Modena Volley

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Azimut Modena
Logo ModenaVolley 2017.jpg
Full nameModena Volley Punto Zero SSDRL
Short nameAzimut Modena
(Capacity: 5311)
ChairmanCatia Pedrini
ManagerJulio Velasco
CaptainIvan Zaytsev
LeagueSerie A1
WebsiteClub home page

Modena Volley is a professional volleyball team based in Modena, Italy. It has played in the highest level of the Italian Volleyball League without interruption since 1968. It is the most successful Italian club, having won the national league twelve times and the national cup as well. The club is one of the most prominent and prestigious in Europe too, having won thirteen European trophies including four CEV Champions League. Currently sponsorship deals include Randstad and New Holland Agriculture, but the main sponsor of the club is Azimut. As of Novembre 2017, Modena is ranked 17th in the Men's European clubs ranking.



The club was founded in 1966 by Benito and Giuseppe Panini, owners of Edizioni Panini publishing house, and was named Gruppo Sportivo Panini (or simply G.S. Panini). The club, trained by Franco Anderlini, started from Serie C (the third level of the Italian League) and achieved the Serie A in 1968, taking only two seasons. Since then it has never been relegated to lower divisions.

It took only another season to achieve the first Italian League, in 1969/70: the victory was led by the Czechoslovak superstar Josef Musil. With Anderlini as head coach Modena won three championships, but in 1975/76 he resigned and was replaced by Polish Edward Skorek who acted as player-coach, leading Panini to another national title. By the end of the 1970s Modena clinched four Italian leagues, two Italian cups and its first European trophy, the 1979/80 CEV Cup Winners' Cup, with the Brazilian Bernard Rajzman and the Italian Francesco Dall'Olio as leaders of the team.

In the 1980s Modena had even greater successes: managed by Julio Velasco the team gained four consecutive Italian leagues and many national and international cups. In 1989 Velasco was appointed head of the Italian national team, leaving Modena where he was replaced by Vladimir Jankovic. Even without Velasco, Modena became European champion winning the 1989/90 CEV Champions League.

Daytona Volley logo (1994-2005).

The team entered the 1990s with financial difficulties and its best players (Vullo, Bernardi, Bertoli, Cantagalli, Lucchetta) left Modena moving to better funded clubs. The Panini era was coming to an end and in 1993 the club changed ownership for the first time, being taken over by Giovanni Vandelli, a ceramic industrialist who renamed the club as Daytona Volley. Vandelli signed Daniele Bagnoli as head coach and brought back Bertoli, Cantagalli and Vullo. Modena soon regained its competitiveness and in five seasons it won twelve trophies, including two Italian Leagues and two CEV Champions Leagues. The 1996/97 season could be regarded as one of the most successful in the club's long history, having achieved the Italian League, the Italian Cup and the Champions League in the same year. The line-up of this legendary season was structured by the setter Fabio Vullo, the opposite hitter Juan Cuminetti, the middle-blockers Bas van de Goor and Andrea Giani, the outside hitters Marco Bracci and Luca Cantagalli: one of the best European teams ever.

1996 was also the year of Giuseppe Panini's death, co-founder and for many years the highly respected president of the club. The municipal administration of Modena entitled the local arena, home of the volleyball team, to his memory as Palazzo dello Sport Giuseppe Panini, commonly referred to as PalaPanini by supporters. In 1997/98, trained by Francesco Dall'Olio, Modena won his third consecutive CEV Champions League. After an unsuccessful comeback of Daniele Bagnoli, Vandelli's club won its last Italian league in 2001/02 with Angelo Lorenzetti as coach.

Pallavolo Modena logo (2005-2013).

Vandelli's last trophy was the 2003/04 CEV Cup (now Challenge Cup), then in 2005 he sold the club to a consortium composed of Antonio Barone (a coal industry businessman and former volleyball player, who won two Italian leagues with the Panini team[1]), Catia Pedrini (Barone's wife) and Giuliano Grani (a merchandising businessman). The name was changed to Pallavolo Modena and Barone became the new president.

