Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed "Bernardinho," was born in
Rio de Janeiro. The 53-year-old was in charge of the Women's National
Team from 1994-2000, and in 2001 became head coach of the Brazilian Men's
Volleyball from 1979-1986 in Rio de Janeiro. As a player, he won the bronze
medal in the 1981 World Cup in Japan and silver medals at the FIVB World
Championship in Argentina in 1982 and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
In 1988, he
stopped playing to work as assistant coach of
Bebeto de Freitas at the Olympic Games in Seoul. Two years later, he became the
head coach of the Perugia Women's team in Italy, where he stayed until 1992. In
1993, still in Italy, he took charge of Modena. By the end of that season,
Rezende returned to Brazil and in 1994 started his victorious work as head
coach of the Brazilian Women.
Brazil placed second in the World Championship and won the World Grand Prix. In
1996, the team won the bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games and the gold
medal at the World Grand Prix. In 1998 Rezende led the Brazilians to a South
American title, earned qualification for the World Championship and won bronze
in the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.
Bernardinho won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, a silver
medal in the World Grand Prix, gold in the South American Championship for the
third time, and bronze at the World Cup. In 2000, he led Brazil to third place
in the World Grand Prix and at the Olympic Games in Sydney.
After this success
Rezende accepted the challenge of leading the Brazilian Men in 2001. The choice
could not have been better. Bernardinho led the team to memorable victories
including first place in the 2001 and 2003 editions of the World League and the
gold medal at the 2002 World Championship.
Bernardinho’s star shone even stronger. He guided the team to titles in the
World League and the World Cup, and bronze at the Pan American Games in
In July 2004,
Brazil claimed their fourth World League title. In August, the team won its
second Olympic gold medal, in Athens. Bernardinho returned at the end of the
year to the Superliga to coach Rexona-Ades.
In 2005, still
coaching the Brazilian Men, he earned another four international medals: gold in
the World League, gold at the South American Championship and gold at the FIVB
World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. He also won silver at the America's Cup.
Bernardinho won the World League for the fifth time, and the FIVB World
Championship for the second time.
didn't let up in 2007, with victories in the World League, the World Cup, the
Pan American Games and the South American Championship. He also led a young
team to second place at the America's Cup.
Brazil failed in the most important tournaments of the season, finishing second
in Beijing Olympic Games and fourth in the World League, which Final Round was
played in Rio de Janeiro.
however, the coach commanded a renewed team that won the World League, the
World Grand Champions Cup and the South American Championship.
Brazil started the season winning the ninth title of the World League,
overcoming the Italian record. In the end of the year, Bernardo his third World
Championship title with Brazil.
Rezende led the Brazilian national team winning the silver medal in the World
League title and the South American Championship. In the end of the year,
Brazil assured its spot in London Olympic Games by finishing third in the World
In the London Olympic Games leaded Brazil to
the final that was won by Russia in an emotional game ended in five sets.