Francesca Piccinini Italy's Famous Volleyball Player Retires This Year

Francesca Piccinini's 25 year professional playing career comes to an end in 2019. 

At the age of 41, Francesca Piccinini, the iconic Italian pro volleyball player brings her remarkable playing career to a close.

After an award winning career spanning 25 years, 'la Piccinini' known as "Picci" to her close friends is one of Italy’s most celebrated athletes.

Often regarded as the best female athlete in the history of Italian volleyball, Francesca's fame and reputation goes well beyond her country's borders.  

She is highly sought after and well-known internationally.

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Although, Francesca represented Italy at four Olympics the Italians were never able to reach the medal winning  podium, finishing

  • London 2012 Olympics - 5th (tied with Russia China, Dom Rep)
  • China 2008 Olympics - 4th (tied with Cuba and Japan)
  • Athens 2004 Olympics - 5th (tied with Japan, South Korea, USA)
  • Sydney 2000 Olympics - 9th (tied with Australia)


Thanks in part to Piccinini and an amazing team effort, the Italian womens' national team won gold at some of the most prestigious women's international events in the world including the 

  • 2002 World Championships
  • 2007 FIVB World Cup
  • 2009 World Grand Champions Cup
  • 2011 FIVB World Cup

The infamous left side outside hitter earned some of the "top individual best volleyball player in the tournament" awards in the world including

  • 2004 FIVB World Grand Prix "Fair Play Award"
  • 2006 - 7 CEV Champions League "Best Spiker"
  • 2009 -10 CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four "MVP"
  • 2015 -16 CEV DenizBank Champions League Final Four "MVP" 

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These accomplishments are only some of the stunning career highlights in Francesca’s career.

This is particularly amazing if you consider her humble beginnings when was inspired by watching a famous Japanese cartoon series on television.... and guess what the cartoon was about? A volleyball team!

Inspired by the show, Francesca decided to try out with a small local team in Carrara, Italy and as they say, the rest is history!

Piccinini Calls It Quits After 25 Years As A Pro Player

This year Francesca announced she will retire from her professional volleyball career after she completes her current season with Igor Gorgonzola Novara the Division I team she's played for since 2016. 

The news pulls the curtain closed on a long and rewarding career, with over two decades at the top of her game.

This remarkable athlete is a living example of how hard work, focus, and passion can make a difference in one’s life.

She has inspired many young women to pursue a career in sports and athletics.

Now, on the eve of her 41st birthday, Francesca says “she feels younger now than when she started.”

She is looking forward to starting the next chapter in her career.

Me and Picci

I was still playing in Italy when Francesca first started playing professionally and was able to witness her first years as a pro player when she was on the Carrarese (Pallavolo Carrara) team.

She then moved on to the big time after two years playing for my former team Reggio Emilia followed by one year stints at Modena, Spezzano and on the Brazilian team Rexona Volley opting to play for Brazilian Olympic coach Bernardinho until she decided to come home and play for the top team in Italy for a number of years...Volley Bergamo.

At Bergamo, "Picci" won numerous awards and honed her world class skills as she played along side some of the best international female players who came to play on Volley Bergamo during the 12 years she was there (1999 - 2012).   

Its amazing to see how far she has come.

Congratulations Francesca on an amazing professional volleyball career!

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