This is Marco Bonitta’s second spell as Italy coach after he returned to lead the side last March. During his first tenure the team won silver medals at the 2004 and 2005 World Grand Prix and bronze in 2006. He led the Italians to their first World Championship gold in 2002, and to silvers at the 2001 and 2005 European Championships. Bonitta went on to coach Poland's women, taking them to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. At club level in Italy, he led Foppapedretti women's side to the 1999 Champions League title and was in charge of Ravenna men's team.