italy men's national water polo team

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Italy
Flag of Italy.svg
FINA code ITA
Nickname(s)Il Settebello
Association Italian Swimming Federation
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Alessandro Campagna
Asst coach Amedeo Pomilio
Captain Pietro Figlioli
FINA ranking (since 2008)
Current8 (as of 9 August 2021)
Highest2 (2012, 2016)
Lowest9 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Olympic Games  (team statistics)
Appearances 20 (first in 1920 )
Best resultGold medal icon.svg (1948, 1960, 1992)
World Championship
Appearances18 (first in 1973 )
Best resultGold medal icon.svg (1978, 1994, 2011, 2019)
World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1979 )
Best resultGold medal icon.svg (1993)
World League
Appearances17 (first in 2002 )
Best resultSilver medal icon.svg (2003, 2011, 2017)
European Championship
Appearances32 (first in 1927 )
Best resultGold medal icon.svg (1947, 1993, 1995)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultBronze medal icon.svg (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances17 (first in 1955 )
Best resultGold medal icon.svg (1955, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1991, 1993)
Media
Website federnuoto.it
Last updated: 5 September 2021

The Italian national water polo team represents Italy in men's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Federnuoto (the Italian Aquatics Federation). The national men's team has the nickname of "Settebello", a reference to both the Italian card game scopa and a standard water polo team having seven players.

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The Italian men's water polo team has won 8 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 5 World Cup, 11 European Championships medals and 3 World League medals, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world. They have won a combined eleven championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

History

The Italian water polo team, of the early 1950s Italian waterpolo team circa 1950.jpg
The Italian water polo team, of the early 1950s

Water Polo became popular in Italy soon after 1899, when an exhibition match was played at the Bath of Diana in Milan, with the match being described in the press as: "like football but more tiring and difficult, requiring energy and strength beyond the ordinary". [1]

Although a domestic league was soon established, the Italian national water polo team did not first compete at the Olympic Games until the 1920 Olympics, in Antwerp, Belgium, where they were forced to forfeit their first round match, before losing 5–1 to Greece and being eliminated.

The national team first fulfilled their potential at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, when they went undefeated for the whole tournament to claim their first gold medal in the discipline.

The Italian team reclaimed the title of Olympic champions in front of a home crowd at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. Italy won their third Olympic title at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, beating the hosts and tournament favourites Spain 9–8 after extra time in a thrilling final. Only Hungary (9), and Great Britain (4) have more Olympic titles.

The Italian national side have also won four World Championships, in 1978, 1994, 2011 and 2019, and the World Cup once in 1993. Italy also claimed their first European Championship in 1947.

Competitive record

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
Olympic Games 3238
World Championship 4217
World Cup 1315
World League 0314
European Championship 32611
Europa Cup 0011
Universiade 44614
Mediterranean Games 66214
Total21222164

Results

Olympic Games

Year [2] PositionPldWDL
Flag of France.svg 1900 Did not participate
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 10th2002
Flag of France.svg 1924 11th1001
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Did not participate
Flag of the United States.svg 1932
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Gold medal icon.svg7610
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Bronze medal icon.svg8602
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 4th6303
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Gold medal icon.svg6510
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 4th6303
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 4th9612
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 6th6323
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Silver medal icon.svg8431
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 8th8413
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 7th7421
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 7th7322
Flag of Spain.svg 1992 Gold medal icon.svg7520
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Bronze medal icon.svg8701
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000 5th8602
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 8th7403
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 9th8404
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Silver medal icon.svg8512
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Bronze medal icon.svg8503
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 7th8422
Total21/27143871640

World Championship

FINA World Cup

FINA World League

  • 2002 – Semi-final round [2]
  • 2003Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 2004 – 4th place
  • 2005 – Semi-final round
  • 2006 – Preliminary round
  • 2007 – Preliminary round
  • 2008 – 7th place
  • 2009 – 5th place
  • 2010 – Preliminary round
  • 2011Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 2012Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal
  • 2013 – Preliminary round
  • 2014 – Preliminary round
  • 2015 – 7th place
  • 2016 – 4th place
  • 2017Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 2018Did not participate
  • 2019 – Preliminary round
  • 2020 – 4th place

European Championship

Europa Cup

Mediterranean Games

  • 1951 – Unknown
  • 1955Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1959Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 1963Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1967Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 1971Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 1975Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1979Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 1983Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal
  • 1987Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1991Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1993Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal
  • 1997 – 4th place
  • 2001Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 2005Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal
  • 2009Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal
  • 2013 – 4th place
  • 2018 – 5th place

Current squad

Roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Sandro Campagna [3]

No.PlayerPos.L/RHeightWeightDate of birth (age)AppsOG/
Goals
ClubRef
1 Marco Del Lungo 10GK2R1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)97 kg (214 lb) (1990-03-01)1 March 1990 (aged 31)1901/0 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia [4]
2 Francesco Di Fulvio 50D2R1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)88 kg (194 lb) (1993-08-15)15 August 1993 (aged 27)1921/8 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [5]
3 Stefano Luongo 50D2R1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)84 kg (185 lb) (1990-01-05)5 January 1990 (aged 31)1670/0 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [6]
4 Pietro Figlioli (C)50D2R1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)98 kg (216 lb) (1984-05-29)29 May 1984 (aged 37)2634/42 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [7]
5 Nicholas Presciutti 20CB2R1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)90 kg (198 lb) (1993-12-14)14 December 1993 (aged 27)1090/0 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [8]
6 Alessandro Velotto 50D2R1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)85 kg (187 lb) (1995-02-12)12 February 1995 (aged 26)1531/1 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [9]
7 Vincenzo Renzuto 50D2R1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)80 kg (176 lb) (1993-04-08)8 April 1993 (aged 28)950/0 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia [10]
8 Gonzalo Echenique 50D1L1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)96 kg (212 lb) (1990-04-27)27 April 1990 (aged 31)591/11 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [11]
9 Niccolò Figari 20CB2R1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)91 kg (201 lb) (1988-01-24)24 January 1988 (aged 33)1700/0 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [12]
10 Michaël Bodegas 40CF2R1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)102 kg (225 lb) (1987-05-03)3 May 1987 (aged 34)1221/3 Flag of Spain.svg Barceloneta [13]
11 Matteo Aicardi 40CF2R1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)102 kg (225 lb) (1986-04-19)19 April 1986 (aged 35)2652/9 Flag of Italy.svg Pro Recco [14]
12 Vincenzo Dolce 50D2R1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)92 kg (203 lb) (1995-05-11)11 May 1995 (aged 26)560/0 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia [15]
13 Gianmarco Nicosia 10GK2R1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)93 kg (205 lb) (1998-02-12)12 February 1998 (aged 23)580/0 Flag of Italy.svg Telimar Palermo [16]
Average1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)92 kg (203 lb)30 years, 118 days146

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: Italy Men | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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