This certainly is one of the most interesting stories we have ever covered in VolleyMob. Andrea Masini, 47 years old, recently resigned from his head coach position in Italy’s A1 club Fonteviva Massa, citing that he had lost the trust of his players and that there was no chemistry between them anymore. Fast forward a few weeks, Dmytro Dolgopolov, the team’s starting setter, gets infected with Hepatitis A and has to leave the courts with no timetable to return.
How does Massa solve this problem? It invites Masini to give the team a much needed help in this time or dire urgency. Masini is a former setter who retired from volleyball in 2012, so it’s safe to say that even at 47 years old, he still has some some setting chops left. But was it enough to play in the highly contested Italian A2 league? The team found out it was, as it has actually improved with Masini leading the squad’s offense.
As a consequence of his return to the hardwood, this past Sunday Masini broke Pierpaolo Martino’s record of being the oldest player to act on Italy’s A League, at 47 years and 15 days of age. Here is what he had to say of it:
“I can assure you that this record is not being pursued by anyone. It happened by chance. I had chosen my way and it was that of being a coach. If I had wanted to go hunting this record, I would not have stopped playing. I have a beautiful relationship with this team, I am attached to these colors and I could not help it. Because of this special bond, it was only natural for me to present myself when it asked for help.
It is an unique thing, in fact, but not from a human relationship point of view. I repeat: I said yes to the team’s request almost unconsciously, with the aim of helping Massa, and without thinking about everything else. It was a risky choice from a physical point of view, because I have retired so long ago, and also from the point of view of performance. For now everything has gone ok.”
Fonteviva is pretty close to being relegated from A2 this season after its many unlucky mishaps, but withs latest couple of wins with its former head coach now leading the players from inside the court, it may just have a last minute chance to escape it.
#Repost @legavolley ・・・ #A2MVolley Acqua Fonteviva Massa, il tecnico Andrea Masini presenta la nuova stagione: "È difficile e forse non sarebbe neppure serio parlare adesso di obbiettivi. Ripeto pensiamo di essere competitivi ma, alla vigilia di una stagione come questa, in cui da neopromossa torniamo ad affacciarci alla Serie A2 UnipolSai, non mi sembra serio. Nello sport, e nel nostro sport in particolare, sono mille le variabili che possono incidere sulle prestazioni di una squadra. Tanto per farti un esempio, abbiamo un bel gruppo di giovani ed abbiamo un nuovo opposto, anche lui giovane, brasiliano ed alla prima esperienza fuori al suo paese. Sappiamo che Lucas ha qualità tecniche importanti, che è un ragazzo quadrato, molto intelligente e disponibile al lavoro. L’unica cosa che non sappiamo è come si ambienterà nel nostro paese e nel nostro volley e questa è solo una delle mille incognite di cui ti dicevo”. #volley #pallavolo #pallavolomaschile #acquafontevivamassa #acquafonteviva #pallavolomassa #coach #legavolley #a2unipolsai #seriea