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26/12/2016 13:45
Guidetti leaves Dutch national team to spend more time with his family
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Nieuwegein, Netherlands, December 26, 2016. Giovanni Guidetti’s announcement comes as a surprise: really unexpectedly, he has decided to leave his position as coach of the Dutch women’s Volleyball team. The 44-year old Italian-born became father to a daughter in September and wants to spend more time with his family in his ‘adoptive’ hometown, Istanbul. With Guidetti at their helm, over the last two years the Dutch women have developed into a world-class team. They won silver at the European Championships on home soil in 2015, bronze in the 2016 edition of the FIVB World Grand Prix before finishing fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Two very successful years


In January 2015 Giovanni Guidetti was presented as the new head coach of the Dutch women’s team in the city of Apeldoorn. With the strong-willed and charismatic Italian in charge, the women playing in orange shirts have undergone an impressive development process. Guidetti won the hearts and minds of the Dutch sports fans with his enthusiasm and sincerity.

Guidetti has combined coaching a national team with a club team for many years. Since 2008 he has been working for Turkey’s standout VakifBank ISTANBUL, with whom he has achieved great success. By working as both national team coach and club coach, Guidetti is busy almost all year round.

In July the Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo) and Guidetti announced that they agreed to extend their cooperation until the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Guidetti and his wife – Turkish-born top player Bahar Toksoy – had their first child, a baby daughter named Alison, in September of this year. Alison’s birth changed the professional plans of Guidetti. During the national team season, which goes from May to October, the Italian wants to spend as much time as possible with his family. This wish was so strong, that he asked the Dutch Federation to terminate his contract. Shortly, an announcement will follow confirming Guidetti as the new head coach of the Turkish women’s team. By coaching Turkey, Guidetti will be able to work from Istanbul 12 months a year.



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“This was the hardest decision I had to make in my entire life,” Guidetti said. “I’m leaving a great team with great players and a great staff, in the middle of a successful journey. The last two years were an incredible experience for me. The synergy between myself, the staff, the players, the fans, the federation, the sponsors, the people at the national training centre Papendal and the media was perfect. Everybody gave me the feeling I was the luckiest coach in the world.”

“In the end I didn’t choose what was best for me, but what is best for my family. I had the choice to be with my daughter Alison twelve months a year instead of six. This changed everything.”

“I am sure this team is strong and mature enough to continue their journey. It is a great group of players which will keep being successful. I will never forget all the special moments I shared with this team.”



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“I am very surprised and disappointed with his choice,” said Maret Balkestein-Grothues, captain of the Dutch team. “Together we started a journey towards Tokyo two years ago, unfortunately we have to go on without him. I am grateful to Giovanni for everything that he did for the team, and I wish him all the best in his career.”

Future

The Dutch Federation is currently searching for a new head coach for their women’s team.

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