Porto, Portugal, August 31, 2012 – The Portuguese team travelling to Rotterdam for their first qualification matches of World League 2013 is bringing a fresh look to the competition, with a new coach and a roster full of new players. One to watch is Alexandre Ferreira.
Portugal’s national team is in the midst of a thorough renewal that started this year when some of the squad’s most experienced players retired and new Italian coach Flavio Gulinelli was brought on board.
Of the players who helped the team achieve its most significant results in past years (eighth in the 2002 World League and fifth in the 2005 World League), only Rui Santos, Marco Ferreira, André Lopes and João José remain. José has been team captain since 2004 and is on his way to participating in his 10th World League edition.
The team hopes that victory in the 2010 European League was an indication of the new team spirit emerging among the younger stars on this incarnation of the national team.
One of the new generation’s top prospects is Alexandre Ferreira, Marco Ferreira’s younger brother. He has been considered a rising star in Portugal since his first appearance in the Gira-Volei – FPV‘s development programme. In addition to playing for the national team he will appear in the Italian League for the 2012/2013 season.
“My career in volleyball started in Gira-Volei, where I really gained my love for the game, and where volleyball is taught in its mosts simplified way,” said Ferreira. “That love grew with me, and it made me want to develop myself in volleyball. During my evolution as a player, I took part in the youth and junior teams which ran permanent training camps, and kept me on a path that made me want new challenges which allowed me to achieve my main goal, reaching the senior national team.”
At the club level, the Portuguese wing spiker has already become a national champion this past year and will climb another step next year as he debuts in the Italian League.
“I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a great team [SC Espinho], filled with great players, some of who are part of world and Portuguese volleyball history,” said Ferreira. “The players and coaches formed a united group with a common goal, and that’s the key to success. My performances with SC Espinho as with the National Team allowed me to receive some good opportunities. The most challenging one is definitively the opportunity to be part of an Italian League club, one of the strongest and most prestigious leagues in the world.”
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|My career in volleyball started in Gira-Volei, where I really gained my love for the game, and where volleyball is taught in its mosts simplified way. That love grew with me, and it made me want to develop myself in volleyball|
Alexandre Ferreira, Marco Ferreira’s younger brother, has been considered a rising star in Portugal since his first appearance in the Gira-Volei – Portugal‘s development programme