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Matteo Freschi is the new coach of AO Thiras



The AO Thiras women’s volleyball team announced on Saturday the start of its collaboration with Italian coach Matteo Freschi, announcing that the two teams will travel together for the 2023/24 season.

After his stint with AO Thiras in the 2020-21 season, Matteo Freski returns to Greece for his second term, with the Santorini-based women’s volleyball team announcing an agreement with him to take the helm in the new season.

The announcement in detail:

“The management of AO Thiras is pleased to announce the start of the collaboration with the 33-year-old Italian Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia coach Matteo Freschi, who takes over as coach for the 2023-2024 season of the women’s volleyball league.

Born on 03/04/1990 in Mondolfo, Pesaro, Freschi started as a sportsman and then at a young age obtained the FIPAV (Italian Volleyball Federation) coaching diploma, specializing in the development categories. He is a very diligent, ambitious coach with important work and valuable performances in the most important events of world volleyball, valuable guarantees for our team’s return on the path to awards.

He made his bench debut in 2012 with his hometown club Volleyball Mondolfo. This was followed by posts at Chateaux d’ex Urbino, Volley Pesaro and EsinoVolley, while in 2017 he worked on behalf of Virtus Fano in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. In 2018/2019 he returned to the bench at Volley Pesaro and the following season he moved to Montecchio, where he took on the duties of second coach of the Unione Volley Montecchio Maggiore team in Serie A2 Italy.

In 2020 he got his first international experience in Greece, where he was second coach at AO. Game. In a difficult year, when the championship was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian coach emerged with our side as Greek Cup finalists.

In 2021, following the call of coach Matteo Bertini, he returned to Italy to work alongside compatriot Delta Despar Trentino Rosa in the women’s series. Their successful partnership lasted until last season in Italy’s top women’s volleyball league with the colors of Bartocini-Fortinfissi Perugia.

In addition to the collective level, Freschi has experience and the level of national teams. From 2022 to date she is a member of the technical staff of the women’s representation of Bulgaria, led by the Italian national coach Lorenzo Micelli. Alongside coaching finalist Olympiakos, Freschi competed as a statistician in the 2022 VolleyNations League and World Championship, finishing 14th and 17th respectively.

In his first words as AO Thiras’ new ‘helmsman’, the Italian coach said: “I am very happy to return to Santorini where I have great memories, both of the team and of all the people of the island. My goal for the new season is to create a team where most people are more.” The most important word will be “work”.

The working environment is very good to achieve this and already everyone at AO We always try to do our best. “The Greek league is definitely more difficult and competitive every year, which is an extra motivation to compete every day,” said Matteo Freschi, who is looking forward to coming to Santorini soon to officially take up his new duties.

The leadership of our club welcomes Matteo back to the AO family. Thiras and wishes him a new racing season full of health, success and awards.”

The career of coach Matteo Freschi in detail

  • 2022/2023 A1 Bartocini Fortinfissi Perugia
  • 2022/2023 Bulgaria Women’s National Team
  • 2021/2022 A1 Trentino Pink
  • 2020/2021 A1 AO Thera
  • 2019/2020 A2 Union Volleyball Montecchio Maggiore
  • 2018/2019 D Volley Pesaro
  • 2017/2018 B Virtus Fano
  • 2016/2017 A2 Volleyball Pesaro
  • 2015/2016 D Esino Volley
  • 2014/2015 B1 Volleyball Pesaro
  • 2013/2014 A1 Chateaux d’ex Urbino
  • 2012/2013 Volleyball Mondolfo

Source: sport 24

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Castellani follows Giuliani on the Olympiacos bench




Olympiacos announced the start of their collaboration with Daniel Castellano, who will replace Alberto Giuliani on the Red-Whites bench.

A few days after Alberto Giuliani left the men’s volleyball team from Olympiacos Piraeus, the Red and Whites announced his successor, Daniel Castellani, on Friday (2 June).

The relevant announcement from Olympiakos:

OLYMPIAN SFP announces the start of its collaboration with Daniel Castellani. The Argentine coach (born March 21, 1961) takes over the technical management of the club’s men’s volleyball team.

Considered one of the greatest volleyball players in the world, Thrylos’ new coach has had a long career at both national and collective levels. With 19 titles and many medals, he is ranked 58th in the world rankings of coaches.

Daniel Castellani is the national coach of the Argentina women’s national team, while he also worked for the men’s team in the past (1994-99). On a national level, the 62-year-old coach was also in Poland, with whom he won the gold medal at the 2009 European Championships, and in Finland.

In his first “term” at Fenerbahce, Daniel Castellani won three Polish championships with Skra, two more in Argentina with Bolivar and one in Turkey. He also won the Challenge Cup with the Turkish team in 2013/14.

