Making a welcome return to the WSB fold in Season VII is the experienced Italia Thunder franchise. Debuting in the inaugural competition as Milano Thunder, the team struggled find its rhythm, before exploding back onto the scene in Season II to lift the team trophy after a brilliant final against Dynamo Moscow. The Italians reached the Semi-Finals in Season III before being eliminated by Ukraine Otamans, and returned in Season IV as Italia Thunder, where they continued their unbeaten run at home in the Group stage before exiting to the narrowest of Play-Off defeats by Azerbaijan Baku Fires. It was a result that the team would repeat in Season V, again suffering a heavy first-leg Play-Off defeat from which they couldn’t recover, this time to Russian Boxing Team.
The Italian team was the first side to surpass 100 home wins in WSB, notching up an incredible undefeated record over its first four seasons. After a short hiatus during Season VI, the Thunder are back and once again looking to turn their home stadium into a fortress. They will need to bring some of that passion to their away matches if they are to lift the trophy for a second time.