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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Brazil is the most successful team in the World Grand
Prix having won eight titles, including a joint-record (with
USA) three successive titles from 2004 to 2006, and 14
medals in total. Since coach José Roberto Guimarães –
an Olympic champion in Barcelona 1992 with the men’s
national team – was appointed in 2003, the world No.
2
has won the World Grand Prix gold five times (2004,
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
and silver three times (2010,
2011, 2012).
In fact, they have been a success machine across all
tournaments from that date with a South American
Championships and World Cup silver in 2003 soon
followed by a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympic
Games. They won the Montreux Volley Masters, the South
American Championships, the Grand Champions Cup and
the Courmayeur Tournament in 2005 before losing to
Russia in the 2006 World Championship final. In 2007,
Brazil won silver behind Cuba at the Pan-American Games
and failed to win the World Grand Prix for the first time
since Zé Roberto took charge by finishing fifth however
a year later Brazil were crowned Olympic champions in
Beijing. They maintained this form in 2009 to win the
Montreux Volley Masters, the Pan-American Cup, the Final
Four tournament and the South American Championships.
Another silver at the 2010 World Championships at
the hands of Russia was followed by gold at the Pan-
American Cup, South American Championships and Pan-
American Games in 2011.
COACH
José Roberto Guimarães has
coached Brazil’s women’s national
team since 2003. He played on
the Brazil team that finished
seventh in the 1976 Olympic. He
started coaching in 1988 with the
Eletropaulo women’s team before
becoming coach of the men’s national team that won
gold at the Barcelona Olympics. In his first year coaching
the women’s team, he led Brazil to gold at the South
American Championship and a second place finish at
the World Cup. His team has gone on to win a number
of major titles since including two Olympic gold medals
(
Beijing (2008) and London (2012)) making him the first
Brazilian coach to win three Olympic gold medals. In
2008
he was named ‘Coach of the Year’ for team sports
in Brazil and in 2012 received a set of awards, which
included ‘Brazilian Head Coach of the Year’.
BRAZIL
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
2
LAST RESULT
2
nd
2012
BEST RESULT
1
st
2009
8
x
8 5 1 14
LAST:
Week 1
A
Week 2
G
Week 3
K
POOLS
Brazil are the current two-time Olympic champions
following their gold medal in London in 2012 and head
into the World Grand Prix having won the Montreux
Volley Masters for a record sixth time. The World No. 2
will start as favourites since they still have the majority of
their big names on board with only the powerful pin-up
Jaqueline and Paula Pequeno missing.