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  World Grand Prix 2005
 BRA / Brazil - Team Composition
Team manager Mr. Angelo Vercesi
Head coach Mr. José Guimarães
Assistant coach Mr. Paulo Barros Jr.
Doctor Mr. Andre Baptista
Therapist / trainer Mr. Claudio Pinheiro
Journalist Mr. Erich Onida
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
2 Raquel Peluci Silva Raquel 30.04.1978 191 69 300 282 Zareciye Tsovo
3   Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli Sheilla 01.07.1983 185 64 302 284 Athletes Unlimited
5 Caroline De Oliveira Saad Gattaz Carol Gattaz 27.07.1981 192 78 315 299 Minas Tenis Clube
6   Katia Rodrigues Katia 17.05.1979 182 64 304 290 Rexona Ades
C 8 Valeska Menezes Valeskinha 23.04.1976 180 62 302 290 Unilever Volei
9   Carolina Albuquerque Carol 25.07.1977 182 76 289 279 SESI - SP
10 Welissa Gonzaga Sassá 09.09.1982 179 76 300 287 Dentil Praia Clube
11   Marcelle Moraes Marcelle 17.10.1976 181 72 303 289 Giannino Pallavolo Voley
12 Jaqueline Pereira De Carvalho Endres Jaque 31.12.1983 186 70 302 286 Minas Tênis Clube
L 14   Fabiana Oliveira Fabí 07.03.1980 169 59 276 266 Rexona-Sesc
17 Renata Colombo Renatinha 25.02.1981 181 78 305 293 Rexona/Ades
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
The 2004 World Grand Prix champions Brazil have one important mission at the 2005 edition: to add to their collection of World Grand Prix titles, which at four (94, 96, 98 & 2004), currently makes them the most successful team in the competition.

Of the other teams, Russia has won the title three times but will not play in this year's competition, USA and Cuba twice and China once.

In 2004, Brazil progressed through the three-week preliminary round unbeaten, arriving in Italy as the hot favourite for the final round.

And despite losing one pool match to Cuba, the South Americans, using the experience of Fernanda Venturini, Virna and Erika, overcame a determined Italian side and passionate local crowd to win the final 3-1. Venturini was elected the best setter of the competition.

In 2005, following a disappointing fourth place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, coach Jose Guimaraes has introduced a lot of younger players that he will be looking to develop and expose in an effort to win back-to-back titles.

Brazil has played 11 times in the World Grand Prix; having won 92 games with 36 defeats, which at 71.88% is the most efficient success rate in Grand Prix history. Cuba is second, with 71.85%.

Overall Standings for Brazil
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
11 128 92 36 71.88
Jose Roberto Guimaraes is the only Brazilian coach to win an Olympic gold medal (Brazil men in Barcelona 1992). As a player, Guimaraes was twice South America champion in 1973 and '75 and finished seventh at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

He started coaching in 1988 and in 1989-90 he was the Brazilian men's assistant coach under Bebeto de Freitas.

In 1991 his teams were second at the Women's Youth and Girls Junior World Championships, followed by gold medal success with the senior men's team at the 1992 Olympics. He then won the World League in 1993 before finishing third at the 1994 World League and fifth at the World Championship in Greece.

In 1995 he finished second in the World League and third in the World Cup before finishing fifth at both the 1996 World League and the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Now, in 2005, he has been in charge of the women