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Ishikawa to Perugia, De Checa to Modena…game-changing Superliga world-class moves

The Italian Superliga is undergoing a tectonic shift.

On April 29, the Italian Superliga came to a close with safety Susa Beam Perugia winning the final. After a dominant regular season that saw them lose just three games, Itas Trentino were swept in the semifinals by Mint Vero Volley Monza, who went on to win the series 3-1 and lift the trophy for the first time in six seasons after the 2017-18 season.

That’s how the “big league” Superliga season ended for volleyball fans around the world, but the offseason is just as exciting. That’s because the superstars of each team are hanging up their jerseys. In particular, there are many high-profile transfers to other teams in the Super League, as well as to other leagues, 스포츠토토사이트 which could change the landscape of the league.

The transfer that has garnered the most attention from Korean fans is undoubtedly Yuki Ishikawa’s move to Perugia. Ishikawa, who has been playing for Allianz Milano since the 2020-21 season and has been a key resource for the team, will find her fifth club in Italy, joining Taiwan Excellence Latina (the predecessor of Sisterhood), Ema Villas Siena, Chione Padova, and Milan.

The trio will play in the Japanese V.League next season. Takahashi Ran ended his time in Italy by joining Suntory Sunbirds from Monza, while Yuji Nishida has already been playing for Panasonic Panthers since last season. Ishikawa is the lone remaining player in Italy and will look to fill the void left by Wilfredo Leon’s (Poland) return to his home league with Perugia.

Perugia also filled the void left by Flavio Gualberto (BRA), who is set to return to his home league, by acquiring Argentine international middle blocker Augustin Roger from Milan. With two players from Milan, the team has succeeded in maintaining its strength.

Meanwhile, there’s also a world-class setter who has collected more jerseys than Ishikawa, who is on his fifth. That would be Luciano De Cheque (Argentina). De Cheque will be playing for Balsa Group Modena next season after leaving Kuchin Rube Chivitanova. De Cheque, who has been playing in Italy since 2007, will be playing for his seventh team in Italy. He will continue to form a masterful partnership with middle blocker Simone Anzani (ITA), who he moved over from Rube, in Modena.

Gas Sales Blue Energy Piacenza is the team that has been the most active in off-season signings. They brought in Italian international middle blocker Gianluca Galassi from Monza, and are certain to add Canadian international ace Stephane Timothy Marr, who also played for Monza. The team also added Serbian star Uros Kovacevic, who left Italy at the end of the 2019-20 season. The addition of Brazilian international outside hitter duo Ricardo Lucarelli and Yondi Real Hidalgo somewhat fills the void left by their departure.

Big-name signings aren’t just for the top teams. Joella Prisma Taranto, who had a disappointing 11th place finish last season, also signed an international middle blocker. Romy Alonso (Cuba). A regular for the Cuban national team, Alonso, who has won numerous honors in international competition in North and Central America, leaves Piacenza after two seasons with the team to take on a new challenge with Taranto.

The big-name departures, and the cascading effect they’re having, are shaking up the Italian Superliga. It will be interesting to see what each team’s final lineup will look like when the 2024-25 season begins.

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