Fortaleza Open 2016 | 26 April - 1 May 2016
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2016 - Kay Matysik may have been disappointed to forfeit the Fortaleza Open gold medal match on Sunday, but was able to do so in line with the measures put in place by the FIVB to ensure the health of players in extreme temperatures.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, May 1, 2016 - Wowing the audience yet again, Brazil’s youthful Eduarda Lisboa and her more veteran teammate Elize Maia won their second gold medal in two months Sunday, defeating veteran compatriots in Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta/Taiana Lima at the FIVB Fortaleza Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, May 1, 2016 - Writing a script that would inspire a Hollywood producer, Brazil’s young lions Oscar Brandao and Andre Loyola roared to a gold medal victory Sunday over Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik at the FIVB Fortaleza Open. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event was held at Praia do Futuro in Fortaleza. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 30, 2016 - Making the most of playing a limited international pro beach volleyball schedule, Brazil’s youthful Eduarda Lisboa and her more veteran teammate Elize Maia have earned a spot in a second gold medal match in two months. The fifth-seeded Brazilian duo will be part of an All-Brazilian women’s gold medal match Sunday... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 30, 2016 - Challenging the competition along with constant strong winds, swirling sand, pervasive heat and one day of a tropical rain storm, Germany’s sixth-seeded Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik duo has earned a spot against Brazil’s 22nd-seeded Oscar Brandao/Andre Loyola in the gold medal match of the FIVB Fortaleza Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 29, 2016 — Three rounds of exciting compassion-driven matches resulted in five teams from host country Brazil and one each from the Netherlands, the United States and Vanuatu emerging as the ‘elite eight’ to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals at the FIVB Fortaleza Open. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 29, 2016 — While the names aren’t as familiar as many in their country are, host country Brazil has advanced two men’s teams to Saturday’s quarterfinals of the double-gender FIVB Fortaleza Open, the fourth event in Brazil that is part of this year’s 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 28, 2016 - Fans will be able to watch the semifinals and medal matches of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Fortaleza Open live on the FIVB’s YouTube channel on Saturday and Sunday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 28, 2016 — Benefitting from playing in their home country in the same stadium they completed their national tour in just the prior week, Brazil’s powerful men’s teams seized the opportunity and advanced seven of their eight teams to Saturday’s Round of 16 at the double-gender FIVB Fortaleza Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 28, 2016 — Brazil’s fifth-seeded Eduarda Lisboa and Elize Maia were impressive Thursday in winning their first two of three pool play matches as the women’s main draw began at this week’s double-gender $150,000 FIVB Fortaleza Open, which marks the first time since 2007 that the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour has played in... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 28, 2016 - Led by one member of each gender’s top-seeded teams, nearly 30 athletes competing in this week’s FIVB Fortaleza Open in Brazil have earned their spots in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour by way of the FIVB proving grounds known as the FIVB Age Group World Championships. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 27, 2016 — Growing up in the shadows of all the iconic Brazilian beach volleyball players while earning medals in FIVB Age Group World Championships to wait their turn to become stars on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, part of the next generation teams of Brazilian stars has reunited and Wednesday in their home countr... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heading back to Fortaleza, Brazil
The last of four scheduled events in Brazil on the 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be the double-gender FIVB Fortaleza Open, to be held in Fortaleza on April 26-May 1. Prior to this visit, the FIVB World Tour has held five men’s events and four women’s events in Fortaleza.
The last men’s event in Fortaleza was in 2007 and the last women’s FIVB World Tour event in Fortaleza was also in 2007.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2015/2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlight of the calendar will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Overall, Brazil has hosted 69 total previous FIVB World Tour events, at least one has been held every season that the FIVB has played beach volleyball. Rio de Janeiro has hosted 23 total events, including the 1999 World Championships. Fortaleza has hosted 10 total events, followed by Brasília with eight total events, Vitória also with eight, and Salvador with seven. There have been 37 total men’s events and 32 total women’s events.
Entering 2016, in the medal count for events held in the South American country, Brazil is far ahead in both genders. For the men, Brazil has 63 total medals followed by the United States with 24, Switzerland 6, Germany 5, Argentina 4, Canada 2, Latvia 2, China 1, Cuba 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1 and Poland 1.
Entering 2016, in women’s medals for FIVB events held in Brazil, Brazil tops the chart with 56 followed again by the USA with 28, Australia 3, Germany 3, Italy 2, Netherlands 2, China 1 and Japan 1.
Fortaleza (Portuguese for Fortress) is in the Northeast Region of Brazil and it is the state capital of Ceará state. With a population close to 2.55 million (metropolitan region over 3.6 million), Fortaleza is the fifth largest city in Brazil.
To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the municipalities of Pactuba, Eusebio, Maracanau and Itaitinga, to the east is the municipality of Aquiraz and the Atlantic Ocean and to the west is the municipality of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife and Salvador.
The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Fortaleza was one of the host cities of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The event continues the Road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.