PRESS RELEASE 09.10.2003


Bernardinho names squad for World Cup

The coach of the Brazilian men's team Bernardo Rezende unveiled a 20-strong squad on Wednesday for the 2003 Men's World Cup, which will be held in Japan from November 16-30.

Bernardinho, as he is more affectionately known, named all of Brazil's stars including Gilberto Godoy Filho, Maurício Lima and captain Nalbert Bitencourt while Gustavo Endres returns to the side after missing most of the 2003 World League with injury.

The World Cup is the first Olympic qualifying tournament, where the three top teams will book their tickets to Athens next year, and Brazil are one of the favourites having won the 2002 World Championship and the 2003 World League.

Brazil's build up to the World Cup will be divided in to two stages due to player commitments in Italy. A first group will start training on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro while a second group, made up players who play in Italy, will join the squad on November 2.

GROUP I Anderson Rodrigues, André Heller, André Nascimento, Eder Francis Carbonera, Giovane Gavio, Henrique Zech Coelho, Leandro Araújo da Silva, Marcelo Elgarten, Murilo Endres, Renato Felizardo, Ricardo Garcia, Roberto Minuzzi, Samuel Fuchs, Sérgio Dutra dos Santos (Escadinha)

GROUP II Dante Amaral, Gilberto Godoy Filho, Gustavo Endres, Maurício Lima, Nalbert Bitencourt, Rodrigo Santana