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André Nascimento

André Nascimento is one of Brazil's shining lights. As one of the best spikers in the business he is already an integral part of the world-class Brazilian side despite his 24 years. 

The left-arm wing-spiker hit the international scene in 2001 when, in his first appearance in the World League, he walked away with the Best Spiker award and a winner's medal after the "Boys of Brazil" had beaten Italy. And at last year's World Championships he outclassed all comers and finished top of the Spiker rankings again.

He can attack from anywhere and above all, he is incredibly consistent. At last year's World League finals, in the Brazilian cities of Belo Horizonte and Recife, he again proved to be a reliable lethal weapon for the home side finishing as the fourth best spiker and the sixth best scorer. 

Nascimento, who has 112 games behind him on the international circuit, has proved he can match it with the big boys, spiking with deadly accuracy both on the international circuit and in the highly competitive Greek competition where he plays for Panathinaikos.

With age on his side, he's going to be one of Brazil's major stars for years to come and there's no doubt the World Cup this year will be another perfect stage for him to shine.