It won't have taken too long.

A week after the surprise resignation of the Brazilian Bernardinho for personal reasons, after barely seven months in office, the French volleyball team has its new coach.

The Italian Andrea Giani officially signed up this Tuesday until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where the Blues of Ngapeth, Toniutti and Grebennikov will try to keep the gold won last summer in Tokyo under the leadership of Laurent Tillie.

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Giani (51) had however extended his contract with the German selection at the end of January, with which he has been engaged since 2017. “It is a real satisfaction for me to be the new coach of this world-class team, Olympic champion in title, which has the potential to win all the competitions in which it participates, “said the new coach, whose first meeting is scheduled for May for the League of Nations scheduled for June and July.

First objective: the World Cup

This VNL (Volleyball Nations League) is to serve as full-scale preparation for the world championships (August 26-September 11), which are seeking one or more host countries after being withdrawn from Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. .

The World Cup is the only competition that has not yet succeeded in the brilliant generation of European champions in 2015 and Olympic champions in 2021.

Former central, Andrea Giani was part of the great Italian team of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, winning a multitude of international medals: silver at the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2004, the European title in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2003, and the world title in 1990, 1994 and 1998. We can add to this list seven coronations in the World League between 1991 and 2000, and two Champions Leagues, in club with Modena.

“One of the very best coaches” in the world

But the Italian also shone in the coaching suit.

Slovenia coach, he carried the young nation to the Euro final in 2015, lost against … France, then replaced Germany in the Euro final in 2017, despite the defeat against Russia .

"After having been one of the best players in the world, today he is one of the very best coaches", estimated the president of the French Federation Éric Tanguy, specifying that he had been interested in Giani at the spring 2021 to succeed Laurent Tillie.

At club level, Giani currently manages Modena, where French volleyball star Earvin Ngapeth has been playing since this season.


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