Water polo returns to Italian pools.

The Italian A1 Series will begin this Saturday, October 3: 13 the participating teams, the first two classified will play the "Scudetto" in May in a best of 5 games final and the last two classified will play the relegation place.

Will once again be the almighty Pro Recco the favorite to win their 34th league, with a streak since 2005/06 interrupted only by Covid that has seen the last league in Italy go unassigned.

Recco's team has been profoundly renewed with the arrival of the Coach Gaby hernandez who has wanted fewer players in the organic: hence the seven important exits ( Filipovic first) to which must be added the withdrawal by Matteo Aicardi injury  and the arrivals of Nicholas presciutti and Nicolo 'Figari from Brescia, from the Australian Aaron Younger , from the American buoy Ben hallok (which will be used only by the Champions League) and the second goalkeeper Negri.

Gaby Hernandez y el segundo entrenador de Pro Recco Jack Pastorino (foto instagram Pro Recco)
Gaby Hernandez and Pro Recco assistant coach Jack Pastorino (Pro Recco instagram photo)

To challenge the Ligurians will be another year the Lombards of Brescia that they have given to mister Bovo a team that is a mix of experience and youth as it can count on the arrival of the left-hander Maro jokovic , greek Angelos Vlachopoulos,  Djordje lazic in the buoy position and the Italians Gitto, Dolce, Di Somma and Renzuto Iodice.

With the disappearance of Sport Management who has resigned to participate in the A1 series, as well as Canottieri Napoli, the third place will probably be played by Siracusa, Palermo, Savona and Quinto.

He Ortigia by Coach Piccardo has confirmed almost en bloc the team that has stood out in the last league with Tempesti that will continue 2 more years in Sicily dreaming Tokyo. Arrivals from Mirarchi and Rocchi They add quality to the Sicilian project.

The other island team, the Telimar Palermo has surprised with an important market fishing in the ruins of Sport Management with the arrival of the new coach Baldineti that he has taken with him Nicosia, I say it and DamonteAndrija Vlahovic and Luca marziali they complete the staff of the people of Palermo.

Gu Baldineti y la Telimar Palermo (foto wpdworld)
Gu Baldineti and Telimar Palermo (photo wpdworld)

In Liguria, in the Savona the promising young goalkeeper will play on loan from Pro Recco Massaro and the world champion Andrea Fondelli, in addition to the signing of the buoy Bruni from Sport Management.

In the same region, the Fifth with the last minute arrival of the young Japanese talent Ysuke inaba added to the expert left-handed Nora from Brescia and from the youth Lanzoni, Brambilla and Panerai.

One step below we find the two teams from the Italian capital: the Lazio has questioned his participation until the end, but he will be and will have it confirmed under the clubs of the legend Soro and with the new Maddaluno and Caponero. The Rome of the new coach Tafuro has taken over the former Sport Management buoy Single house and awaits the arrival of the American brothers Nikola and Marko Vavic.

Other teams that will travel in the lower part of the table are Trieste, who has signed Bini and Razzi of Florentia and the defender Buljubasic of Olympiacos, the RN Salerno ( Esposito and Spatuzzo the two novelties for the mister team Citro), the Florentia of the new coach Minetti and the Posilippo of the confirmed Brancaccio who has signed two men of weight and a lot of experience as the defender Zeno Bertoli del Brescia and the buoy of the Georgian national (and former "azzurro") Fabio Baraldi from Dinamo Tiblisi.

The only novelty in the Seria A1 2020/21 is the Methanopoly : the Milanese team has been renewed in depth with the arrival of the new coach Gambacorta and the signings of the defenders L. Bianco, G. Bianco (Savona) and Monari (Bogliasco) of the goalkeeper Dig (Lerici) and the attackers Ravina,
Lanzoni (Sport M.) and Cimarosti (Lavagna).

Here you have the program of the first day: Gaby Hernandez's Pro Recco will debut 'in Trieste and Alessandro Bovo's Brescia will face' Roma. The first big match between the two favorites for Seria A will be played on December 12 in Brescia.

Serious A1 male

1st day - Saturday 3 October

RN Florentia-CC Ortigia
San Donato Metanopoli Sport-Telimar
Pallanuoto Trieste-Pro Recco N e PN
SS Lazio-RN Nuoto Salerno
AN Brescia-Roma Nuoto
CN Posillipo-SC Fifth
Rest: RN Savona

Luca Scarpo

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