Men’s World Cup Volleyball
The Men’s World Cup Volleyball Argentine setter will lead the team’s youthful core during a crucial week, which you can watch live on Volleyball TV.
The SuperLega Credem Banca is largely regarded as the greatest men’s domestic league in the world, attracting many of the world’s top volleyball players. These players have a significant effect on the result of the Italian League, and this week, Argentinean setter Luciano De Cecco of Cucine Lube Civitanova will guide his youthful colleagues in critical matches in the Italian Super Cup and Italian League at the Men’s World Cup Volleyball.
The 34-year-old Argentinean possesses a smart, but creative playing style that makes the teams he plays for among the most dynamic and engaging to watch during the previous two decades.
De Cecco began his career at Gimnasia Y Esgrima and helped Argentina overcome a tough era after the international retirement of the players that helped the country earn historic bronze medals at the 1982 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Volleyball Championship and the 1988 Olympics.
He initially joined the senior national team in 2006, and he was to coach a squad that would return Argentina to the Olympic podium 33 years after its last win at this level. The Argentines recognized his importance to the team and formed their squad entirely around him.
The pinnacle of his international career came at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, when, in addition to captaining Argentina to the podium, he was awarded Best Setter for the third time in his career, following selections at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Volleyball and the FIVB Volleyball World League earlier in his career.
De Cecco said that Tokyo would be his last tour with the national team, but the long-awaited gold provided him with additional motivation for a few more years. He helped Argentina finish ninth at the 2022 Men’s World Cup Volleyball Championship, becoming one of just five players to compete in five tournaments, and now intends to continue until the Paris 2024 Games.
“I’m quite realistic; I realize it won’t continue forever and that I’m far closer to the finish than the beginning,” he told the Argentinean website Ole after this year’s Men’s World Cup Volleyball Championship. “However, I am well aware that I have given my all to the national team throughout the years.” I’ve always claimed that when I initially put on the Argentine shirt, I wanted to go in peace. And I’ve been feeling this way since Tokyo. Of course, I’d want to conclude my international career with a bang in Paris, but I’m content with what I’ve accomplished.”
De Cecco’s club career, on the other hand, should last for some time. After playing in his own country and Russia, he’s been in the Italian League for almost a decade and feels at home there.
The Argentine has played for two of the country’s top teams, Piacenza and Perugia, before joining his current club, Cucine Lube Civitanova, in 2020. De Cecco has won four Italian Cups, three SuperLegas, two Italian Super Cups, and medals in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship (one silver) and the CEV Champions League in his 11 years in the nation (one silver, two bronze).
He was vital in the team’s SuperLega triumph last season and is anticipated to play an even bigger role in 2022-2023, since several of the team’s more experienced players, such outside hitters Osmany Juantorena and Ricardo Lucarelli and middle blocker Robertlandy Simon, have already gone.
De Cecco was named team captain before of the season’s start and has completely embraced the challenge of guiding Lube’s youthful core of Barthélémy Chenenyeze, Marlon Yant, Gabriel Garcia, Mattia Bottolo, and Aleksandar Nikolov, playing the same vital role in the club’s roster shift as he did with Argentina.
“The team has been reinvigorated, but the club’s ethos has not changed,” he said. “And the most experienced players must act and ensure that this is reflected on the court at the Men’s World Cup Volleyball.”
Lube had a roller coaster start to the season, winning three of their first six games to finish fourth in the SuperLega rankings. This week will be crucial for the team, as it will begin with an Italian SuperCup semifinal encounter against Valsa Group Modena on Monday at 17.30 local time (15.30 GMT) and conclude with a SuperLega meeting against WithU Verona on Sunday at 18.00 local time (16.00 GMT).
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