Ladies and gentlemen, here we are with the key players of the World Championship: THE TEAMS!
From now on we will discover each of the eight participant top powerchair hockey teams through the words of their Team Managers, athletes and staff.
First of all we want to present the hosting Nation, Italy. With hundreds of supporters will they make troubles to their opponents? Only the field will be able to judge! For the moment we can only discover the history…
“The Italian National Team, or, as Italians use to say, “the Azzurri” team, was officially born in 2002 (in the previous years there was the participations to some International events, such as: ”IWAS WORLD GAMES” hosted in Utrecht – the Nederland – in 1998 where was reached the 5th position, “Four Nation Tournament” in Spanbroek – the Nederland – in 2002, where the National Team reached the 2nd position), together with the newborn Italian Federation, for which it represents a pride.
Since the beginning, the National team has participated to several International competition, official and unofficial, achieving same important placements. In 2005 and 2008 European Championship finished as 3rd, both times behind the Nederland and Germany, placement obtained also in 2004 World Champioship. In 2010 World Championship was gained the 4th position, and in 2012 Eurpean Championship the 5th. It is also worth mentioning the 1st place reached in the 4 Nations Tournament, hosted in Switzerland in 2011,
After the 7th place obtained in the 2014 World Championship, a completely new staff was choosen to lead the National team in the firsts positions of the world ranking again. Team starts quickly to work hard as never before, increasing training in technical and tactical skills, reaching the 2nd place in the 6 Nations Tournament FIWH-UILDM in February 2016, and the same placement in the 5 Stars Tournament in November 2017, both times behind Finland National team. In 2016 European Championship it needs to be mentioned the best position ever achived by the Italian National team, placing 2nd behind the Nederland.
This will be the 3rd official competition organized by the Italian Federation (after the 2005 European Championship in Rome and the 2010 World Championship in Lignano Sabbiadoro), and the team has worked harder and harder to be ready for facing the strongest National teams from all over the world. Surely, playing at home will give more support from the stands where is waited a big number of fans and spectators. National team is ready and excited to participate to the 2018 World Championship and it will give hard times to everybody!”
From all of us good luck to team Italy:
play this game #asneverbefore!