Short characterization BRAZIL








WCH 2002



de SOUZA Wallace



OG 2004





GODOY FILHO Gilberto  (C)

WCH 2006



ENDRES Murilo 1


SANTOS Sergio  (L)

OG 2008



ALVES Thiago Soares



WCH 2010





GARCIA Ricardo

OG 2012






The team of BRA has an average age of 30, 50 year. Four players are 26 - 29 years old and eight are 30-36 years. Eight players have played in World Championship 2010, six have played in the Olympic Games 2008 and all the players have played many international matches. That means an extraordinarily comprehensive international competition experience.

The average body height of BRA is 198,6 cm (without libero).

BRA has good developed athletic playrs with good combination of universal playing abilities and individual strength. Other important features are very good (quick) attacking, good receiving performance and adequate technical and tactical adaptation in individual playing actions.

After winning already a gold medal in 1992 and 2004 BRA played against RUS for gold again in the final match after playing a spectacular game to beat ITA in three sets (25-21, 25-12, and 25-21). Especially the second set against ITA was a demonstration of world-class volleyball. BRA showed confidence and fighting spirit combined all together with attack combinations to get the perfect mix required for a third Olympic gold medal. Endres Murilo top scored in the match against ITA with 15 points and the dominance of BRA at the net is also well testified by the stats relating the block (10 BRA vs. 3 ITA).

BRA can be characterized as a team with excellent players and is especially strong in its quick attacks (rank 1 in team-rankings best scorers and best spikers). In the area of ​​block BRA’s opposite spiker Leandro Vissotto Neves finished as best scorer in the pool match against USA with 9 points. In the quarterfinal Vissotto was unfortunately injured and could no longer play in this Olympic Games.  Best scorer of BRA during the whole Games was finally Endres Murilo with a total score of 98 points (85 spikes, 9 blocks and 4 serves).

BRA had in the pool matches 4 wins (among them the 3:2 against SRB and 3-0 against RUS) and 1 lost against USA (1-3). The total set result in the pool was 13-5. The team dominated its quarter- and semi-final, winning resp. 3:0 against ARG and 3-0 against ITA. After this result BRA was the favorite in the Olympic final. The first three sets BRA played very good and could have won the match but the fourth set went away. The team was in the finals after 2 sets very surprised by the changes in the team of RUS and found no ultimate answer. BRA lacked tranquillity and didn’t manage to follow the rhythm of the game and finally lost the last three sets.

The playing concept of BRA is supported by modern, very detailed scouting information. For many years BRA has been a good example of modern quick volleyball, teamwork and fighting spirit. It is especially worth mentioning that Bernardo Rezende has been the coach of the male team since 2001 and that he has extended his contract for the next Olympic period to Rio 2016.


Complex I – Attack (first ball side out)

The attacking combinations / tempo’s are primarily terminated from the outside positions (P4/2) and from the back-court (P6/1). The combinations are based on the highest level of serve reception performance: 73.16% success (Endres Murilo) and 70.76 % success (libero Sergio Santos), while the mean % of the teams was 62.77%. Covering sometimes half or more of the field width (4-5 meters) Sergio showed many individual technical reception variations. In case of jump serve by opponent: often impulse control or punch technique is used. The position is low and the arms move down, sometimes with hands touching the floor, when the ball is played.

In case of a jumpfloat service reception is performed with 3 players, often by overhead passing and about 4-5 meters (13-16 feet) from the net. By adjusting sometimes with 4 players every receiver has only a smaller area to take. In case of a jump spin the players stay deeper, about 7 meters or more from the net. Receivers are focused by having their hands on their thighs to rest and concentrate.

BRA performs effective structured attacks in complex I. The strategy of BRA is to play quick attacks. The setter is using specific individual signals before variation of setting: tempo and positions and effective set-distribution, with very secure quick attacks, to the middle player as well as to the players in position 4 and 2 and back row combination attacks incorporated in reception. The setter (Bruno or Ricardo) nearly always jump sets taking the ball as high as possible by both hands or if necessary by one hand. Sometimes he plays a surprising tip-shot (“dink”). All attackers are in last step of approach when setter touches the ball.

In the different rotations in most cases only one version of attack combination is played. The variable set distribution (good timing, precise and individually adapted) is a major source of success, which especially is demonstrated with the video clips showing the setter at P1/6/5.

