Lupo and Nikolai: The most successful couple in the history of Italian beach volleyball break up after 10 years

The legendary story of Daniel Lupo and Paolo Nikolai is over. The most famous couple in Italian beach volleyball split up

After a long 10-year legendary victory and complication, the paths of Daniel Lupo and Paolo Nicolai split. The Italian couple entered history Beach volley The last couple took part in the tournament a few days ago, at the Sardinia Beach final in Cagliari. It marks the end of a long and enviable career consisting of 150 international events, an Olympic medal (at the Rio 2016 Games), three continental titles, three national titles and 22 podiums on a world tour. 10 years full of true passion that only sports can give.

Lupo and Nikolai decided to move on. Not a farewell to beach volleyball for the two, but a change of “only” combination in anticipation of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The couple made their debut at the Brasilia Open in late April 2011 and thanks to their talents and friendship they have distinguished themselves on and off the national sports scene, raising the flag. They have given the Italian Volleyball Federation an extraordinary series of successes and satisfaction, marking a milestone in the history of beach volleyball.

What Daniel and Paolo have done for our beach volleyball is something that will last forever – commented Federal President Giuseppe Manfredi – I think I can speak for those who were before me when I say we will always be grateful to them for what they have given us. Joy. FIPAV is proud to have some great value as Lupo / Nikolai. It is clear that on the one hand such a choice saddens us, but in sports we must always wait. If guys think it’s the right choice for their respective paths, we can’t help but respect and acknowledge it. I wish Daniel and Paolo all the best and a great fortune for the continuation of their remarkable careers.

Speaking of Paolo Nikolai and Daniel Lupo

A painful but reasonable choice taken by two beach volleyball champions.

This decision was not easy to make, but like any self-respecting work relationship, after so many years together we feltNeed to try something new. – Nikolai explains – It’s a question of inspiration to make it better if possible. The respect and friendship that binds me to Daniel will remain unchanged. I have already had the opportunity to announce on other occasions before and after “Lupo / Nikolai” and “Lupo / Nikolai” is the name of a team consisting of two athletes, but the meaning is much broader.

Loopo’s words are also full of gratitude, who said:

Had a nice trip with Paolo, we grew up together as athletes and men; We have a really interesting technical and sports project that proved to be legitimate. Now let’s turn the page and throw ourselves into something new. Obviously, after so many years, I’m sorry, but let’s move on because we have new challenges ahead of us. I wish Paolo all the best.

What to say? We wish you all the best, thank you for all the passion you have given us, we will never forget them. Your face and your victory will forever be engraved in the history of this wonderful game, partially abused but certainly much loved.

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Source: Italian Volleyball Federation

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