FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Portugal made its first appearance in the World League
in 1999, achieving its best result ever in the 2005
edition of the World League when it finished in fifth
place. Under the leadership of former Cuban head
coach, Juan Diaz, Portugal also qualified for the World
League in 2001 and placed eighth in the 2002 World
In 2006, under coach Francisco dos Santos, Portugal
participated for the seventh time in the World League.
The following year, Portugal hosted the Final Four of the
European League and was very close to claiming its first
international trophy but lost 3-2 in the final to Spain.
Coach Juan Diaz returned in 2009 and looking for more
dynamism and ambition, introduced fresh blood into
the team. The year 2010 was a stellar one for Portugal
as it participated in the qualification for the 2010World
Championship, ranking first in their pool. They ranked
second in the European League in their group, which
allowed them to step up to third place on the podium.
The team closed the season with its best record, with
wins and two losses in 20 games.
Italian Flavio Gulinelli became
coach of the Portugal men’s
national team in 2012, with the
goal of leading the country to
the top table of world volleyball.
Gulinelli started his professional
career as a coach in 1989 with Italian club Maxicono
Parma. His first international role came in 1996 when
he was assistant coach of the Italian national team,
who he helped to the 1997 World League title, the
World Championship and bronze at the 1997
European Championships. He returned to club level
for a few years before taking on the role of technical
assistant for the Brazil team from 2002 to 2004. In
he was named coach of the Austrian men’s team.