In other words, Giovanni Guidetti is no longer leading the Türkiye women’s national team. After a discussion, the Turkish federation and the Italian expert decided to split ways.
Guidetti has coached the national teams of Bulgaria, Germany, and the Netherlands before taking over the Filenin Sultanlari as head coach in 2017. During his tenure, the Turkish national volleyball team won two medals at the Volleyball Nations League and placed fourth in the other two tournaments. In Guidetti’s tenure, the team improved under his tutelage, finishing in fifth place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and earning three podium finishes at the CEV European Championships.
In the most recent FIVB Women’s World Championship, held in the Netherlands and Poland this past fall, Türkiye finished as the tournament’s first-round pool winners, third-place finishers in their second-round pools, and eventual eighth-place finishers after losing to the United States in the tournament’s quarterfinals.
Guidetti, who is 50 years old, is also one of the best female club volleyball coaches in the world. He’s been in charge of VakifBank Istanbul since 2008, and during that time the Turkish powerhouse has won four FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships, among other accolades. The Italian coach will also lead VakifBank in the 2022 Women’s Club World Championships, held in Antalya, Turkey, between December 14 and 18.
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Turkey has provided me with everything of value. It was here in the United States that I found the woman who would become my wife. This nation is where we welcomed the birth of my daughter. Guidetti wrote, “Thanks to this nation, I’ve had a successful professional tennis career and a wonderful personal life.” From now on, I shall be an ardent supporter of the Sultans of the Net. Regardless matter the situation, I have faith in the resilient women of our nation to rise to the challenge. I appreciate it.
I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me and the team succeed over the past five years: my teammates on the court, the coaches and staff behind the scenes, the volleyball federation’s invaluable executive staff, the enthusiastic fans who made it out to our games, and the reporters who covered us.