José Roberto Guimarães (Zé Roberto), 49, is the
only Brazilian coach to win an
Olympic gold medal (Brazil's men's team in
Barcelona 1992) and currently
trains the Brazilian club champions Bradesco BCN.
As a player with Brazil, Guimaraes was twice South
America champion in 1973
and '75 and seventh at the Olympic Games in
He started coaching in 1988 and between1989-90 he
was assistant coach of the
Brazilian men's national team under Bebeto de
In 1991 his teams were second at the World
Championships in the Women's Youth
and Girls Junior categories, followed by a gold
medal success with the senior
team at the 1992 Olympics. He then took charge of
the Brazilian men’s team and
in 1993 became World League champion at home and
South American champion. In
1994 his team placed third in the World League and
fifth at the World
Championship in Greece.
In 1995 his lineup was second in the World League,
South American champion and
third in the World Cup in Japan before finishing
fifth at both the 1996 World
League and the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Now, Guimarães is three quarters of the way
through his rescue mission with the Brazilian
women's team. After a disappointing 2003 World
Grand Prix where Brazil finished 7th, Guimarães took hold of the reins
and guided them to an incredible second place
finish, and Olympic qualification, at the 2003
World Cup in Japan.
Now, he will looking for further improvement
from his charges the 2004 World Grand Prix ahead
of the Athens Games.