World League 2005 News
Brazil prepare to defend title

April 18, 2005 - Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende has announced that his squad for the 2005 World League will gather at the Volleyball Development Center in Rio de Janeiro on April 25 to start preparing for the defence of their title.

The Olympic and world champions are red hot favourites to take their third successive World League title and fourth in five years, and Bernardinho will no doubt leave no stone unturned in his quest to keep Brazil’s magic form – which has seen them win every men’s international Volleyball title available since 2002 – running.

Seven players: Marcelinho, Henrique, Rodrigão, Murilo, Dante, André and João Paulo will be involved in the first training sessions before Giba and Ricardinho arrive one week later.

"This session signals the beginning of training for the international season,” Bernardinho said. “Other sessions will be carried out subsequently".

Brazil have another busy schedule in 2005 despite not having to participate in the early rounds of the 2006 World Championship due to their status as defending champions. Their calendar this year sees them defend their World League title from May 27 to July 10 before contesting the Copa America (August 2-7) in Brazil; the South American Championship (September 13-18) in Brazil as well and the World Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan.

Pic: Brazil on the winner's podium in Rome last year
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