FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2012


 SCR / Sada Cruzeiro
Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brazil  

Team manager Luis Carlos de Sales
Coach Marcelo Rodolfo Mendez
Assistant coach Humberto Pereira Martelete
Assistant coach 2 Fabio Correia
Doctor Sergio Augusto Campolina de Azeredo
Physiotherapist Alysson Lima Zuin
Journalist Andreia Rodrigues dos Santos
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Country
  2 Daniel Gramignoli Daniel 05.03.1984 193 85 0 0 BRA
  4   Douglas Cordeiro Douglas 15.01.1979 197 85 0 0 BRA
  5 Mauricio Borges Almeida Silva Mauricio 04.02.1989 199 99 335 315 BRA
  6   Tulio Nogueira Tulio 24.05.1986 200 89 335 320 BRA
  C 7 William Arjona William 31.07.1979 186 78 300 295 BRA
  8   Wallace De Souza Wallace 26.06.1987 198 87 344 318 BRA
  9 Yoandy Leal Hidalgo Leal 31.08.1988 202 107 361 348 BRA
  10   Yadier Sanchez Sierra Sanchez 08.01.1987 200 83 335 335 CUB
  11 Marcos Vinicius De Souza Leal Acacio Acacio 03.04.1978 208 100 0 0 BRA
  14   Rogerio Silva Rogerio 01.08.1984 207 100 0 0 BRA
  L 17 Sergio Luiz Seixas Francia Nogueira Serginho 25.08.1978 184 79 322 319 BRA
  18   Filipe Ferraz Filipe 01.03.1980 194 90 335 305 BRA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

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.

Coach profile

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcelo Rodolpho Mendez is an experienced international coach who has led Spain’s national team (while also guiding Palma de Mallorca to the national championships), Italian club teams, and Argentine clubs River Plate and Daom. He is a two-time champion of the Irvine International Volleyball Tournament, USA (2010 and 2011) and three-time state champion (2010, 2011 and 2012).

Mendez is at the helm of Sada Cruzeiro for the fourth consecutive season, having already led the team to victory in
the 2011/2012 Superliga and South American Championships. In the 2010/11 edition the team were runners-up in the Superliga.