Brazil have been one of the strongest teams in volleyball history and the world No. 1 will be eager to win back their World League crown after losing out to Russia in the 2011 final. Their recent success has coincided with Bernardinho's sparkling 11-year run as coach.
In 2003, he guided the team to the FIVB World League and the FIVB World Cup and, in 2004, Brazil claimed their fourth FIVB World League title and second Olympic gold medal. They won the FIVB World League again in 2005 and took gold at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup later in the year. After winning the FIVB World League in 2006, as well as the FIVB World Championship title, they followed up by winning the FIVB World League and FIVB World Cup in 2007.
Their run of success was halted in 2008, but they took the FIVB World League again in 2009 and 2010, in addition to the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. They capped off 2010 by winning the FIVB World Championship in Italy before adding a silver medal in the 2011 FIVB World League. The 2011 World Cup was a disappointing outing by Brazil’s standards as they struggled, eventually edging bronze and a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will hope to use this year’s World League to build momentum as they aim for a third Olympic gold after being denied by USA in 2008.