The four-time Italian champions take part in the FIVB Men's Club World Championship for the second time ever, after finishing runners-up to Russia's Zenit Kazan last year following a straight-set defeat in the final in Krakow.
Lube was founded in 1990 in the town of Treia – though their actual playing venue currently is in neighbouring Civitanova Marche.
Their first major international success came in 2002 when they beat Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus 3-1 in the final to win their only European Champions League title.
They made the Final Four of the Champions League in the last three years but came away with bronze in 2016 and 2017 after losing in the semifinals to fellow Italian sides: In 2016 they fell to Trentino Diatec before beating Poland’s Asseco Resovia Rzeszow; and this year they were downed by Sir Safety Perugia before beating Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys. In 2018 they moved up a notch, picking up the silver medal after a five-set loss to Zenit.
Lube have also won the European Challenge Cup four times, in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2011.
Domestically, Lube have won four Italian championship titles, in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2017, in addition to five Cup titles and four Supercups. They finished runners-up to Sir Safety Perugia in the latest edition of the Italian Superleague, in 2017-18, after losing the best-of-five final series in five matches.