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Brazil has been the South American No. 1 power since 1951 when they won the continent's championship for the first time. The winning streak continues and South America is yet to produce a team capable of challenging the unprecedented dominance of the country that has claimed the continental title 24 consecutive times. Brazil ended a spellbinding 2003 season ranked as the world’s best Volleyball team having won both the World League in Spain and the World Cup in Japan.

The country's Volleyball excellence, however, has a far greater reach. The Brazilians competed at the World Championship for the first time in 1956 in France and finished 11th. And while it took some time for them to catch up with the leading Volleyball nations, from the 1978 championship in Italy onwards, Brazil has always been among the world's best.

At the 1982 Worlds in Argentina, they won the silver medal, then finished fourth three times in a row in France, 1986, Brazil, 1990, and 1998 in Japan before finally collecting gold for the first time in Argentina in 2002 when they beat Russia 3-2 in a nail-biting and dramatic final. The team put on an outstanding performance there as a complete unit, but also had its stars, among them Andre Nascimento who was awarded the best spiker of the tournament and Maurico Lima who was named the best setter. The World Championship victory was yet another prize for Brazil's impressive collection of major international titles.

In 1992, Brazil won the Olympic tournament in Barcelona after they had also won the silver medal earlier in Los Angeles in 1984. They also have an impressive record at the World Cup having only missed one tournament - the first in 1965 - and collecting gold last year and two bronze medals in 1981 and 1995 in the process.  Brazil is also one of the countries to have participated in all editions of the World League. Head coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende, who took over the national squad in 2001, led Brazil to victory in the prestigious competition in the same year and in 2003 and although his team produced more of the same magic in 2002 when the finals were held in Brazil, they missed out on the prize in the final to Russia.

But as World Championship winners, World Cup and World League title holders Brazil are definitely one of the favourites going into both the 2004 World League and the Olympic Games, which follow soon after.

Prize Money
Brazil Total Prize money US$
10 276 880
Overall Standings for Brazil
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
14 233 171 62 73.4