FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Sao Paulo GRAND SLAM | 8 - 13 octobre 2013

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2013 FIVB World Tour ends in Brazil at FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam


Brazil holds the record for the most number of wins in FIVB International men's and women's tournaments held in the country.

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 9, 2013 – For the first time in the history of the sport, Brazil, one of the top two countries in professional beach volleyball, will host the season-finale of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour at the US$440,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam to be held October 8-13. While Brazil has hosted more FIVB events than any nation with 63 tournaments entering 2013, São Paulo will host a men and women’s FIVB World Tour event for the first time with this year being the season-finale of a FIVB-record 10 double-gender grand slams on the 2013 FIVB World Tour schedule.

The FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam will also mark the 36th time that Brazil has hosted a men’s and 31st time Brazil has hosted a women’s FIVB international beach volleyball tournament. Brazil is hosting an FIVB World Tour event for the 27th consecutive year. Brazil has staged a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event every year since the start of the international circuit for men in 1987 and women in 1992.

The winningest country in the history of FIVB international pro beach volleyball, Brazil is hosting two events this year as the FIVB World Cup Final is being held in Campinas, May 29-June 2 prior to ending the season with the FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam.

This year’s FIVB World Tour Grand Slams use a pool format. São Paulo will begin with a one-day qualification tournament to determine the final eight spots in each gender’s 32-team main draw tournaments followed by round-robin pool play where pools of four will play three matches each with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams (the top three from each pool) concluding with the medal matches for both genders on Sunday, Oct. 13. The gold medal teams in each gender in the FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam will each split $33,000, the silver $22,000, the bronze $16,500 and fourth place $12,900.

In the first 34 men’s FIVB International tournaments in Brazil, 14 in Rio de Janeiro, six in Fortaleza, five in Vitoria, four in Brasilia, Guaruja and Salvador with two each and one in Joao Pessoa, Brazil has won 21 gold medals, the United States has won 11 gold medals, while Germany has won the other two titles. In the first 29 FIVB International tournaments in Brazil for women, with seven in Rio de Janeiro, five in Salvador, four each in Brasilia and Vitoria, three each in Fortalezza and Santos and one each in Guaraja, Meceio and Recife, Brazil has won 18 gold medals followed by the United States with 10 and China with one gold medal.

The winningest men’s player in FIVB history in events in Brazil is Brazil’s legendary Emanuel Rego who has earned eight gold medals with three different teammates. Emanuel also has earned seven silver medals and four bronze medals in FIVB events in his home country. Emanuel’s gold medal partners have been Ricardo Santos (five wins), Ze Marco de Mello (two) and Tande Ramos (one). Ricardo is second in Brazilian gold medals with seven, earning two with Ze Marco in addition to the five with Emanuel.  Emanuel is playing now with Alison Cerutti and the pair won silver medals in Brazil in both 2010 and 2011.

The winningest active women’s player in FIVB history in Brazil events has been Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva who earned four gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals over the last 10 years playing with Larissa Franca, who retired at the end of 2012. It is undetermined at this point who will be Juliana’s teammate this year.

The both players from the men’s 2012 gold medal team are expected back in Brazil this year, but USA’s 2008 Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers have ended their partnership and are playing with different teammates this year. Last year’s  winning women’s team in Brazil was China’s Chen Xue/Xi Zhang and the Chinese duo are still playing together and opened the 2013 season by winning the gold medal at the FIVB Fuzhou Open.

Brazil has swept the podium four times in men’s competition and five times in women’s tournaments. Most recently, the Brazilian men secured the medals in 2009 in Brasília and the women’s most recent sweep was in 2008 in Guarajà.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes eight Open events throughout the world to help open the door for development of the sport.

Overall in the FIVB men’s medal race in Brazil, Brazil leads with 60 total medals, followed by the United States with 23, Switzerland with six, Argentina and Germany with four each, Canada with 2 and China, Cuba and Norway with one each. In the FIVB women’s overall medal race in Brazil, Brazil also leads with 52 total medals, followed again by the United States with 27, Australia with three, Germany two, while China, Italy and Japan each have one medal.

São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere and Americas and the world's eighth largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the world. São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil's most populous state.

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