Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei is living a historic moment in its career. In Qatar, the team will represent Brazil and South America at the 2012 Men's Club World Championships. They earned that spot in September, when the Brazilians were the undefeated victors of the South American Club Championships played in Chile.
Created in the city of Betim by Sada Group in 2006, the team established a successful union with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, a traditional Brazilian football club with eight million supporters, in 2009. This helped Sada Cruzeiro gain one of the largest volleyball audiences in the country, with a passionate fan-base.
This support has translated into success on the court. Besides being South American champions, Sada Cruzeiro are three-time state (regional) champions, two-time Irvine International Volleyball Tournament (USA) champions, and the latest Superliga (Brazilian Championship) champions.
For Argentinian coach Marcelo Mendez, who has led the club since 2009, the Club World Championships are an honor and a challenge, which the Brazilians face with great determination.
"For us it is a new experience. We are happy and proud to play at the competition. We have never been to a World Championships, the highest tournament a club can play, before. We are not the favorites, but we know we have a chance and we'll try to enjoy it to the fullest, playing our best," he said.