The Italian Almanac

another gold medal for the blue team

Italian Sport - September 13

Italy has been crowned volleyball queen of Europe. The fairy tale continues. A five-set victory over Russia by Montaliís heroes sent fans in Rome into ecstasy. The tenacious new champions of Europe won the title for the sixth time in eight finals.

This was one of the most incredible gold medals in the history of Italian volleyball as the Azzurri wrested the title from the powerful Russians on a tie break. Blocks by Gigi Mastrangelo and three crucial errors by the Russians gave Italy heart to make the decisive effort (8-4), mounting what looked like an impossible comeback to the delight of a delirious Palalottomatica crowd.