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Brazil - Marco Aurélio Motta

Marco Aurélio Motta started to play Volleyball at the age of 14 for the Botafogo Club where he played for six years. In 1982 he began his career as a coach when Radmés Lattari (the former Botafogo coach at that time) asked him if he could substitute as youth category coach. In 1984, he was in charge of the Botafogo youth and senior teams where he achieved his first national title.

Also in 1984, Motta began to coach the youth and junior national teams. In 1985 his team finished fourth in the Junior World Championship and two years later Motta won his first international title in the Junior World Championship in Korea

In 1991, he led Rioforte to the Brazilian national championship, after which Motta went to Italy where he coached the national teams from 1991 to 1996. He was responsible for the biggest revival in Italian Volleyball and built the base of the current national team in the country.

In 2001 he accepted the invitation to head the Brazilian women's national team and proceeded to triumph at a World Championship qualifying tournament and the South American Championship in Argentina.

Last year's fourth placing in the World Grand Prix and seventh place finish in the World Championship in Germany  weren't the results Brazilian fans had come to expect but a third placing at the Montreux Masters earlier this year bodes well for Motta and his team.