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ITALY are World Champions

The Italian men are the World Champions of 2019 after an emphatic victory against Spain 10- 5.

ITALY CHAMPIONS 2019

The Italian men are the World Champions of 2019 after an emphatic victory against Spain 10- 5.

It's been eight years since the 7Bello stood ontop of the World when they beat Serbia in over time, Shanghai 2011.


Interestingly only two players remain from that winning team in 2011 in Aicardi and Figlioli as well as coach 'Super Sandro'.

25 years ago the Italian team under the captaincy of Alessandro Campagna, who now coaches the team, beat Spain 10-5 in WC final.


FIGLIOLI LEADS FROM THE FRONT


Pietro Figlioli (final MVP) and his 'Italian Stallions' were on fire tonight in Gwangju and never looked like losing the match.

It was a clinical display and a fitting end to what has been a wonderful spectical of water polo under the new rules.


A player that has done almost everything in the game of water polo, the Italian captain Pietro Figlioli will certainly led from the front, in tonight's World Champs final, against Spain. Someone who doesn't lack confidence and will never give up in a fight, Figlioli used his wealth of experience to direct the troops in the water. The special relationship under mentor / coach Alessandro Campagna, seems to have tamed the player that once used to play the game at 100 miles per hour.



2011 was the last time the Italian's won the World Championship, beating Serbia in a thriller 8-7, in a game that went into over time. Figlioli was part of that '11 historic World Champs team, then going on to win silver at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Congratulations Italy you are the CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD 2019.

By Simon Daley academywaterpolo

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