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Don't Mess With Ivan Zaytsev - HERE'S WHY !!! Ivan Vyacheslavovich Zaytsev (Italian: [ˈiːvan ˈdzaittsef, -ev]; Russian: Иван Вячеславович Зайцев, IPA: [ɪˈvan ˈzajtsɨf]; born 2 October 1988), nicknamed lo Zar ("the Tsar"), is an Italian volleyball player of Russian origin, the captain of Italy men's national volleyball team, a bronze medalist of the Olympic Games London 2012, silver medalist of the European Championship (2011, 2013), bronze medalist of the World League (2013, 2014), Italian Champion (2014) and silver medalist of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Zaytsev came back to Serie A1 and joined Sir Safety Conad Perugia, the overall dominating Team of the 2017/2018 season in Italy. Despite failing to reach Champions League final, after losing to Zenit Kazan again, the team managed to take the bronze medal. Zaytsev moves the following season to Modena Volley as Perugia announced that Wilfredo Leon would join the team, taking his spot. Zaytsev has also expressed the desire to play in his favorite role as opposite spiker again.

He was appointed to the 2014 World Championship held in Poland. He was the leader of his team in the first round, but in the match against the United States injured his ankle, so despite the promotion of his team to second round, he did not play. In 2015 Zaytsev and Italian team achieved silver medal of the 2015 European Championship and Zaytsev was named Best Opposite Spiker. In 2016 he achieved a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

2016/2017 Simple gold cup.svg Italian SuperCup, with Sir Safety Perugia
2017/2018 Simple gold cup.svg Italian Cup, with Sir Safety Perugia
2017/2018 Gold medal with cup.svg Italian Championship, with Sir Safety Perugia
National team
2015 Silver medal with cup.svg FIVB World Cup
2015 Bronze medal with cup.svg CEV European Championship
2016 Silver medal with cup.svg Olympic Games
2015 CEV European Championship – Best Opposite Spiker
2016 Emir of Qatar Cup – Most Valuable Player
2017 CEV Champions League – Best Outside Spiker

Personal information
Full name Ivan Vyacheslavovich Zaytsev
Nickname lo Zar ("the Tsar")
Nationality Italian
Born October 2, 1988 (age 33)
Spoleto, Italy
Height 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Spike 370 cm (146 in)
Block 355 cm (140 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
Current team Italy
Years Teams
2004–2006 Italy Umbria Perugia
2006–2007 Italy M. Roma Volley
2007–2008 Italy Andreoli Latina
2008–2012 Italy M. Roma Volley
2012–2014 Italy Lube Banca Macerata
2014–2016 Russia Dinamo Moscow
2016 Qatar Al Arabi
2016–2018 ItalySir Safety Perugia
2018–2020 Italy Modena Volley
2020–2021 Russia Kuzbass Kemerovo
2021– Italy Volley Lube
National team
2008– Italy

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