The 43-year-old Bernardo "Bernardinho"
Rezende was appointed head coach of Brazil's
national team in 2001. Under his expert
leadership, Brazil has become the world's leading
superpower, winning the World Championship in
Argentina in 2002 and both the World League and
the World Cup in 2003.
A former player, Rezende
was a member of the Brazilian squad that won
silver medals at the 1982 World Championship in
Argentina and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He
played in the setter position.
He retired in 1988 to become assistant coach of
the national team ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Two years later he moved to Italy to coach a
women's club in Perugia. In 1993 he took charge of
the Modena club and a year later he returned home
to be named as head coach of the national women's
team. In '94, he coached his squad to second place
at the World Championship and to the victory at
the World Grand Prix. while two years later the
team won the bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and
the World Grand Prix again and finished third at
Now in charge of the men's team Rezende is
enjoying a fruitful time to say the least. Having
shown great form in the 2003 World League and the
South American Continental Championship, which
they duly won, Rezende's men went on to secure
victory at the World Cup in Japan and in doing so
reached the top spot on the FIVB world ranking
list. Next up is a 2004 World League title defence
and the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.