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Ivan Zaytsev (Russian: Иван Вячеславович Зайцев, born 2 October 1988) 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.

He debuted with the Italy men's national volleyball team 2008. In the European Championship 2013 Zaytsev was named as the "Best Server".[4] Zaytsev was the main scorer and team leader during World League 2014 and Italy achieved bronze medal. In the World League, he and his teammates won two consecutive bronze in the 2013 and 2014 editions, the latter played in Italy in Florence. 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.

Personal information
Full name Ivan Vyacheslavovich Zaytsev
Nationality Italian
Born October 2, 1988 (age 32)
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
National team
2008– Italy

Bartosz Kamil Kurek (born 29 August 1988) is a Polish volleyball player, member of the Poland men's national volleyball team, participant of the Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016), 2018 World Champion, 2009 European Champion, gold medallist of the 2012 World League, three–time Polish Champion (2009, 2010, 2011), Italian Champion (2014). In 2019, he became the first ever volleyball player to be voted the Polish Sports Personality of the Year.

Kurek was a part of the Polish national volleyball team which won a gold medal at the 2009 European Championship held in Turkey. On 14 September 2009, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta.[9] The Order was conferred on the following day by the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk.

On 10 July 2011, Kurek, alongside his national team, won the Poland's first medal of the World League. They won a bronze medal after defeating Argentina. Kurek received an individual award for the Best Scorer of the final tournament. In the same year, Poland took part in the European Championship, where they were the defending champions. Kurek was his team's key player throughout the whole tournament in which the Polish national team won a second medal in 2011 after winning the match for third place against Russia. At the same tournament, Kurek was awarded with his second individual award in 2011, for the Best Server of the tournament.[10] In November 2011, despite a back injury, Kurek went to Japan to participate at the World Cup, and helped his team win a silver medal and therefore qualify for the Olympic Games.

Personal information
Full name Bartosz Kamil Kurek
Nickname Kuraś
Nationality Poland Polish
Born 29 August 1988 (age 32)
Wałbrzych, Poland
Height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Spike 370 cm (146 in)
Block 340 cm (134 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter / Opposite
Current club Japan Wolf Dogs Nagoya
Number 3
Years Teams
2020– Poland Stal Nysa
Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
Russia Dynamo Moscow
Italy Volley Lube
Poland Asseco Resovia
Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
Turkey Ziraat Bankası Ankara
Poland ONICO Warszawa
Italy Vero Volley Monza
Japan Wolf Dogs Nagoya
National team
2007– Poland
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