Record five-time world champions, three-time European champions and four-time Italian champions Itas Trentino are set to present a brand new face at the 2021-22 SuperLega Credem Banca Italian domestic championship - the top national club competition in the world.
Trentino reshuffle in bid for fifth Italian League title
Comings and goings as Trento seek first national championship in six years
Published 02:30, 23 Sep 2021
Trentino, who finished third last season in the competition, after getting knocked out in the semifinals of the Playoffs by Cucine Lube Civitanova who went on to claim the title, have done some major reshuffling to their squad ahead of this year's edition which begins on 10 October.
Most strikingly, their play will no longer be distributed by national team setter Simone Giannelli, who after more than a decade with the club moved over this year to Sir Safety Conad Perugia.
Instead, Riccardo Sbertoli, also on Italy's 2021 EuroVolley winning squad, will be doing the playmaking for Trentino after joining the club from Powervolley Milan.
In fact, Trentino boasts as many as four players who helped the national team of Italy regain the continental title: alongside Sbertoli are Daniele Lavia, Alessandro Michieletto and Giulio Pinali.
Giulio Pinali moved over from Consar Ravenna to help fill the gap left by the departure of the Netherlands' Nimir Abdel-Aziz (who transferred to Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena) in the opposite position.
But in the middle, Trentino will continue to count on the Serbian duo of Srecko Lisinac and Marko Podrascanin, while Italy's new rising star Alessandro Michieletto just signed up to remain with the side for three more years.
Trentino take to the court for their first match of the Italian Super League hosting Verona at Trento's BLM Group Arena on 10 October. The Regular Season is set to wrap up on 20 March 2022, ahead of the Playoffs.