When the setter is acting close to the net at P 2/3/4 the integration of the 3-meter attacks is often used. In the side-out attacks Murilo has played a successful role, as well as in the front- as in the backcourt from behind 3 meters. His attacking performance -together with the quick attackers (offensive offer for 1st tempo!!) in almost all rotations- is a great example for attacking approach (see the video clips).

By spreading the attack with quick sets to the antennas, the blockers get in trouble especially if they start from a central position. Besides the spreading strategy the "overload principle" is applied. Especially the back court attack - systematically integrated into the attack combinations gives pressure on the block because a "supernumerary" situation of attackers is created.


Complex II – Block

BRA did not reach top-level in blocking (BRA has rank 8 in team-ranking best blockers) and lost each set more than 2 block points against USA and RUS.

The level of block performance is indicated by 17,4 % kills / 2,14 average by set. The two middle blockers No. 5 Sidnei (rank 5: 0,55 average by set) and especially No 16 Lucas (rank 42: 0,21 average by set) have no really good individual ranking. BRA applies different options of block arrangement according to the needs of the match situation. Considering these actions the precise adaptation of the positions of the outer block player, the extreme fight to arrange closed group blocks to fight tempo attacks with quick leg actions (varying step sequences: especially running step - closing step, coordination of the bloc actions) are impressive. When observing BRA also the decision making behaviour (block or defense/covering?) of the outside attackers (P4) and special blocking tactics of the setter at the net (compare also the video clips of RUS/ITA/BUL) are interesting to notice. By systematically applying of scouting information (serve /blocking tactics) the team can successfully implement a highly organized strategy which is adapted to the opposing team’s way of playing.

Tactical adaptation of blocking are based on statistics and tactical analysis of opponent. Different step combinations, blocking position adapted to the play situation are used.

Middle blockers sometimes secure tactical tip balls as well (2nd phase block action).

BRA does not make a screen with the block just before the opponent is receiving the service.

BRA organizes a central 3-block against opposite’s pipe attack.

Because of the quick settings and attack combinations of the opponents the block is regular under pressure. The result is that different movement techniques are used to try to form a block in time. Of course, the time that the block needs can be influenced by a difficult service to enforce a higher attack. This gives the own blockers more time for a well organized block. The used displacement technique is dependent on the position from where the set-up is given. Also in cases of a less good pass, there is still the possibility of a relatively fast (jump) setup. In transition the defenders start from the positions used for the first tempo attack. At higher attack if a closed 2- or 3- block can be placed are the defenders from the first tempo position slightly to the rear. The video clips show that BRA played 2-block with cross-over technique and a standard most commonly used defense up to a 2 or 3-block pos. 2.


Complex II – Attack (transition)

In Complex II, BRA plays in transition with effective variation of quick attack combinations and sometimes higher attacks, based on block organization and good defense performance.

In defensive situations (no touch and block touch) in most cases high and group blocks make a well arranged and successful action of the defensive formation possible. Based on this the resulting counter attacks are in the majority of the attacks terminated from outside positions. It is amazing that transition-play is well organized and regular quick attack combinations are played. Incorporating back row attack combinations, back sets to pos. 1  and 6 and sometimes 5 are played. In complicated situations (without precise defense) BRA sometimes applies semi-high sets to backcourt attackers.

If the ball is defended by an attacker he is normally disabled for a fast attack, so other solutions are chosen to complete the counterattack. Yet BRA showed that defenders can also be used for an attack in transition. See for examples the video clips. In transition from the block to offense the middle player Lucas (starting from position 2, 3 meter line) gets quick back sets, behind the setter.

In free ball situations generally a quick combination is played with all attackers available to play. Backcourt attacks are integrated into attacking combinations and there is a variable pass distribution with a trend towards „quick outside attack from position 4“, alternated by completion with a 1st tempo attack, pipe-combination and quick back sets.

In match situations with a repeated counter attack following attack coverage are relatively rare. Obviously they are consciously avoided. In case it happens outside attacks dominate. Block covering players are very observant and act with supreme effort (quick movements, deep defense). In case of a good quality of the defensive actions a quick transition to counter attacks at the net and from the backcourt is arranged.