Volleyball GOAT | Ivan Zaytsev | Greatest of All Time !!!

Volleyball GOAT | Ivan Zaytsev | Greatest of All Time !!! 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…

Volleyball GOAT | Ivan Zaytsev | Greatest of All Time !!!

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Volleyball GOAT | Ivan Zaytsev | Greatest of All Time !!! 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.

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Career
Clubs
He started his career as a setter in 2004, but later moved to the outside hitter role. He played in Serie A1 at 16 year. His first club was RPA-LuigiBacchi.it Perugia, where he played for two seasons. After this, he moved to M. Roma Volley. In the season 2007/2008, he played for Andreoli Latina. Then he came back to M. Roma Volley and played there until 2012. In 2012, Zaytsev signed with Lube Banca Macerata. With this team, he won the Italian SuperCup in 2012 and the Italian Championship 2013/2014.[1][2] On May 9, 2014 his departure from Lube was announced.[3] Then for two seasons, he was a player of Russian club VC Dynamo Moscow. he moved to of Al-Arabi SC in Qatar and won the Cup of Emir. 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.

National team
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.

2015/2016 Simple gold cup.svg Emir of Qatar Cup, with Al Arabi
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
2011 Silver medal with cup.svg CEV European Championship
2012 Bronze medal with cup.svg Olympic Games
2013 Bronze medal with cup.svg FIVB World League
2013 Silver medal with cup.svg CEV European Championship
2014 Bronze medal with cup.svg FIVB World League
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
Individually
2013 CEV European Championship – Best Server
2013 Best Italian Volleyball Player by Super Volley
2015 FIVB World Cup – Best Opposite Spiker
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 360 cm (142 in)
Block 342 cm (135 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
Current team Italy
Career
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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