During 2008 Barone e Pedrini left the club leaving it in the hands of Grani and new partner Pietro Peia (a long-standing manager of the club). In 2012 even Grani took a step back, leaving Peia as the sole owner. Under the Barone-Grani-Peia ownership Modena won only one trophy with the 2007/08 CEV Challenge Cup, despite great investments to sign notable players like Ángel Dennis, Murilo Endres and Matthew Anderson, and many successive famous coaches like Julio Velasco, Andrea Giani, Silvano Prandi, Daniele Bagnoli (at his third experience at Modena) and Angelo Lorenzetti.

Modena Volley logo (2013-2014).

In May 2013 a new consortium composed of Gino Gibertini (dealer of oil products), Antonio Panini (son of Giuseppe Panini), Catia Pedrini, Dino Piacentini (building contractor) and Peter Zehentleitner (CEO of Trenkwalder Italia) acquired the club. Both Gibertini and Piacentini were Panini's players in the seventies. The club's name was changed to Modena Volley Punto Zero with Gibertini as president and Lorenzetti being confirmed as head coach. The coexistence between many partners proved to be difficult and after few months Gibertini, Panini and Zehentleitner left the consortium. Catia Pedrini was then appointed president of the club with Piacentini in the role of vice-president.

For the 2014-15 season the club's name has been modified to Modena Volley with a new logo. On 11 January 2015, the team won its first title in 7 years (the last victory was the CEV Challenge Cup in 2008), by defeating Trentino Volley[2] in the final of Italian Volleyball Cup.

For the 2015-2016 season Modena decides to strengthen the team by adding the Brazilian middle-blocker Lucas Saatkamp, and replacing Uroš Kovačević with his Serbian compatriot Miloš Nikić. Since October 2015, the club sets a major sponsorship deal with DHL. During the season, the club enlarged his honours with the victories of Italian Supercup in October and the Italian Volleyball Cup in February, by defeating Trentino Volley in both matches. Above all, the main success of the season has been the Italian national title after 14 years, by defeating SIR Safety Perugia in the final by 3-0.

For the 2016-2017 season, there are many changes: the main sponsor DHL and coach Angelo Lorenzetti leave the club, moreover the Brazilians "magic duo" Bruno Rezende and Lucas Saatkamp return to their home country. Nevertheless, Modena reinforces the roster by hiring two of the best middle blockers in the world: Maxwell Holt and Kevin Le Roux. The expert Argentinian setter Santiago Orduna takes place of Bruninho and the Serbian spiker Nemanja Petric is promoted as team Captain. Since September 2016, the new main sponsor of the club is the Italian asset management company Azimut Holding.

Former names[edit]

1968–1989 Panini Modena
1989–1991 Philips Modena
1991–1992 Carimonte Modena
1992–1993 Panini Modena
1993–1994 Daytona Modena
1994–1995 Daytona Las Modena
1995–1996 Las Daytona Modena
1996–1997 Las Daytona Modena; Las Valtur Modena[a]
1997–2000 Casa Modena Unibon
2000–2002 Casa Modena Salumi
2002–2003 Kerakoll Modena; Meta Daytona Modena[b]
2003–2004 Kerakoll Modena
2004–2005 Daytona Modena
2005–2008 Cimone Modena
2008–2010 Trenkwalder Modena
2010–2014 Casa Modena
2014–2015 Modena Volley; Parmareggio Modena[c]
2015–2016 DHL Modena
2016–2018 Azimut Modena
2018-current Azimut Leo Shoes Modena
  • a Only at CEV Champions Cup
  • b Only at Italian SuperCup
  • c Since 28 February 2015


