Ze Roberto confirmed as Brazil coach until 2016 Olympics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 30, 2012 – Legendary Brazilian women's coach José Roberto Guimarães (ze Roberto) has signed on to continue as the coach of the Brazilian women's team through until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Coach of the women’s team since 2003, Ze Roberto said he was pleased with the opportunity to lead the women's national volleyball team at an historic Olympic Games on home soil|
The 58-year-old, who started as coach of the national women's team in 2003, led Brazil to a stunning London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal in August to follow up on gold in Beijing four years earlier. He also coached the Brazilian men's team to Olympic gold in Barcelona in 1992.
“I am very happy to stay for another four years, although there is a huge responsibility to perform well in the Olympics that Brazil will host for the first time in history," Ze Roberto said. "I’ve always desired to continue this work. I’ll do my best while I have this desire and am proud to have this opportunity to uphold my country’s name.”
As usual, Guimarães did not forget to thank his family for their support. “My family always gave me the force to make this happen. For me, it is essential to have them by my side, because my wife and daughter know how difficult is. There will be four more years of hard work and absences. I would be impossible to do it without the support they give me,” he said.
Ze Roberto led the Brazil women's team to the world number one ranking, five World Grand Prix titles and two World Championship silver medals.
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