Portugal is set to begin a new era at the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League as new coach Flavio Gulinelli takes over from Juan Diaz Marino. The country has seen moderate success on the continental stage in recent years. They hosted the Final Four of the European League in 2009 and took the bronze medal, but 2010 far exceeded that.
Portugal achieved their best ever record: in 20 official matches, Portugal won 18 and lost only two, and triumphed in the European League with a 3-1 win over Spain. Portugal participated in the World League for the first time in 1999 and shocked everyone as they beat Cuba and pushed Argentina and France. In the 2005 World League, Portugal achieved their best ever result, finishing fifth and beating Brazil in straight sets. In 2006, under the direction of Brazilian Francisco dos Santos, Portugal participated in their seventh World League, and a year later they hosted the Final Four of the European League when they came close to claiming their first international trophy, but ended up losing 3-2 to Spain in the final.
Last year they returned to the World League, but after a strong start with wins over Serbia and Finland, they failed to progress, finishing 14th.