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Team manager José Elias Proença
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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Walewska Oliveira Walewska 01.10.1979 190 73 310 290 C. A. V. Murcia
4   Paula Pequeno PAULA 22.01.1982 184 74 302 285 FENERBAHCE
5 Caroline Gattaz Carol Gattaz 27.07.1981 191 87 304 280 UNILEVER
6   Thaisa Menezes Thaisa 15.05.1987 196 79 316 301 Molico/Nestlé
C 7 Helia Rogerio De Souza Pinto Fofão 10.03.1970 173 65 283 264 Unilever Volei
8   Josefa Almeida de Sousa Alves Fabiola 03.02.1983 183 79 292 277 Molico/Nestlé
9 Fabiana Claudino Fabiana 24.01.1985 193 76 314 293 SESI - SP
10   Welissa Gonzaga SASSÁ 09.09.1982 179 76 300 287 Sesi/SP
12 Jaqueline Pereira De Carvalho Endres Jaque 31.12.1983 186 70 302 286 SOLLYS/NESTLÉ
13   Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli Sheilla 01.07.1983 185 64 302 284 Molico/Nestlé
L 14 Fabiana Oliveira Fabí 07.03.1980 169 59 276 266 Unilever Volei
16   Natalia Pereira Natália 04.04.1989 183 76 300 288 Volei Amil
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

The female Brazilian volleyball team starts 2006 trying to keep its good results. In last season, Brazil won four competitions: Montreux Volley Masters, Courmayeur Tournament, Pan-American Cup and Grand Prix, for the sixth time. Besides that, they got the silver medal in World Championship.

 

Coached by José Roberto Guimarães since 2003, the Brazilian team obtained good results. In 2003, they got a gold medal at the South-American Championship, and a silver medal in the World Cup.

 

In the folloowing season, they got the title, in the World Grand Prix, and the fourth place in Olympic Games. In 2005, they won the Montreux Volley Masters, the Grand Prix, the South-American Championship, the World Championship Cup and the Courmayeur Tournament.

 

In 2007, the female Brazilian team started with four friendly matches against Serbia and won it all. After that, the team played the Pan-American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Until the finals, Brazil won all the matches for 3 sets 0, but at the last match it was beaten by Cuba during the tie-break, and finished it with the silver medal. The last competition was the Word Grand Prix. Without the setter Fofão and the middle-blocker Walewska, the most experiences players, Brazil finished the championship in fifth place.

 

With the title at the South American Championship, in Santiago, held Chile, Brazil will play the World Cup, in Nagoya, Japan. The purpose is just one: stand up in the podium, in order to go to the Olympics Games, in Beijing, next year.  

 

Brazil has never won the Word Cup title.  However, it has three medals in the competition history: was second place in 1995 and 2003; and it was third place in 1999. This one more motivation for the Brazilian team.

 

José Roberto Guimarães was born in Quintana, a city 500Km away from São Paulo. His career as a player started in 1967 playing for Randi Esporte in Santo André. This team changed its name for Aramaçan and later to Pirelli, where Zé Roberto played as a setter from 1979 to 1982.

“Maybe that was the reason why I became a coach. The setter is that player that keeps contact with all the team. It is easier for him to get used to the attack style of other players, who gives him a better vision of the game and creates a closer relationship between the setter and the coach”, explained Zé Roberto.

After Pirelli, the Brazilian head coach played for Olímpico (1982), Atlético Mineiro (1983), Paulistano (1984), Banespa (85/86), Transbrasil (87) and ended up his career playing for Asbac (1988).

As a National Team player, Zé Roberto won the gold medal in the South American Championship twice (73 and 75) and finished in seventh place in the Olympic Games of Montreal (1976).

In 1988, Zé Roberto started his career as a coach, training Eletropaulo women’s team. In the following three years, he worked for Pão de Açúcar. Meanwhile (89/90), Mr. Guimarães was the assistant coach of Mr. Bebeto de Freitas at the Men’s Brazilian National team. In 1991, he started to coach the Youth and Junior categories, winning the silver medal in the Women’s World Championship.

In 1992, he achieved the most important title of his career: the gold medal in the Olympic Games of Barcelona, with the Brazilian Men’s Team. After that, he kept on winning medals and good results: first place in the Top Four (Japan/1991); first place in the World League (Brasil/1993) and first in the South American Championship (1993); bronze medal in the World League (1994) and 5th place in the World Championship (Greece/1994); silver medal in the World League (1995), gold in the South American Championship (1995) and bronze in the World Cup (Japan/1995); third place in the World League (1996) and 5th in the Olympic Games of Atlanta (1996).

After finishing his cycle in the National team, Zé Roberto started to coach Banespa men’s team, where he won the gold medal at the Superliga 96/97 – the Brazilian Championship. After that, he coached Dayvit, a women’s team, ending Superliga in 5th place. In the following season he left the courts and worked as a volleyball and football manager.

Zé Roberto was back at volleyball in 2001 to coach BCN/Osasco, and during this season he was second place at the Superliga Championship.

In 2003, Zé Roberto started to work as the head of the Brazilian Women’s National Team. At the same year he won the South American Championship and was became second place at the World Cup.

In 2004, the team won the gold medal in the Grand Prix, and finished in fourth place in the Olympic Games. At the Superliga, José Roberto Guimarães conquered the gold medal coaching Finasa/Osasco.

During the 2005 season, the Brazilian National female team conquered all its tournaments. The first gold came in the Courmayeur Championship, in Italy. After that, the first place in the Montreux Volley Masters, in Switzerland. The main title was the Grand Prix: the team won its fifth title, and Paula was chosen the best player. Brazil also won the Qualification Tournament to the 2006 World Championship, the South American Championship and the World Grand Champions Cup.

In 2006, Mr. Guimarães’ team kept winning. Brazil was first place in the Courmayeur Championship, the Montreux Volley Masters, the Pan-American Cup, and the Grand Prix. After that, he was second place in the World Championship in Japan.         

This year, the brazilian team was silver medal in Pan-American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After this competition, the team went to Grand Prix and finished it in the fifth place.