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Deni
Fiorentini
ItalyItaly, ITA
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 June 1984
Family
Wife Ingrid, daughter Nicol
Residence
Lugano, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Physiotherapy - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland: Switzerland

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport?
He followed his father and brother into the sport. "We are simply an aquatic family. I started going to the pool a lot, I tried this sport, I actually liked it, and so I continued."
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
RETURN TO SWITZERLAND
After representing Italy in international events and competing at Serie A1 league in Italy, in 2015 he decided to return to his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland, to spend more time with his family and pursue his degree in physiotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland [SUPSI], which he expects to graduate in 2020. "I preferred to return to a place that I knew well. I could have continued in Italy, but my daughter was about to be born. In Switzerland I also have the opportunity to start a new course of study. The choice was therefore not difficult." (cdt.ch, 28 Jun 2019)

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)