VIBO VALENTIA- The Brazilian Cezar Douglas arrives on the bench of Tonno Callipo Volley. The Giallorossi association of Cavaliere Pippo Callipo has identified in the former Kemas Lamipel Santa Croce technician experience, dynamism and technical-tactical sagacity, the right characteristics to lead the team that will present itself at the starting line of the Serie A2 Championship with the clear intent to return immediately to the SuperLega. It is not the first time that a coach from the Tuscan club has landed on the Giallorossi bench; it had already happened in the 2011-2012 season with the young Piedmontese coach Gian Lorenzo Blengini, with his experience in Santa Croce behind him. He stayed in Vibo for three seasons, leading Tonno Callipo twice in the Scudetto Play Offs, a semi-final (2012-2013) and a quarter-final in the Italian Cup (2014-2014). Cezar Douglas is the second Brazilian to sit on the Giallorossi bench: he was preceded by Marcelo Fronckowiak, a native of Porto Alegre, who took over from Lorenzo Tubertini on 11 January 2018, with the formation of the patron Pippo Callipo in third from last place after 17 championship rounds with 10 points and back from 11 consecutive defeats.
Cezar Douglas spent most of his coaching career in the Brazilian Superliga first at the helm of Voley Futuro – Aracatuba (from 2006–2007 to 2012–2013) and then at Funvic Taubate (from 2013–2014 to 2016–2017) with which has won the Brazilian Cup twice, the Paulista championship three times and a São Paulo Cup.
After this intense period of work and important sporting achievements, Cezar Douglas decided to move to Italy to study and deepen his knowledge of “Italian volleyball”.
In our championship he made his debut in the 2017-2018 season with the role of Technical Director of Florigel Andria (Serie B).
In the 2019-2020 season, precisely on January 17, 2019, he reaches an agreement with the Santa Croce sull’Arno, a Serie A2 team, where he collaborates with head coach Alessandro Pagliai. The regular season ended in sixth place in the standings with ten wins.
After a season in Qatar on the Al Gharafa SC bench, he returned to the leadership of the “Wolves” as head coach, managing to hit second place at the end of the regular season with 47 points behind Agnelli Tipiesse Bergamo at 60. points, overtaking teams of the caliber of Cuneo (46) and Conad Reggio Emilia (44) and the listed BCC Castellana Grotte, which also closed at 44 points. There were 14 victories (eleven for 3-0, two for 3-1 and one in the decisive fraction), compared to 10 defeats, six of which resulted in the decisive tiebreak, two for 3-1 and as many in the fifth and decisive set .
In the promotion Play Offs, after passing the quarter-finals by trimming a double three to zero at the Consoli McDonald’s Brescia Group, the promotion dream vanished in the semifinals against BAM Acqua San Bernardo Cuneo, losing three to one at home and three to zero away.
THE WORDS OF CEZAR DOUGLAS-
” I already knew the Calabrian Society because so many Brazilians have passed through here. I also had the opportunity to coach some of them in Brazil such as Rapha Oliveira. I have always heard very well about the Club for its seriousness and good organization. The welcome of the locals is also known. I cannot hide that I have always looked at this reality with a certain interest. It was a great satisfaction to receive the call from Tuna Callipo and I did not hesitate to accept the proposal. Attracted by the most competitive championship in the world, I arrived in Italy in 2017. During my ten years as a coach in the Brazilian Super League, I happened to listen to the comments of the athletes who had played in Italy, they told me about the environment and the working method. This fueled my curiosity and I decided to come to Italy to which I was already tied by a thin thread as my great-grandparents were from Veneto, from Rovigo. For three months I studied the language, and then I started attending the training sessions and the Championship and Super Cup races of the Superlega teams: Milan, Modena, Verona, Perugia, Castellana. After this period I was about to return to Brazil when I received the call from Andria in Serie B. Organization and intensity of work. These are the two elements that serve the synergy and collaboration of all the staff that revolves around the team. The players need to feel there is agreement. At the same time, each training session must be faced with intensity and dynamism. To win an A2 tournament you need to understand that every match is an important battle. You have to give your all against every opponent. For each race tactical changes are made but the attitude must always be the same in facing each competitor. With two foreign athletes in the team, the physical and technical level of all the rosters will rise. A very competitive tournament is expected in which at least 8 teams will be competing for the top places. For the choice of new players, together with company executives, we are giving importance to the wealth of experience that each of them can bring with them and to the combination of the different technical characteristics looking for the right balance between the various elements. The motivational aspect is also important. It must be about athletes who are convinced that they are coming to Vibo. The club wants this and even a coach likes to work with players who want to wear this shirt, understanding their responsibility and the club’s goal “.
THE TECHNICAL STAFF-
On the bench alongside coach Cezar Douglas, there will be the 38-year-old Francesco Racaniello who will act as assistant coach and the scoutman Giampaolo Maragò.
He is fresh from his experience as coach of Mya Volley Marcianise in A3. In the previous season he had been deputy at the Prisma Taranto in A2. The career of the Apulian coach began as a scoutman in 2009 in Gioia del Colle in Serie A2. Then the move to Corigliano, two years in Avellino (the second as vice), the jump to A1 with Sansepolcro before accepting the task of directing the youth teams in San Marino from 2015 to 2017. He returns to Campania in Ischia in 2017 where wins the Serie C championship. Another year in cadeteria on the island, then in Atripalda as first coach. His palmares also include participation in the World Cup held in Japan (2015) as a scoutman of Venezuela, a European Silver League and a European with the Austrian national team (2019). For Racaniello also a French experience, in 2013/14, in the ranks of Asul Volley Lyon.
Young and enterprising Vibonese, class of ’95, graduated in Motor Sciences, who had already found space in the Giallorossi environment, covering the role of scoutman for Serie B and the Youth Sector for two years. Promoted to the First Team after the commitment shown in support of the activities of the technical staff led by Valerio Baldovin in the previous two years.
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