Team profile

Pomi Casalmaggiore

Based in the town of Casalmaggiore, on the north bank of the River Po, Volleyball Casalmagiore was founded in 2008. The team made their way up from the B2 Division of the Italian League to first play in the A1 Division in the 2013-14 season.

Featuring a host of international stars from Europe and North America, Pomi Casalmaggiore won the domestic title in Italy in 2014-15 and earned the right to play in the European Champions League in the following season.

Pomi Casalmaggiore hosted the Final Four of the 2015-16 Champions League in neighbouring Montichiari and scored straight-set wins over Russia’s Dinamo Kazan in the semifinals and Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul in the final to claim the title, with their star player Francesca Picinini picking up the MVP award.

Domestically in the 2015-16 season, after finishing second to Imoco Conegliano in the Regular Season, Pomi Casalmaggiore were knocked out by Foppapedretti Bergamo in the Playoffs quarterfinals.

This is their first appearance in an FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship. They become the seventh team to represent Italy in the history of the competition.

Players to look out for in the Casalmaggiore roster include US national player Carli Lloyd, a bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Serbian international Jovana Stevanovic, who claimed a historic silver medal at Rio 2016, and former Italian national player Lucia Bosetti.


Giovanni Caprara

Giovanni Caprara

Giovanni Caprara, 54, joined Pomi Casalmaggiore at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, taking over from his predecessor, Massimo Barbolini and moving back to his native Italy after leading Turkey’s Eczacibasi Istanbul to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship title last season in Zurich. 
His coaching career began as assistant to Marco Bonitta at Foppapedretti Bergamo in the late 1990s, before being named head coach at several clubs in Italy.
Caprara has also done stints with the women’s national teams of Russia and Greece. He led Russia to the 2006 FIVB Volleyball World Championship title and to bronze medals at the 2005 and 2007 European Championships. He also coached the side at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
With clubs, Caprara won Champions League titles in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2015, Italian League titles in 1999, 2004, 2013 and 2014, as well as three Italian Cups and five Italian Super Cups.


  • Team Manager Luciano Toscani
  • Assistant coach Giorgio Bolzoni
  • Second Assistant Coach Giovanni Ghini
  • Doctor Graziano Sassarini
  • Physiotherapist Paolo Agnetti





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul
3 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 9 3 3.000 285 223 1.278
Pomi Casalmaggiore
3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 5 1.200 229 236 0.970
Rexona-Sesc Rio
3 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 6 1.166 281 264 1.064
PSL - F2 Logistics Manila
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 0.111 176 248 0.709