Matteo Piano: Over and Beyond the Middle
Matteo Piano has played with Italy's men's team since 2013
“In the last year, I became the captain of Milan (Powervolley Milano) and I had to change. I had to stop finding that shoulder to lean on, I now have to be the shoulder that the other players can lean on,” he added.
“I realised last summer in the national team that I want to do this. I want to help and I have to give back to others what I’ve learned in this volleyball life.
After Thursday’s 3-0 win over Australia at the Green Arena, he talked about ‘zenshin’ which refers to progress in Japanese. In a separate interview, he also talked about how his mindset as a volleyball player and as a person has evolved.
My first World Cup was successful because we got the ticket to Rio.
Italy celebrate the 2015 World Cup silver medal that booked their ticket to Rio 2016
“When we qualified for Rio, it was great. Italy qualified at an early stage. In Rio, we took the silver medal. Then when I was in Modena, it was great to be with one of the best clubs in the world.
Team Italy on court at Hiroshima’s Green Arena
“I’m in a moment in my life where I’m so free. I’m free with my emotions. I’m free to show my feelings. I feel this way. And I think, maybe in sports, it’s not always this way.
Matteo Piano gets ready to defend
Matteo Piano has decided to share more of his sentiments in a book.
Matteo Piano in the middle
“I had a lot of challenges, and encountered a lot of difficulties. I thought it would be good to share those with the people, to tell them how it is. It’s not a life that’s always bright and shiny. Maybe it could be, if you’re lucky. But this is real life and there are many things that are equally important. Now in 2019, a lot of things have changed, and I wanted to write about this.
Piano spends time with his fans in Japan
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