After winning the world title
in 2001, the Menís Junior Brazilian national team is going for
its third title in the World Championship in Iran.
In 1993 Brazil won their first gold medal in this tournament (and
have always finished in the top three since) and the second one
came in 2001 in Poland.
The Brazilian players have been practicing for this competition
under Marcos Lerbachís command since May.
Besides both these titles, Brazil has won the silver medal on
three occasions in 1981, 1995 and 1997. The bronze medal has
also come in three editions: 1977, 1989 and 1999.
The generation that won the
world title in 2001 contained many players that had been playing
in the Brazilian main team. The wing spikers Murilo Endres and
Roberto Minuzzi and also the universal Leandro Vissoto have been
working hard along with Bernardo Rezendeís team.
In 2003 the team that will be playing in the U21 World
Championship in Iran is expected to bring back some similar
success. They have tasted victory before as most of the players
are from the gold medal winning team at the Youth World
Championship in Egypt 2001.
Brazil is the current
Junior South American champion. Among 16 editions, the national
team has won the gold medal 13 times.