2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

 


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2005 edition
 
BRA/Brazil  

Brazilian volleyball, just like its culture and lifestyle, is full of passion and flavour and it is these qualities the women's national side will be counting on as they attack the 2004 World Grand Prix.

Brazil, ranked third in the world, are currently easing through a rebuilding phase and with that, they have attracted a lot of off court attention as the team looks to return to its glory days of the 1990s.

Following a seventh place finish at the 2003 World Grand Prix coach Marco Motta was replaced by José Roberto Lages Guimarães, an Olympic champion in Barcelona 1992 with the men's national team.

The first move by Guimarães was to bring back many players who had been away from the courts for a long time. Erika, Elisângela, Fernana Venturini, Fofão and Walewska and all helped the team to scoop silver at the 2003 World Cup. That fantastic result came on the back of the Brazilians winning the South American Championship in Colombia all of which means Brazil have jumped to third on the FIVB world ranking list.

In his team reshuffle, Guimarães didn't forget the new generation. He is also working with some young talent in the way of attackers Paula Pequeno and Sassá and the middle blockers Valeskinha and Fabiana Claudino. Fabiana, for example, won the gold medal at the 2003 Junior World Championships in Thailand where she received the best attacker award.

The Brazilian women’s team are determined to emulate the immense success their male counterparts are currently enjoying and on the basis of the quick progress made thus far, their collective ambition may soon be fulfilled.

Overall Standings for Brazil
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
10 115 80 35 69.57