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World League 2009
20th Edition

 BRA / Brazil - Team Composition

Team manager Antonio Marcos Lerbach
Head coach Bernardo Rocha de Rezende
Assistant coach Roberley Luiz Leonaldo
Doctor Alvaro Chamecki
Therapist / trainer Guilherme de Britto Pereira Tenius
Journalist Felipe Costa Barros
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Bruno Mossa Rezende Bruno 2/07/1986 190 76 323 302 FUNVIC TAUBATÉ
  2   Raphael Vieira de Oliveira Raphael 14/06/1979 190 82 330 306 Funvic Taubaté
  3 Eder Carbonera Eder 19/10/1983 205 107 360 330 SESI-SP
  4   Leandro Araújo da Silva L. Araujo 17/12/1983 205 94 354 330 Sada Cruzeiro
  5 Sidnei Dos Santos Jr. Sidão 9/07/1982 203 98 344 318 SESI
  6   Leandro Vissotto Neves Vissotto 30/04/1983 212 108 370 345 JT Thunders
  C 7 Gilberto Godoy Filho Giba 23/12/1976 192 85 325 312 Cimed/Sky
  8   Murilo Endres Murilo 3/05/1981 190 76 343 319 SESI-SP
  9 Leonardo Cruz Miranda Leo Mineiro 10/03/1982 198 93 315 303 SESI
  L 10   Sérgio Dutra Santos Sérgio 15/10/1975 184 78 325 310 SESI
  11 Thiago Soares Alves Thiago 26/07/1986 194 98 330 308 RJX
  12   Joao Paulo De Figueiredo Tavares Joao Paulo 30/03/1983 205 95 332 327 CIMED SKY
  13 Tiago Enrique Barth Tiago Barth 13/06/1988 209 100 345 330 SESC-RJ
  14   Rodrigo Santana Rodrigão 17/04/1979 205 85 350 328 Al-Rayyan
  15 Rodrigo do Nascimento Pinto Rivaldo 20/02/1980 202 98 328 318 Pineto
  16   Lucas Saatkamp Lucas 6/03/1986 209 101 340 321 Funvic Taubaté
  17 Marlon Yared Marlon 27/07/1977 190 80 315 304 VIVO/MINAS
  18   João Paulo Bravo Pereira Bravo 7/01/1979 190 87 340 320 Arkas Spor Kulubu
  L 19 Mario Da Silva Pedreira Junior Mario 3/05/1982 192 91 330 321 Funvic Taubaté
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

After winning the FIVB World League six times in the past, Brazil was disappointed to have finished fourth in last year's edition of the event, held on home turf in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil is looking to bounce back in 2009 by winning its seventh title, and will be hoping history repeats itself in the finals, which are being held in Belgrade, Serbia, the same location Brazil won gold in 2005.

The current Brazilian squad features a number of new faces after some great veterans retired following a silver-medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This tournament will be the first opportunity for the new group to show the power and depth of Brazilian Volleyball.

Longtime head coach Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed Bernardinho, is still at the helm, and will be aiming to win his fifth FIVB World League title with the Men's National Team.

Bernardinho is the most successful coach in FIVB World League history, having coached 114 matches with only 10 losses.

Coach profile

Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed "Bernardinho," was born in Rio de Janeiro. The 49-year-old was in charge of the Women's National Team from 1994-2000, and in 2001 became head coach of the Brazilian Men's National Team.

Rezende played Volleyball from 1979-1986 in Rio de Janeiro. As a player, he won the bronze medal in the 1981 World Cup in Japan and silver medals at the FIVB World Championship in Argentina in 1982 and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In 1988, he stopped playing to work as assistant coach to Bebeto de Freitas at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Two years later, he became the head coach of the Perugia Women's team in Italy, where he stayed until 1992. In 1993, still in Italy, he took charge of Modena. By the end of that season, Rezende returned to Brazil and in 1994 started his victorious work as head coach of the Brazilian Women.

That year, Brazil placed second in the World Championship and won the World Grand Prix. In 1996, the team won the bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games and the gold medal at the World Grand Prix. In 1998 Rezende led the Brazilians to a South American title, earned qualification for the World Championship and won bronze in the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

In 1999, Bernardinho won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, a silver medal in the World Grand Prix, gold in the South American Championship for the third time, and bronze at the World Cup. In 2000, he led Brazil to third place in the World Grand Prix and at the Olympic Games in Sydney.

After this success Rezende accepted the challenge of leading the Brazilian Men in 2001. The choice could not have been better. Bernardinho led the team to memorable victories including first place in the 2001 and 2003 editions of the World League and the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship.

In 2003, Bernardinho’s star shone even stronger. He guided the team to titles in the World League and the World Cup, and bronze at the Pan American Games in Dominican Republic.

In July 2004, Brazil claimed their fourth World League title. In August, the team won its second Olympic gold medal, in Athens. Bernardinho returned at the end of the year to the Superliga to coach Rexona-Ade.

In 2005, still coaching the Brazilian Men, he earned another four international medals: gold in the World League, gold at the South American Championship and gold at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. He also won silver at the America's Cup.

In 2006, Bernardinho won the World League for the fifth time, and the FIVB World Championship for the second time.

The success didn't let up in 2007, with victories in the World League, the World Cup, the Pan American Games and the South American Championship. He also led a young team to second place at the America's Cup.

Last year, Bernardinho steered the team to fourth in the World League and another Olympic medal, this time silver.


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