Twenty-four years later, the world champion Italfuli is back. And as in 1998, there is Ferdinando de Giorgi. He was a player then, and today he is the coach of the team that has dominated the world championship from first encounter to last, exiting in the final in Katowice, the Polish host country chasing a third consecutive world title. Italy wins the comeback. After losing the first set, De Giorgi’s boys took to the field and dominated the match. In the end the score was 3-1 for the Azzurri (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-2). After winning the European gold one year ago, the De Giorgi boys completed the feat in Poland and won their fourth world championship in Italvoli’s history. And tomorrow, upon his return to Italy, the national team will be received by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. At the Spodek Arena in Katowice, in front of more than 10,000 Polish fans, the Azzurri challenge Poland, which has just won the World Cup twice in a row, both in the final against Brazil.
It is noteworthy that the Azzurri after surpassing France for the gold medal in the last Olympics. At the Katowice pit a year ago, Italy’s Vivi di Giorgi became the European champion. As for the challenge that deserves the world title, Di Giorgi confirms the team that beat Slovenia yesterday with captain Simone Janelli and Yuri Romano in a Qatari confrontation, and the players Alessandro Micheletto, Daniele Lafia, Gianluca Galassi and Simon Anzani in the middle, and Fabio Palasso is the first place holder. Free. The first set goes point by point, then Italy manages to hold until 21-17, then the inexplicable blackout by Azzurri allowed Poland to score 8-1 in part and win the first 25-22. The second set starts up for the Azzurri but the reaction of the hexagon coached by De Giorgi did not take long: Italy finds play and consistency in serving by restoring a -4 defect and equalizing the results of the groups (25-21). The third group is the blue brand making fewer and fewer mistakes and putting two-time world champion Poland in serious difficulty.
The blues dominate in all the basics against the world champions. Italy is in complete control and even Group D sees the dominance of the Blues who are writing a new page in the history of Italian sport. The Azzurri have come to this after winning all the matches they have played so far. The first three matches of the knockout round (all 3-0) against Canada, Turkey and China, then the round of 16 against Cuba 3-1, the quarter-finals against the Olympic champions France 3-2. And the semi-final against Slovenia 3-0. Brazil completes the world podium, defeating Slovenia 3-1 in the final in partial sets 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18. For Federuro, this is the sixth consecutive edition on the podium after victories in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and second place in 2014 and 2018.
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