Short characterization: BRAZIL

I Team formation

·         Almost stable structure of team for years – approximate constant basic formation,

·         Well-balanced formation, very experienced and well-coordinated team.

·         Systematic, continuous process of new formation – 3 new players in the pool of 12 compared with OG 2004, Fuchs No.12 is the youngest with his 21 years.

·         Oldest team with an average age of 27.7 years; with 194.4 cm one of the smallest teams.

·         Dante No.18 and Rodrigo No.14 establish themselves as regular players and point new ways to the future in attack! 

II General impression

·         BRA wins the final round in style with only 3 lost sets (one per match) – at present they are the team dominating by wide margin in men’s volleyball!

·         Successful symbiosis between European power volleyball and the typical Brazilian virtues pleasure of play, passion and temperament.

·         Dispose of a large pool of players with whom they are able to vary tactically in individual plays and be successful during long tournaments by useful substitutions.

·         Play attractive (fast/rich in variation) and successful volleyball – show technical tactical superiority and sound self-confidence under coach Bernardo.

·         Rank among the first in the categories Best Player – top performances in the block (4.2 points per set); 4 out of the 5 best block players as well as Dante No.18 as top blocker come from BRA! 

III Team composition and characteristic of play

·         Playing style is aimed at rationality and perfection – useful and almost perfect attack combinations on the basis of a clearly defined distribution of roles.

·         Are international trendsetters in all elements of play and point the way to the future (elements/playing concept) – always have reserves available during the play and the tournament! 

·         Equal substitution possibilities as well as double substitution (setter/diagonal player) extend the range of variations of the playing concept by other individual strengths.

·         Universal playing ability and high general technical coordinative basic level (movement talent and basic skills).

·         Further development of individual action profiles, in preparing for the opponent and current control of play and of the work with modern communication technologies,

·         Active participation of the whole coaching and scouting team during the online analysis of the game (written by hand/notebook) and pointed control of the play by the coaches.

IV Technical impression

Complex I

Passing:

·         Weakest team value with 43% excellent receptions and 6% minus; Santos No.10 (libero) with 48% still best individual player at place 5.

·         Basic formation with all types of serve very central in 3-player formation and offer rather the line.

·         After jump floats libero and Dante No.18 take over the passing from Gilberto No.7, Gilberto No.7 orientates himself toward fast attacking side out or back row attack P6.

·         Missing passing quality when different variants of jump serves are executed (hard driven and spin).  

Setting:         

·         With Ricardo No.17 BRA has an outstanding setter who is able to realize perfectly the philosophy of fast and varied play.

·         Low, partly fast and powerful sets through outside positions are still instable; short distances with low set through back row (P6) are very efficient. 

·         Creates moments of surprise for the opponent with extraordinary sets after complicated passing, defensive or block situations (example directly behind with Gustavo No.13)!

·         Plays perfect combination sets at the middle of the net (first tempo and back court P6), integrates himself successfully and surprisingly as first attacker after reception (70% efficiency), 

·         Have outstanding technical potentialities to use the players from all positions in the 3 metre area – first tempo along the entire width of the net and at 2-3 metres from the net!   

Attacking side out:

·         Good striking force with success rate and low error rate.

·         In first tempo attack variation of running paths; with Rodrigo No.14 the team has a very explosive and efficient offensive player who is able to hit extreme angles!

·         Fast powerful sets through outside positions cut down on the repertoire of offences a bit – are mostly hit diagonally.

·         Clear distribution of roles and tasks with respective solution options characterize the well organised and clearly structured offensive system!

Complex II

Serving:

·         Many variations in their repertoire of serves, average efficiency with 4% plus and 16% minus.

·         Large discrepancy in efficiency of serve between players doing jump serve (e. g. Dante No. 18/Gilberto No.7) and players doing jump float (Rodrigo No.14).  

·         Change of types of serve depending on tactical requirements, variation and combination in the use of strength and spin (left-sided and right-sided as well as high spin) – can still be improved!

·         Serve tactics on the basis of opponent-specific information before and during the play – aims at an effective serve or at elimination of one front player!   

Blocking:

·         Very effective block play at all positions – best block team by wide margin; the players have complete command of several blocking techniques and use them depending on the situation!

·         Basically they jump late, go directly to the ball, also block passively or modify the area of the block temporarily!

·         In the individual blocking techniques moving both hands to the left and to the right, opening and shutting of arms/hands is increasingly noticeable. 

·         Depending on the type of set in sideward movement slip step, cross step and/or link to preceding movement.  

Digging:

·         Well organised defence system adapted to the opponent – libero Sergio No.10 mostly defends at P5, back row players P1/5 take over short-distance covering.

·         Very good reaction and agility and excellent handling of balls close to the body by almost all players.

·         Starting position of libero at approximately 3 m distance from the net (defence of second ball attack, hit or tip by opponent’s setter)!

·         Starting defence position of the back row players orientates itself by the signal system of the block players (defence of position or double and/or triple defence!  

Attacking transition:

·         Clear responsibilities in attacking transition – the purpose of a quick and surprising attacking transition is discernible!  

·         Fast combination attacks from free balls situations and good defence dominate with Gilberto No.7/ Dante No.18 (P4) or first tempo (Gustavo No.13/Rodrigo No.14) alternating with back court P6 attack.

·         Andre No.9 and Dante No.18 are responsible for the final hit from high sets - they have technical tactical qualities when facing group blocks!