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Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
Born24 Dec 1987 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
English, Italian
Higher education
Management - University of Genoa: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age six.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Anzio Waterpolis: Italy
Name of coach
Roberto Tofani [club]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
In November 2014 he suffered an injury to his left pectoral [chest] muscle. He did not return to competition until February 2015. (mondonuoto.it, 17 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (sicilia.coni.it, 17 Apr 2012)

He was named Best Player of the 2011 World League. (alexgiorgetti.com, 27 Sep 2014)
Other information
In 2016 he decided to end his international career with Italy citing a loss of enthusiasm for the team and instead make himself available to Hungary, the country of his birth. He aimed to make the switch for the 2017 World Championships held in the Hungarian capital Budapest, but the International Swimming Federation [FINA] rejected his request to change nationality because he had not lived in Hungary for the required year. "When I was a child, I used to play for Ujpest and I was training at Isla Margarita, on the Danube, in Budapest. I looked forward to playing for the great Hungary. For a water polo player to wear the cap of that team is like for a footballer to wear the shirt of Brazil." (lastampa.it, 05 Feb 2017; alfahir.hu, 01 Jul 2017)

He has volunteered with organisations that help families dealing with impairments, including Aiutiamo Giorgia [Let's help Giorgia] and Voa Voa Onlus. He has also worked as an ambassador for the Laureus Foundation to help children in Naples, Italy, to get into sports. "I knew I wanted to do something for the others, mainly children. I did not have an easy childhood, my parents' divorce was painful. But, in the end, if you are able to channel the pain, you become stronger and understand other people's struggles." (corriere.it, 06 Oct 2017; theducker.com, 02 Sep 2017; avvenire.it, 02 Apr 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
11 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
5 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
5 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
5 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team