STATEMENT: The doors of Europe open wide for Volpi Rosse Menarini

The Florentine team qualifies for Euro 3 by winning the qualifying tournament held in France.

STATEMENT: The doors of Europe open wide for Volpi Rosse Menarini

The Florentine team qualifies for Euro 3 by winning the qualifying tournament held in France.

The first time in history for a team from Tuscany.

FLORENCE, Italy, May 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Menarini Volpi Rosse team has already crossed the border and is on its way to Europe. The Florentine team will be the first wheelchair basketball team to represent Tuscany internationally at Euro 3.

Absolute debut in Europe in an official and international tournament of the Iwbf, the European Federation of Wheelchair Basketball. The extraordinary result that this young team from Florence brought home was part of the qualifying tournament that took place over the weekend in Chalon-Sur-Saône, in Burgundy (France). Being able to participate in this tournament was also thanks to the constant and exponential growth of the team, which allowed it -just in its second year in Serie A- to be high enough in the ranking to participate in the European qualifying matches.

In addition, the Menarini Volpi Rosse team remained undefeated after the matches played in France, first they beat their rival Elan Chalon (France), then the Belgian Roller Poulls and, finally, the Israeli team of Maid El Karam. In addition, a few days later, the team beat the Belgian team Roller Poulls in the final.

"It is an incredible result and a source of great satisfaction for the team - declared the President of the Volpi Rosse Menarini, Ivano Nuti - We face our European debut with a sense of humility and openness that our young team also demonstrated on the pitch. This approach has allowed us to achieve a historic result, not only for the team, but for the entire Tuscan wheelchair basketball movement."

The French tournament, in which the Volpi Rosse team not only carried the name of Menarini, but also represented the "Pegaso" of the Tuscany Region and the "Giglio" (lily), the banner of the city of Florence, reached the final of a season of great results for the team. "Of a total of seventeen games between the league and Europe - concluded Nuti - we won twelve. In the league we finished fifth and we were sixth on goal difference after the tie against Padua. Although we were defeated at home, we won the game away, which made us the only team to beat the Venetian team at home."

"The result obtained by Volpi Rosse is a source of great pride for Menarini - added Lucia and Alberto Giovanni Aleotti, shareholders and members of the Menarini Board of Directors - The spirit and commitment that the team dedicates every day on the track are the basis of such important results and represent, in the best possible way, the values ​​that have always characterized our Company Congratulations to the young players - concluded Lucia and Alberto Giovanni Aleotti - they are a true example to follow, not only in sport but also in everyday life".

Menarini Pharmaceutical Group, headquartered in Florence, is present to date in 140 countries around the world, with a turnover of 4,154 million euros and more than 17,000 employees. With 9 Research and Development centers, Menarini's products are present in the most important treatment areas, including cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, diabetes and anti-inflammatory/analgesic products. Pharmaceutical production is carried out in the Group's 18 manufacturing plants, located in Italy and abroad, which produce more than 577 million product packages per year and distribute them to the five continents. Menarini's pharmaceutical production, in line with the highest quality standards, provides a continuous contribution to the health of patients throughout the world. For more information, visit

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