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Athletes

Deni
Fiorentini
ItalyItaly, ITA
Male
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 June 1984
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Ingrid, daughter Nicol
Residence
Lugano, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist, Student
Languages
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport?
He followed his father and brother into the sport.
Club / Team
Lugano Pallanuoto: Switzerland
Name of coach
Gianfranco Salvati [club], ITA

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (ticinowelcome.ch, 15 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (sicilia.coni.it, 17 Apr 2012)
Famous relatives
His older brother Goran competed in water polo for Italy at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and his father Branko Jovanovic played the sport for Yugoslavia at international level. (sportivanervi.it, 16 Nov 2011; ilgiornale.it, 31 Jul 2011)
Other information
LEADER
He served as captain of Swiss club side Lugano Sharks during the 2017/18 season. (ticinonews.ch, 06 Jul 2018)

FROM CROATIA TO ITALY
He was born in Split, Croatia, but moved to Lugano, Switzerland, at age two because his father was coaching water polo there. He was still a child when he moved to Italy, the birth place of his mother. He was invited to play for the Croatian national team in 2005 but rejected the offer in favour of competing for Italy. (gazzetta.it, 29 Aug 2010)