Andrea Anastasi to lead Belgium’s Red Dragons News from the National Federations
Brussels, Belgium, March 14, 2018. The Royal Belgian Volleyball Federation have appointed Italian coach Andrea Anastasi to lead of their men’s national team, aka the Red Dragons. Anastasi is currently working as the head coach of Trefl GDANSK in the Polish Plusliga and has had a stunning international career as head coach of Italy, Spain and Poland. “I am proud to be the head coach of Belgium and I want to help them achieve great results,” he said following his appointment.
Anastasi’s contract will expire in 2019 with an option for a one-year extension if Belgium manage to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, the Italian’s first challenge is far closer. “The most important goal this season are the World Championships in Italy and Bulgaria,” he said. On top of this, in 2019 Belgium will co-host the European Championship, another stage where Anastasi and his Red Dragons could shine. “Belgium had an amazing result at the European Championship last season and they have a great national team. Sam Deroo is an amazing player, although he plays for our opponent, Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE, but I am sure he will do even better when working with me,” tells Anastasi jokingly. “Belgium has good players who play in France, Italy, Iran, and all over the world. I am proud to be the coach of Belgium.”
Belgium is the fourth national team that Anastasi will lead throughout his coaching career. In his first year as Italy’s head coach, he stunned the world by winning both the World League and the European Championship (1999). One year later, he managed to win the World League for the second time in a row and Italy claimed the bronze medal from the Olympics in Sydney. In 2007, he again took European gold, this time as head coach of Spain. In his second tenure at the helm of the Italian national team, he finished fourth at the Beijing Olympics (2008) and fourth at the 2010 World Championships. Afterwards he led Poland to the gold medal in the 2012 edition of the World League and to a quarterfinal appearance at the London Olympics that same year.