Daniel Castellani’s statement on “Hello everyone, I am very happy to join the Olympiacos family, a huge club. Olympiacos have great fans, it’s an honor and a big challenge for me! When the club contacted me and I saw his ambitions, the highly competitive team he has built and his history, I knew straight away that he was a huge motivator for me. That’s why I said: I want to be there! We will work hard to stay competitive and fight for more trophies. We’ll be together shortly.


  • 1 European Championship (2009, Polish men’s national team)
  • 1 Pan American Championship (1995, Argentina men’s national team)
  • 1 Hubert Wagner Monument (2009, Polish men’s national team)
  • 1 Brazilian Championship (2018-19)
  • 1 Challenge Cup (2013-14)
  • 3rd Polish Championship (2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09)
  • 1st Turkish Championship (2011-12)
  • 3 Polish Cups (2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13)
  • 1st Turkish Cup (2011-12)
  • 2 Argentine Championships (2002–03, 2003–04)
  • 2 Paulista Championship (2017–18, 2018–19)
  • 1 Belgian Super Cup (2016–17)
  • 1. Turkish Super Cup (2011-12)

Previous teams:

  • 1994-99 Argentina Men’s National Team
  • 2001-02 Telephonica Volley GioiaItaly (Italy)
  • 2002–06 Bolivar Volley (Argentina)
  • 2006-09 PGE Skra Bełchatów (Poland)
  • 2009–10 Poland men’s national team
  • Finland men’s national team 2012
  • 2011-12 Fenerbahce (Türkiye)
  • 2012-13 ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (Poland)
  • 2013-15 Fenerbahce (Türkiye)
  • 2015-16 Sir Safety Conad Perugia (Italy)
  • 2016-17 Noliko Maaseik (Belgium)
  • 2017-18 EMS Taubaté Funvic (Brazil)
  • 2019-21 Indykpol AZS Olsztyn (Poland)
  • 2021-23 Fenerbahce (Türkiye)
  • 2023 – Argentina Women’s National Team

Source: sport 24

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PAOK men’s volleyball: Significant reinforcement with Van Garderen




PAOK has reached an agreement with international Dutch winger Maarten van Garderen, who has been playing in the top European leagues for several years.

The PAOK men’s volleyball team has found Maarten van Garderen, the player who will form the main winger duo with Rousseau.

The Netherlands international arrives in our country with a full CV, having played in Europe’s top leagues for the past 12 years.

Last year, the 33-year-old (2m tall) played in Siena and scored 203 points with a shot rate of 41.8%. He’s an absolute tight end and a little behind on the receiving end (not that he’s unreliable).

After this move, PAOK completed the foreign winger duo and now the burden is on the foreign passer.

Announcement by PAOK: “PAOK and the Men’s Volleyball Division announce the start of a collaboration with athlete Maarten Van Harderen for the 2023-2024 season.

Maarten Van Harderen was born on January 24th, 1990 in the Netherlands. He plays as a winger and is 200 cm tall.

He started his professional career in the 2006/07 season with Dutch club Langhenkel Doetinchem, where he stayed for five seasons, won a Dutch championship and made his first European appearances when he took part in the CEV Challenge Cup.

In the 2012-13 season he played for Caffè Aiello Corigliano in Italy, in the following season (2013-14) in France at Beauvais Oise UC.

In the 2014-15 season, he took the first big step of his career, playing in Germany for the mighty VfB Friedrichshafen, with whom he won the “Double” while also reaching the “8” of the CEV Champions League.

He played in Italy again in the 2015–16 season, this time for CMC Romagna, while the following year (2016–17) he stayed in Serie A to play for Bunge Ravenna.

In the 2017/18 season he played for Azimut Modena from Italy and in the following season (2018/19) for Itas Trentino, with whom he won the Club World Cup.

In the 2020/21 season, he played outside of Italy for Turkey’s Ziraat Bankası Ankara, with whom he won the championship.

The following year (2021-22) he returned to Italy for Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena, with which he reached the “8” of the CEV Cup. Last season he stayed in the Italian league for Emma Villas Aubay Siena and remained at a high level.

He is an international player of the Netherlands national team whose milestone was conquering the European Golden League in 2012.

He is an athlete with many performances at the highest level, who has played in top-class leagues as well as in the highest cross-club competition, the CEV Champions League.”

Source: sport 24

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Men’s Olympic Volleyball: Giuliani’s “farewell” to the red-whites




With his post on social media, curated by Alberto Giuliani, he said goodbye to Olympiakos and thanked him for his collaboration.

Alberto Giuliani said goodbye to Olympiacos. The Italy coach is set to continue his career in Bulgaria and said goodbye to the red-white squad via social media.

“It’s been a special year for me, not only because of the great results we’ve achieved together, but mostly because I’ve had the opportunity to meet wonderful and very special people.” I thank the whole Olympiakos club, the staff, the fans and all the players. Good bye” he wrote characteristically.

Source: sport 24

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