After the friendly victories in Cavalese against Serbia and Turkey, the season of the National Volleyball team led by Ferdinando De Giorgi officially begins, with the 14 Italian players selected by the coach who will face Germany tomorrow, 22 May, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (10.30pm kick-off, Italian time). In this week 1 the Azzurri will then face Iran (Thursday 24 May at 10.30pm), Japan (Friday 25 May at 7pm) and then against the hosts Brazil, in the match that will start at 3pm on Saturday 26 May.

At the end of Week 1, we plan to move directly to Canada to face Week 2 scheduled in Ottawa. Important clashes await the Italian national team, given that there are useful points up for grabs to win one of the passes not yet assigned to Paris 2024.

Below is the list of the 14 players called up for the match. The specified teams refer to the 2023/24 football season.

Setters: Simone Giannelli (Sir Susa Vim Perugia), Riccardo Sbertoli (Itas Trentino).
Central players: Roberto Russo (Sir Susa Vim Perugia), Gianluca Galassi (Mint Vero Volley Monza), Giovanni Sanguinetti (Valsa Group Modena), Simone Anzani (Cucine Lube Civitanova).
Spikers: Luca Porro (Volleyball Padova), Daniele Lavia (Itas Trentino), Alessandro Michieletto (Itas Trentino), Francesco Recine (Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza).
Opposites: Alessandro Bovolenta (Consar Ravenna), Yuri Romanò (Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza).
Free: Fabio Balaso (Cucine Lube Civitanova), Gabriele Laurenzano (Itas Trentino).

Week 1 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Pool 2

Wednesday 22 May, 10.30pm
Germany – Italy

Friday 24 May, 10.30pm
Iran – Italy

Saturday 25 May, 7.00 pm
Japan – Italy

Sunday 26 May, 3.00 pm
Brazil – Italy

The 2024 men’s Volleyball Nations League on TV and streaming

The Azzurri’s matches in VNL will be visible live on DAZN and on the paid streaming platform VBTV which will broadcast all the matches of the tournament.
Link to access VBTV