Bernardo Rezende


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The 44-year-old Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende was appointed head coach of Brazil's national team in 2001. Under his expert leadership, Brazil has become the world's leading superpower, winning the World Championship in Argentina in 2002, the World League title in 2003 and 2004, the World Cup in 2003 and the 2004 Olympic gold medal.

A former setter, Rezende was a member of the Brazilian squad that won silver medals at the 1982 World Championship in Argentina and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

He retired in 1988 to become assistant coach of the national menís team ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics where Brazil finished fourth. Two years later he moved to Italy to coach a women's club in Perugia. In 1993 he took charge of the Modena club and a year later he returned home to be named as head coach of the national women's team.

In '94, he coached the squad to second place at the Womenís World Championship and to victory at the World Grand Prix, before winning bronze two years later at the Atlanta Olympics and the World Grand Prix again (in 1996 and 1998) before finishing third at Sydney 2000.

Now in charge of the men's team the ultra passionate Bernardinho is enjoying a fruitful time to say the least. Having shown great form in the 2003 World League and the South American Continental Championship, which they duly won, Rezende's men went on to secure victory at the World Cup in Japan and in doing so reached the top spot on the FIVB world ranking list. After winning the 2004 World League title and gold at the Olympic Games, Rezende has further cemented his side at the top of menís Volleyball.

World League results (not including 2005)
Bernardinho Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
66 59 7 89.39