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ItalyItaly, ITA
Water polo


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 January 1988
198 cm
91 kg
Partner Ilaria, son Andrea, daughter Bianca
Recco, ITA
Athlete, Coach
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried water polo in Recco, Italy at age six.
Why this sport?
"In Recco, more or less all the kids try water polo at least once, and I liked it immediately. I also tried football and basketball but running was not for me."
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Ratko Rudic [club], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General Interest

Watching basketball and football, music, movies. (, 04 Jun 2015;, 01 Sep 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first Serie A1 in Italy with Pro Recco, and winning a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (, 04 Jun 2015)
He sustained a fractured nose during a match in the Italian national league in November 2017. He underwent surgery and returned to competition in January 2018. (, 06 Dec 2017;, 12 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee. (, 17 Apr 2012)
Famous relatives
His grandfather Mario played water polo for Pro Recco in Italy. (, 16 Feb 2016)
Other information
His grandmother Andreina is a big fan of him and his club Pro Recco. "Every Saturday she is always there for the games. Whether they are at home or away, she is always at the pool. She is there even if I am not playing. Other fans follow us whenever they can but no one is like her." (, 04 Jun 2015)

In addition to being a professional player, he also teaches technique and skills for boys and girls. He has held clinics in Italy and the United States of America. (, 13 Jul 2018;, 08 Mar 2017)