Brazil are the reigning Olympic Champions, World Champions, World Cup winners, World League title holders and Grand Champions Cup holders. In short, the dominant force in Men's Volleyball.
Eight years ago, they fell short of the lofty standards of today, finishing sixth at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
This triggered important changes ahead of the 2001 season.
Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed Bernardinho, who had spent six years coaching the Brazilian Women's National Team, was picked as Head Coach of the Brazilian Men.
The effect was immediate -- and long lasting.
During the first season with Bernardinho in 2001, Brazil won three gold medals. In 2002, Brazil finished second in the World League after losing the title playing at home against Russia. However, in that same season, the Brazilians got their revenge by claiming the World Championship for the first time, beating the Russians in an epic five-setter in Buenos Aires.
The beginning of the 2003 season started with a bang for the World Champions. Brazil clinched the World League gold medal for a third time.
The year ended with Brazil conquering all at the World Cup in Japan, 11 straight wins giving the South Americans their first triumph in the tournament and entry into the Athens Games.
In 2004, Bernardinho led the Brazilians to their fourth World League title before guiding them in August to their second Olympic gold medal. Italy were beaten 3-1 in the final.
Things would only get better in 2005, with the Olympic Champions gathering three golds.
There was no letting up in 2006. Brazil grabbed gold in the World League and retained their World Championship title in Japan against Poland. Giba was elected Most Valuable Player, Dante the best attacker.
In 2007, an astonishing sixth-straight World League title was wrapped up, with the Russians beaten in the final match. Setter Ricardinho was named best player, while middle blocker Gustavo was best blocker.
The season ended on a high when a Giba-inspired Brazil retained the World Cup in Japan, bouncing back from an opening loss to the USA to win the next 10 games and qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.