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Brazil


 

      

Brazil  (Scroll down for Spanish)
Brazil has been the South American No. 1 power since 1951 when they won the continent's championship for the first time. The winning streak continues and South America is yet to produce a team capable of challenging the unprecedented dominance of the country that has claimed the continental title for 23 consecutive times.

The country's Volleyball excellence, however, has a far greater reach. The Brazilians competed at the World Championship for the first time in 1956 in France and finished eleventh. And while it took some time for them to catch up with the leading Volleyball nations, from the 1978 championship in Italy onwards, Brazil has always been among the world's best.

At the 1982 Worlds in Argentina, they won the silver medal, then finished fourth three times in a row in France, 1986, Brazil, 1990, and 1998 in Japan before finally collecting gold for the first time in Argentina in 2002 when they beat Russia 3-2 in a nail-biting and dramatic final.

The team put on an outstanding performance there as a complete unit, but also had its stars, among them Andre Nascimento who was awarded the best spiker of the tournament and Maurico Lima who became the best setter. The World Championship victory was yet another prize for Brazil's impressive collection of major international titles.

In 1992, Brazil won the Olympic tournament in Barcelona after they had also won the silver medal earlier in Los Angeles in 1984. They also have an impressive record at the World Cup having only missed one tournament - the first in 1965 - and recording a best finish of third in 1981 and 1995.

Brazil is also one of the countries to have participated in all editions of the World League. Head coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende, who took over the national squad in 2001, led Brazil to victory in the prestigious competition in the same year and 2003 and although his team produced more of the same magic in 2002 when the finals were held in Brazil, they missed out on the prize in the final to Russia.

But as world champions and world league title holdersBrazil are definitely one of the favourites to add the World Cup title to their collection and gain early qualification to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
 
Brasil - Spanish
Brasil ha sido el número uno de Sudamérica desde 1951 cuando ganaron el torneo continental por primera vez. La racha victoriosa continúa y Sudamérica es todavía capaz de producir un equipo apto para los grandes retos, que ha conquistado la corona por 23 veces consecutivas. La excelencia voleibolística de este país tiene sin embargo un alcance mucho mayor. Los brasileños compitieron por primera vez en un Campeonato Mundial en Francia en 1956 y terminaron undécimos. Y mientras intentaban incluirse dentro de las naciones líderes en este deporte, desde el torneo en Italia en 1978 Brasil siempre estuvo dentro de los mejores del mundo. En el Campeonato Mundial 1982 de Argentina ganaron la medalla de plata, y luego terminaron tres veces en el cuarto puesto en Francia 1986, Brasil 1990 y Japón 1998, para finalmente obtener el máximo triunfo por primera vez en Argentina el año pasado, donde vencieron a Rusia 3-2 en una dramática final que selló la conquista del título mundial. El equipo realizó una campaña extraordinaria como un sólido conjunto, pero también tuvo rutilantes estrellas como Andre Nascimento que fue premiado como el mejor atacante del torneo, y Mauricio Lima, el mejor levantador. La victoria brasileña en el Campeonato Mundial fue uno de los tantos premios de la nutrida colección auriverde. En 1992 los brasileños ganaron el torneo olímpico en Barcelona tras lograr la medalla de plata en Los Ángeles 1984. Brasil es también uno de los países que ha participado en todas las ediciones de la Copa del Mundo. El técnico principal Bernardo "Bernardino" Rezende, quien tomó el control del equipo nacional en el 2001, condujo a los brasileños hacia el éxito en ese mismo año, repitiendo la faena con sus mágicas presentaciones el año pasado en la final realizada en Brasil. Y pese a que finalmente cayeron ante Rusia en la lucha por el título, su campaña estuvo lejos de ser decepcionante. Brasil ya ha ganado la Liga Mundial en 1993 y nuevamente es uno de los favoritos para la edición 2003.
Recent records

South American Men's Continental Championship in Brazil (September) finished first

Brazil beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-22)
Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19)
Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-13)
Brazil beat Chile 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13)

Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic (August) finished third

Play-off for third: Brazil beat USA 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-20)
Semifinal: Brazil lost to Venezuela 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12)
Brazil beat Cuba 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 29-27)
Brazil beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22)
Brazil beat Canada 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 27-25)

World League (May-July, 2003) finished first

Final: Brazil beat Serbia and Montenegro 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 31-29)
Semifinal: Brazil beat the Czech Republic 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-18)
Final Round: Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (31-29, 25-21, 17-25, 25-23)
Final Round: Brazil beat Russia 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-15)
Final Round: Brazil beat Bulgaria 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-11)
Intercontinental Round
Brazil beat Portugal 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18)
Brazil beat Portugal 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19)
Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-21)
Brazil lost to Italy 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-19)
Brazil beat Germany 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)
Brazil beat Germany 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25 21-25, 15-9)
Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-15)
Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-22)
Brazil lost to Italy 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 16-14)
Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23)
Brazil beat Germany 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-13, 25-14)
Brazil beat Germany 3-0 (25-15, 29-27, 25-19)
 
World Cup record

1999 - Fifth
1995 - Third
1991 - Sixth
1989 - Fifth
1985 - Fourth
1981 - Third
1977 - Eighth
1969 - Sixth