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16/01/2013 15:00
Barbolini appointed head coach of Turkey's women for next Olympic cycle
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Ankara, Turkey, January 16, 2013. Italy-born Massimo Barbolini will be the mentor of Turkey women’s national team for the next Olympic quadrennial. This was announced on Wednesday after that decision was finalized by the Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF) Board of Administration chaired by President Özkan Mutlugil.
Barbolini will mentor the senior national team – a group that has sky-rocketed to the world’s elite by claiming a couple of bronze medals (2011 European Championship and 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix) and celebrated its Olympic debut this past summer in London. Additionally, he will be responsible for supervising the work and development of the junior and youth national teams.
Barbolini – who is currently at the helm of Galatasaray Daikin ISTANBUL – had previously been the mentor of Italy women’s national team for six years, a time span where his players did claim two editions of the FIVB World Cup (2007 and 2011) and two gold medals at the CEV European Championship (2007 and 2009).  
Born in 1964, Barbolini started out his coaching career in the late ‘80s working first for Panini Modena – the glorious club from his hometown – before moving to Sicily and coach there the team from the city of Agrigento. Starting from 1993 he was the head coach of Latte Rugiada Matera, a side that swept all major national and international competitions, including the Champions Cup and European Supercup. Afterwards he moved to Sirio Perugia, another glory of Italian Volleyball, where he spent some 10 years winning the national league three times (2003, 2005, and 2007), four editions of the national cup (1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007), the CEV Volleyball Champions League in 2006 plus two editions of the CEV Cup and one Cup Winners’ Cup.

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