Team roster - season 2019/2020
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena
No. Name Date of birth Position
1 United States Matthew Anderson (1987-04-18)April 18, 1987 outside hitter
3 Italy Lorenzo Benvenuti (1994-07-08)July 8, 1994 libero
4 Italy Marco Pierotti (1996-06-19)June 19, 1996 outside hitter
5 Netherlands Luuc Van der Ent (1997-07-27)July 27, 1997 middle blocker
7 Italy Salvatore Rossini (1986-07-13)July 13, 1986 libero
8 Italy Giulio Pinali (1997-04-02)April 2, 1997 outside hitter
9 Italy Ivan Zaytsev (1988-10-02)October 2, 1988 opposite
10 Poland Bartosz Bednorz (1994-07-25)July 25, 1994 outside hitter
11 United States Micah Christenson (1993-05-08)May 8, 1993 setter
12 United States Maxwell Holt (1987-03-12)March 12, 1987 middle blocker
13 Italy Simone Anzani (1992-02-24)February 24, 1992 middle blocker
17 Slovenia Tine Urnaut (1988-09-03)September 3, 1988 outside hitter
18 Italy Daniele Mazzone (1992-06-04)June 4, 1992 middle blocker
90 Germany Denys Kaliberda (1990-06-24)June 24, 1990 outside hitter
25 Netherlands Wessel Keemink (1993-05-29)May 29, 1993 setter
Head coach: Julio Velasco
Assistant: Luca Cantagalli

Notable players[edit]

The stars indicate Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees.

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 4 Italy Franco Bertoli; the number was retired in 1994, then reassigned to Nemanja Petrić in 2014 with the approval of Bertoli himself.
  • 13 Italy Andrea Giani; the number was retired in 2007.


1966-1993 Giuseppe Panini
1993-2005 Giovanni Vandelli
2005-2007 Antonio Barone
2007-2012 Giuliano Grani
2012-2013 Pietro Peia
2013 Gino Gibertini
2013-current Catia Pedrini

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Franco Anderlini Italy 1966–1975
Edward Skorek Poland 1975–1978
Gian Paolo Guidetti Italy 1978–1983
Andrea Nannini Italy 1983–1985
Julio Velasco Argentina 1985–1989
Vladimir Janković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989–1990
Massimo Barbolini Italy 1990–1992
Bernardo Rezende Brazil 1992–1993
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 1993–1997[a]
Franco Bertoli Italy 1996–1997[a]
Francesco Dall'Olio Italy 1997–1998
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 1998–2000[b]
Franco Bertoli Italy 2000[b]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2000–2001
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2001–2004[c]
Maurizio Menarini Italy 2004[c]
Julio Velasco Argentina 2004–2006
Bruno Bagnoli Italy 2006–2007
Andrea Giani Italy 2007–2008[d]
Emanuele Zanini Italy 2008–2009[d]
Silvano Prandi Italy 2009–2011[e]
Daniele Bagnoli Italy 2011–2012[e]
Angelo Lorenzetti Italy 2012–2016
Roberto Piazza Italy 2016–2017[f]
Lorenzo Tubertini Italy 2017[f]
Radostin Stoychev Bulgaria 2017–2018
Julio Velasco Argentina 2018–present
  • a In November 1996 Daniele Bagnoli suffered serious injuries from a car accident and was replaced by Bertoli until his recovery.
  • b In February 2000 Bruno Bagnoli was sacked and replaced by Bertoli.
  • c In January 2004 Lorenzetti was dismissed and replaced by the assistant coach Menarini.
  • d In December 2008 Giani was sacked and replaced by Zanini.
  • e In January 2011 Prandi was dismissed and replaced by Daniele Bagnoli.
  • f In February 2017 Piazza and the club agreed to terminate the contract. He was replaced by the assistant coach Tubertini.

Kit manufacturer[edit]

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Modena team.

Period Kit provider
1985–1989 Best Company
1989–2003 Asics
2003–2005 A-Line
2005–2017 Macron
2017–current Erreà


Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Azimut Holding other sponsors: Randstad Holding and 38 different companies.


  1. ^ "Legavolley: atleta Antonio Barone" (in Italian). Lega Pallavolo Serie A. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ Itas Diatec Trentino - Modena Volley 1-3 (19:25, 19:25, 25:23, 12:25)