The former coach of Russia and Greece has spent the last five years at Eczacibasi VitrA in the Turkish League and Bisonte Volley Firenze in Italy’s Serie A1, and he will continue to work with the Florence-based club.
Caprara confirmed in April that he had renewed his contract with Bisonte for another two years, at the end of what he called “one of my most beautiful years”.
Bisonte finished seventh in the final Serie A1 table but their performances were enough to persuade Azerbaijan that Caprara and his deputy Marcello Cervellin are the team to take the country to Tokyo 2020.
Azerbaijan face Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Cameroon in a fiercely competitive Group D at the Olympic qualifiers from August 2-4, after which Caprara’s next task will be the European Championship.
Azerbaijan are 22nd in the FIVB world rankings and 13th in the CEV European rankings as they prepare to enter a new era under an accomplished coach.