Short characterization




RANKING 2000 - 2008

OG   2000


WGP 2001


WCh 2002


WC   2003


OG   2004


WGP 2005


WCh 2006


WC   2007


OG   2008



After many years of preparation and in a really superior manner, which is really very rare in international top events, as well as a logical consequence of extraordinary ranks during the whole Olympic cycle Brazil won the Olympic tournament (with only one set lost - in the final). The team presented a great playing culture and had a very good complex performance capacity which was an extraordinary example of international women’s volleyball.


General remarks

·         The team has been playing together for many years, has experienced players with an almost identical level of performance (average age: 27,5, 1. setter 38,4). Stable starting line-up during the whole tournament, only individual substitutions (No 10, 12, 6).

·         Impressive domination and demonstration of mental strength as well as absolute will to win (Go for Gold).

·         Dynamic, powerful offensive play, perfection combination of universal playing ability and individual strength of the players with different special functions, effective playing structure and emotion-based motivation.

·         Very efficient, fluent playing concept in all elements, adaptation of technical and tactical elements in playing actions to the actual match situation.

·         Trend to incorporate elements of men’s volleyball.



·         Adapted to the current opponent, planned (application of modern information and scouting systems) and variable serving forms, major goal is tactical effect, but not direct point scoring. In the tournament: 1,2 points per set). Variation of serve position (change between float/jump float on position 1 and 5).


Serve reception

·         Very stable and exact reception, mainly with three players in the serve reception formation and, if possible, leaving the receiving attacker untouched. Application of different serving reception techniques with many nuances (especially variants of lateral reception, low reception with 3-point-reception and variants when falling forward, if required by the situation even reception from the top).


Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2

·         The superior legendary setter Fofao (age 38 years) is the key player in the development of the attacking play. Her flexible setting technique (including precision and timing in her passes) as well as her setting tactics which are based on the actual situation (good positioning, selection of the setting type based on current situation in the match) are really excellent.  

·         The initiation of quick attacks (in front or behind the setter) from 3-4 meter played to the net is terrific. Quick sets both during jumps and in standing position.

·         Many variants and effective differentiation of setting height/ trajectory of the ball, speed and direction (outside/inside) of the set.

·         Frequent application of underhand techniques in complicated situations by all players.  

·         Quick attacks in Complex I: Simply structured attacking combinations: 70% of all attacks (34% pos.4, 36% 1st and 2nd Tempo in front of/behind the setter).

·         Attacks in Complex II:  Based on significantly improved blocking and defense perfor-mances  superior to all the other teams in transition attacks.

Backcourt defense - attack: Great portion of quick attacks with variable set distribution, frequent backcourt attacks, often as part of attacking combinations, but also as high attack.

Coverage-attack: These situations represent only a small portion of all attacks (superiority in the finalizing of the attacks), in case it happened in most cases a very speedy counter-attack was seen.

Freeball-attack: Termination of the attack in most cases either with 1st tempo in front of the setter or with a spike from position 4, in selected cases quick backcourt attacks.

·         Depending on the opponent’s blocking different attacking patterns were used.


Block / Defense

·         Efficiency and organization of blocking actions – the key to superior success.

·         Very efficient tactical adaptation of blocking actions based on rotations and actual situation (supported by advice by the coach).

·         No rigid lock to certain positions (block-play!): MB No 9 and RA No 3 change between position Pos. 2/3, in case of a position of the setter close to the net well structured incorporation of special blocking tactics, block with three players for all positions, mutual support in case of quick attacks.

·         Exemplary blocking technique: different step combinations, position adapted to he play situation, offensive blocking actions, impressive synchronity during the whole movement sequence and timing.

·         Impressive block performance: 4 players among the TOP 10 in the players‘ ranking by skills, with almost 4 points (WCh 2006: 3 points) per set significantly better as all the other teams (2,7). Summarizing all matches of the Brazilian team it scored 11 points more as the direct opponents all together in the WCh 2006 (6% of all block points in these matches), during the 2008 Olympic Games the number was 52 points (45% of all block points).

·         Well organised and flexible defense system: Block-defense-coordination, no rigid lock to certain positions (MB/RA sometime change between positions 5/6, good positioning by conscious anticipation and light-footed, quick leg work.

·         Perfect application of techniques according to he needs of the individual situation as well as defense actions characterized by very good abilities for quick reactions towards all directions and on all levels (very „open“ techniques starting with lowr defense up to „over the head“-actions, defense of balls dropping down from the block  with setting techniques from the top).

·         Libero Fabiana (No 14) number 1 in players‘ ranking (more than 60% of successful defense actions).