When you talk about Fernanda Porto Venturini you are
talking about one of the most important players in
Brazilian women’s Volleyball.
Standing at 180cm tall, the setter is Brazil’s most
capped player with 342 international matches to her
name and it is that sort of experience, which the
current Brazilian team will be calling on as it tries
to rectify its disappointing failure at the World
Grand Prix when they didn’t progress past the
Fernanda, in a way, has answered an emergency call
from coach Jose Guimaraes. The last time she pulled on
the green and gold jersey was at the 1998 World
Championships when Brazil finished fourth.
Following that result she retired to marry her-then
coach Bernardo Rezende (current coach of the men’s
team) in 1999, after five years together.
Born in Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, on
October 24, 1970, Fernanda first played Volleyball at
the age of 11 for her city school. At the age of 15
she took the plunge to live by herself in the big city
of Sao Paulo to play for the Pao de Azucar club.
Two years later, she was playing in her first Olympic
Games for Brazil in Seoul 1988 as a spiker, but after
that tournament, the late coach Inaldo Manta moved her
to setter, where she found more success.
It is now 15 year’s on and Fernanda, 33, wants as
anniversary present in the way of the World Cup, which
she has never won and she believes Brazil can do it.
“I came back to Volleyball because I know we can win
this title, I am not going to just take a ride to
Japan, I want to win,” she said. “My major problem
will be having to be away so long from my daughter
Julia, but that is the price I have to pay to make my
wish come true and get the title and the Olympic
qualification to Athens”.
“We are heading in the right way for the title, our
first match against China will be the key to it all.”
The 10-time Brazilian club champion is joined in Japan
by three other veterans and Olympic medalists, Ana
Moser (now technical assistant), Virna Dias and setter
Helia Souza Fofao.
“My concern goes now to help the young players, give
them my experience and composure.”
1988 Seoul Olympic 6th place
1990 World Championship 7th place
1991 S. American Championship Gold Medal
1991 World Cup 8th place
1992 Barcelona Olympic 4th place
1993 World Grand Prix Gold Medal - (Best Setter)
1993 S. American Championship Silver Medal
1994 World Grand Prix Gold Medal (Best Setter)
1994 World Championship Silver Medal
1994 Super Top Four Silver Medal
1995 World Grand Prix Silver Medal
1995 S. American Championship Gold Medal
1995 World Cup Silver Medal
1996 Atlanta Olympic Bronze Medal
1996 World Grand Prix Gold Medal
1997 S. American Championship Gold Medal
1997 W. Grand Champions Cup Bronze Medal
1998 World Championship 4th place