STARTING PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES
RANKING 2000 - 2008
After a 1:3 defeat against RUS, BRA beat China (3:0) and Italy (3:1) in the preliminary round and so reached the final, where they lost a decisive final for the first time since the 2000 OG (1:3 against the USA).
Team in general
· Team formation with plenty of veteran, experienced players - 6 players (average age 28.5 years, 4 regular players from the OG 2004, only 2 players born after 1982); together with CHN by far „physically smallest“ team (average body height with libero 194 cm).
· Tactically systematically organised game in attack and defence – quick sets over longer distances (computer-assisted game control).
· With 78:22 % they prefer an above-average portion of jump serves (RUS, ITA <65 %) with current techniques and good tactical adaptation. With No 13 Endres ranking third very good direct effect (average by set 0.32)!
· Good, but not excellent reception; only No 10 Santos (libero) ranking sixth in the players’ ranking (69% success). Situational overhand reception and in bump.
· 3-player-formation against jump serve – occasionally 4-player formation, i. d. against No 13 Stanley (USA); mainly 2-player formation against float – here and there 3-player formation with immediate dissolution and take over by No 10 Santos!
Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2
· With setter No 2 Elgarten and both outside attackers BRA favours a variable play over the outside positions 4/2 and back court 6 (Pipe) with various paths and final hits!
· Libero No 10 Santos in addition to Elgarten (setter) takes over sets from the court with very good quality to outside positions and back court 1.
· Attack in complex I: Prefer a very speedy set - team with the shortest periods for set – however, not always stable in realization!
· Attack in complex II: Strong emphasis on back court attack pos.6 (Pipe) and pos.1 as well as diagonal sets from the court to the outside positions – altogether too little efficiency of attack (no TOP scorer)!
· Lack of quality in confrontation with blocks at outside positions 4/2 – too high error rate (>20 %)!
Block / Defence
· Well adapted and opponent-specific behaviour in block/defence; no stringent specia-lization on positions in block and defence!
· Setter No 2 Elgarten as net player occasionally changes the block position (pos.2/4) and/or moves sometimes into short-distance covering during opponent’s diagonal sets!
· With No 13 Endres – ranking first (1.04 avg by set) and No 4 Heller – ranking sixth (0.64 avg by set) in the best blockers ranking they have very good blockers!
· Classical specialization in positions in defence with the exception of No 13 Endres G. after own serve – he varies between pos. 5 and 6 (depending on if No 18 Amaral or No 8 Endres M. is playing)!
· Good organisation of defence behaviour by libero No 10 Santos – he is convincing as a very flexible and dynamic player with above-average performances!