After six weeks of intense work in Rio de Janeiro the Brazilian national men's team has arrived in Sao Paulo, the host venue for their opening World League matches against Germany this weekend, well prepared and eager to open their World League campaign in the best possible way.
The two matches on May 24-25 are the first official international matches for Brazil since they won the World Championship title in Argentina last year.
Since then the Brazilian squad has returned to the fray with some international friendly tours through the Netherlands and Spain and plenty of concentrated training sessions under coach Bernardinho.
Brazilian star Giovane says the training and the practice has made Brazil ready and primed to try and go one step better than last year's second-place. "It was a period of much pain," he said. "We previously didn't have the time to train properly and that was the reason of having such intense sessions but the suffering has made the spirit go stronger. "Me personally, I'm feeling much stronger and my legs are in much better shape".
Meanwhile setter Mauricio Lima said that the results of this hard work are certainly positive. "We trained with the group almost complete and that was really good for us," he said. "Step by step we are developing a rhythm and we are growing. We have huge enthusiasm and motivation at the moment."
Playing for the first time in the national team, attacker Roberto Minuzzi didn't hide his emotion of playing in the prestigious World League. "Training with the team was better than I expected". And setter Ricardinho illustrated the passion and enthusiasm within the Brazilian camp with the start of their World League campaign so close. "The team is very motivated for the World League", he said.
An ominous sign for all of Brazil's opponents.