Fidelity is not the most common virtue today. However, many athletes were breaking this infamous rule, falling in love with one club, spending its entire professional career right there, or at least a significant part of it. These athletes become legends of the nearest environment, even though they are still young, active and … alive. Which volleyball players went down in history in this way? Our ranking shows it!
The vast number of places in the ranking was cast by Italians or players who have entered the Italian Peninsula from other countries for money and career, but have enamored in local cities and have settled down there for many years. In fact, you cannot be surprised as we are talking about a beautiful country, where love song poses 95% of all hymns. Two first places belong to two receivers of the legendary Sisley Treviso, Alberto Cisolla and Samuele Papi. The first one has been brought up in Treviso and has been playing there for 15 years, while Papi has hung out for 13 years in that not existing club.
A Slovak with a Greek passport and icon of Iraklis Thessaloniki, Andrei Kravarik, occupies the lowest step of the podium thanks to his 13 years of faithfulness. However, not only has Kravarik been shot of the arc by the Greek god Eros, which resulted in many years of love for one club, but Marios Giourdas also joins him with 10 years of stay in Olympiacos Piraeus.
Besides a group of Italians and the duo of Greece, Mariusz Wlazły has found a free spot in TOP 10. The Polish opposite played 11 seasons in PGE Skra Belchatow, and what is more, he is not going to end up his adventure with the team, since he has recently extended a contract with the Poland’s Champion for the next 3 years.
Ranking of 25 Most Faithful Volleyball Players
|Rank||Player||Nation||Club||League||Still active||In progress*||Period*|
|1.||Alberto Cisolla||Italy||Sisley Treviso||Serie A (ITA)||✓||15|
|2.||Samuele Papi||Italy||Sisley Treviso||Serie A (ITA)||✓||13|
|3.||Andrej Kravárik||Greece||Iraklis Thessaloniki||Greek League||13|
|4.||Lorenzo Bernardi||Italy||Sisley Treviso||Serie A (ITA)||12|
|5.||Andrea Giani||Italy||Casa Modena||Serie A (ITA)||12|
|6.||Mariusz Wlazły||Poland||PGE Skra Bełchatów||Plus Liga (POL)||✓||✓||11|
|7.||Mirko Corsano||Italy||Lube Banca Macerata||Serie A (ITA)||11|
|8.||Alessandro Fei||Italy||Sisley Treviso||Serie A (ITA)||✓||11|
|9.||Hristo Zlatanov||Italy||Copra Piacenza||Serie A (ITA)||✓||✓||11|
|10.||Marios Giourdas||Greece||Olympiacos Piraeus||Greek League||10|
|11.||Wout Wijsmans||Belgium||Piemonte Cuneo||Serie A (ITA)||✓||10|
|12.||Vigor Bovolenta||Italy||Area Ravenna||Serie A (ITA)||9|
|13.||Sergey Grankin||Russia||Dinamo Moscow||Superliga (RUS)||✓||✓||9|
|14.||Sergey Tetyukhin||Russia||Belogorie Belgorod||Superliga (RUS)||✓||8|
|15.||Semen Poltavskiy||Russia||Dinamo Moscow||Superliga (RUS)||✓||7|
|16.||Ivan Miljković||Serbia||Lube Banca Macerata||Serie A (ITA)||✓||7|
|17.||Bas van de Goor||Netherlands||Dinamo Apeldoorn||Dutch League||7|
|18.||Marco Meoni||Italy||Lube Banca Macerata||Serie A (ITA)||7|
|19.||Krzysztof Ignaczak||Poland||Resovia Rzeszów||Plus Liga (POL)||✓||✓||7|
|20.||Pasquale Gravina||Italy||Maxicano Parma||Serie A (ITA)||6|
|21.||Matey Kaziyski||Bulgaria||Diatec Trentino||Serie A (ITA)||✓||6|
|22.||Bruno Rezende||Brazil||Cimed Florianopolis||Superliga (BRA)||✓||6|
|23.||Georg Grozer||Germany||Moeser SC||Bundesliga (GER)||✓||6|
|24.||Lloy Ball||USA||Zenit Kazan||Superliga (RUS)||5|
|25.||Rafael Pascual||Spain||Piemonte Cuneo||Serie A (ITA)||5|
- *In progress – still in the same club
- *Period – years in the same club
Other team sports (Football, basketball, Hockey)
How the issue of faithfulness looks in other team sports like? In football, an Italian, Paolo Maldini, devoted himself entirely to just one team – AC Milan – spending there equal to a quarter-century. A basketball trio (Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Reggie Miller) could receive an ID card with the stamp of their clubs, because they have played there for 18 seasons,. Despite the fact, they do not lead, for an outstanding point guard, John Stockton, has overtaken them with 365 days longer work placement in the same team. In NHL, Mike Modano (hockey player), has spent only two year less in the jersey of the Stars from Dallas.
|1.||Paolo Maldini||Italy||AC Milan||Serie A||25|
|2.||Ryan Giggs||Wales||Manchester United||Premier League||24|
|3.||Francesco Totti||Italy||AS Roma||Serie A||23|
|4.||Gary Neville||England||Manchester United||Premier League||19|
|5.||Paul Scholes||England||Manchester United||Premier League||19|
|1.||John Stockton||USA||Utah Jazz||NBA||19|
|2.||Kobe Bryant||USA||Los Angeles Lakers||NBA||18|
|3.||Karl Malone||USA||Utah Jazz||NBA||18|
|4.||Reggie Miller||USA||Indiana Pacers||NBA||18|
|5.||Tim Duncan||USA||San Antonio Sours||NBA||17|
Tidbit: Michael Jordan has played in Chicago Bulls only for 13 seasons.
|1.||Mike Modano||USA||Dallas Stars||NHL||17|
|2.||Scott Niedermayer||Canada||New Jersey Devils||NHL||12|
|3.||Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||NHL||10|
|4.||Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||NHL||10|
|5.||Jaromir Jagr||Czech Republic||Pittsburgh Penguins||NHL||7|
Tables include players, who ended their careers aforementioned first decade of this century or still play sports professionally. Players selection according to the subjective opinion of the author.