|After the sixth place in the Sydney Olympic Games, the Brazilian men’s national team underwent some important changes ahead of the 2001 season. Mr. Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed Bernardinho, who had spent six years coaching the women’s national team, was chosen to be the head coach of the Brazilian men’s national team. In the first season with Bernardinho, the team conquered three gold medals (World League, America’s Cup and South American Championship) and one silver medal (World Grand Champions Cup). In 2002, Brazil finished second in the World League after losing the title at home in the match against Russia. But in that same season, they conquered the World Championship for the first time ever.
The beginning of the 2003 season was very special for the World Champions. In an exciting final match against Serbia and Montenegro, Brazil won the World League gold medal for the third time, beating its opponent 3-2 in Madrid. After that, the team was defeated by Venezuela in the semifinal of the Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and ended up with the bronze in the competition. However, the Brazilian squad beat Venezuela by 3-0 in the South American Championship final only one month later. That year ended with Brazil conquering the last title it had not won yet: the World Cup’s, in Japan.
In 2004, Bernardinho led the Brazilian team to a fourth title of the World League. In August, the Brazilian men's team won the second Olympic gold medal of its history, which happened in Athens in 2004 (the first one was conquered in Barcelona in 1992). In the final, Brazil beat Italy 3-1.
In the 2005 season, the Olympic Champion conquered four medals. In the final match against Serbia and Montenegro, Brazil won another gold medal in the World League, beating its opponent 3-1. After that, the team became second in the America’s Cup, defeated by the United States in the final. Then in the South American Championship, Brazil conquered its 25th title, winning all matches and losing just one set. To end this great season, Bernardo Rezende’s team secured the gold medal in the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. During the year 2006, the Brazilian team won a sixth title in the World League and a second title in the World Championship.
Mr. Bernardo Rocha de Rezende, nicknamed “Bernardinho”, was born in Rio de Janeiro. The 46 year-old was in charge of the women’s national team from 1994 to 2000, and in 2001 he took a new challenge as he became in charge of the Brazilian senior men's national team. Mr. Rezende played volleyball from 1979 to 1986, in Rio de Janeiro. As a player, he won the bronze medal in the World Cup in Japan in 1981, the silver medal in the World Championship in Argentina in 1982 and in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.
In 1988, he stopped playing to work as assistant to head coach Bebeto de Freitas on the occasion of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Two years later, he became head coach of the women’s team from Peruggia, Italy, where he stayed until 1992. In 1993, still in Italy, he was in charge of the Modena team. By the end of that season, Mr. Rezende returned to Brazil and in 1994 started his successful work as head coach of the Brazilian national women’s team. That same year, Brazil finished second in the World Championship and won the World Grand Prix. In 1996, the team won the bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and also took the gold medal in the Grand Prix.
In 1998, Mr. Rezende lead the Brazilian team to a South American title, and won the World Championship Qualifier and the bronze medal in the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. In 1999, Bernardinho won the gold medal in the Pan-American Games, in Winnipeg, the silver in the World Grand Prix, the gold in the South American Championship for the third time and the bronze in the World Cup. In 2000, he led Brazil to the third place at both the World Grand Prix and the Sydney Olympic Games.
In Superliga, the Brazilian national championship, Bernardinho won the gold medal twice (97/98, 99/00) as Rexona’s head coach. After all those important results and six years of taking care of the women players, Mr. Bernardo decided to search for a new challenge and was chosen to lead the Brazilian men's national team in 2001. There could not have been a better choice. Bernardinho led the team to memorable victories such as the first place in the World League (2001 and 2003) and the gold medal in the World Championship (2002). In 2003, Bernardinho’s star shone even stronger than the first seasons. Once again he was the one in charge of the team who won the World League, in Madrid and the World Cup, in Japan. The coach also won the bronze medal in the Pan-American Games, in the Dominican Republic.
In July 2004, Bernardinho led the Brazilian team to its fourth title in the World League. In August, Brazil won the second Olympic gold medal of the history of men's volleyball, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. At the end of the year, Bernardinho returned to Superliga, the Brazilian national championship, to act as head coach of Rexona-Ades. The setter of Rexona-Ades was Fernanda Venturini, Bernardinho’s wife. The couple has a daughter, named Julia.
In 2005, coaching the Brazilian men’s team, he managed to secure four other international medals: another gold in the World League, in the South American Championship and the World Grand Champions Cup, in Japan. He also won the silver in the America Cup. In 2006, he led the Brazilian team to a sixth title in the World League and a second in the World Championship.
Teams he coached:
Peruggia - 1989,90 and 91
Modena (men) - 1992 and 93
Rexona - from 1997 to 2001
Rexona-Ades – since 2004
Teams in which he played:
Fluminense - 1972 to 80
Atlântica Boavista (Bradesco) - 1980 to 86
Flamengo - 1987/88
Vasco - 1989
Titles as a player:
1981 – Bronze in the World Cup
1982- Silver in the World Championship
1982 – World champion
1983 - Pan-American Games champion
1984 – Silver in the Olympic Games, Los Angeles
1981, 83, 85 – Three time South American champion