Bernardo Rezende: The World League winner will gain more confidence for the Olympics
Bernardinho is proud of his players because they are still showing the will to be one of the best teams in the world
Sofia, Bulgaria, July 5, 2012 – Finding the balance between physical power and technical skills has made the rallies longer and men’s volleyball more enjoyable to watch. In women’s volleyball, on the other hand, they are trying to bring in more powerful players, so back-row attack and jump-serve are becoming a serious part of the game. These are the most relevant changes in the game over the recent years, according to Bernardo Rezende, coach of the men’s national team of Brazil.
”I have been with this team for 12 years and there has always been a lot of pressure,” Bernardinho continues. ”Some of the players are getting older, but I think the most important thing is keeping their attitude, their mind and their spirit as if they are amateurs in their youth. I am proud of them because they are still working hard and they are still showing the will to be one of the best teams in the world.”
Rezende also comments on the favorites to win the 2012 World League with the Finals taking place this week in Sofia. Poland is playing very consistently and is one of the favorites for the gold medal here, according to the Brazilian coach. Cuba is also showing strength and more confidence. The team that plays well and wins the World League for sure will gain more confidence ahead of the Olympics.
Bernardo “Bernardinho” Rezende is a former setter who finished fifth at the 1980 Olympics and won silver at the 1982 World Championship and 1984 Olympics. As a coach, he worked in Italy before taking the helm of the Brazilian women’s team from 1994 to 2000. He led them to two Olympic bronze medals and two World Grand Prix titles. His success continued after switching to the men’s team in 2001 with Olympic gold in 2004 and silver in 2008, three World Championship titles and many more.