Basketball News, Romeo Sacchetti leaves the national team

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Basketball News, Romeo Sacchetti leaves the Italian national team. The coach, who had been in charge since 2017, leaves after 5 years (and 50 games) in which he brought Italy back to the Olympics after 15 years of absence thanks to the historic victory in Belgrade with Serbia. Olympic tournament in which the team then performed well, reaching the quarterfinals. In the morning the meeting with the federal president Petrucci, at the end of which it was decided for the consensual resolution. “To Sacchetti – reads the Fip note – our heartfelt thanks for the professionalism and commitment shown in recent years and best wishes for the continuation of his career “. In a few lines the announcement of a decision taken some time ago, but the replacement plans were to come after the European Championship in September, instead the surprise news.

Basketball News, Romeo Sacchetti leaves the Italian national team. The name of the successor?

Among the candidates to lead the Italian national team at the next European championships, the name of Gianmarco Pozzecco stands out. He currently holds the position of assistant coach at Olimpia Milano, alongside another piece of Italian history: Ettore Messina. Just the current head coach Milanese was among the eligible candidates, but he has long since called himself out. In any case, the federal president Gianni Petrucci took his time. Other profiles are also liked, such as Walter De Raffaele. But the name of “Poz” is the hottest and most of all awaited by fans.

Basketball News, Romeo Sacchetti leaves the Italian national team. A piece of history that goes away

In office since September 2017 he was the 22nd Technical Commissioner of the Italian basketball team. Meo’s relationship with Azzurro began in Ancona on 21 May 1977, the day in which he made his debut as a player with the Italy jersey in a friendly match won against Mexico. Since then, Meo has made 132 appearances and 947 points for the national team, winning the historic Silver at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Only three years later (1983) he graduated as European Champion in Nantes after also winning the Silver at the Mediterranean Games in Casablanca. In 1985 he won another medal with the national team, the bronze medal at the European championship in Germany. As Technical Commissioner he brings the Azzurri back to the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2021) after 17 years and to the World Championship, that of 2019 in China, after an absence of 13 years (previous edition in 2006 in Japan).
Raised in the youth academies of Wild Novara, he began his career in Asti and then moved to Auxilium Torino and then to Gira Bologna, making his debut first in A2 and then in A1. He will close his career after 8 years at Varese Basketball (1984/1992). As a coach he starts from Turin, then Asti, Bergamo, Castelletto Ticino, Fabriano, Orlandina and Udine. In 2009 he arrives in Sassari and in Sardinia he writes indelible pages for Dinamo, taken from A2 to the treble (Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa) in 2014. With the Sardinians he also won the 2015 Italian Cup. The three-year period at Vanoli Cremona (2017 / 2020) brings the 2019 Italian Cup as a dowry. In the summer of 2020 he becomes the manager of Fortitudo Bologna, but his adventure with Effe ends in December 2020. He is the father of Brian Sacchetti, 21 appearances and 101 points in the national team and his player in Castelletto Ticino and Sassari. Since 2016 he has been a member of the Italy Basketball Hall of Fame.


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