Italy make 11th consecutive appearance


Sapporo, Japan, September 29, 2018 – Italy will be playing European counterparts Bulgaria to officially start their 11th campaign in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

• Italy have won all three encounters with Bulgaria at the World Championship: 3-2 in 1986, 3-0 in 1998 and 3-0 in 2002.
• These are the only three matches between these teams at world level major tournaments.
• The women's world level major competitions are: the Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and the Nations League.
• The last time Italy and Bulgaria faced each other at a continental tournament was at the 2005 European Championship. Italy won 3-0.
• Bulgaria last beat Italy at continental level at the European Championship in 2003 (3-2).

• Bulgaria make their 12th appearance at the World Championship. They finished 11th in 2014.
• Bulgaria's best result was a fourth place at the first World Championship in 1952.
• Bulgaria last played at a world level major tournament at the 2017 World Grand Prix in which they finished 17th.
• Bulgaria won a ticket to the 2019 Nations League after winning the Golden European League in 2018 and the 2018 Challenger Cup.

• Italy make their 11th appearance at the World Championship. They have been ever-present since their debut in 1978.
• Italy won the trophy in 2002, when they beat United States 3-2 in the final.
• Italy lost the bronze medal match versus Brazil (3-2) at the World Championship in 2014.
• They also suffered a 3-2 defeat against Brazil in the final of the 2017 World Grand Prix.
• Italy finished sixth in the preliminary round at the 2018 Nations League, recording a run of eight wins in their last eight matches.
• They missed out on the final round because China finished ninth in the preliminary round but were guaranteed a place in the final round as the host nation of the finals.
• Paola Ogechi Egonu was Italy's top scorer in the Nations League on 180 points.


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