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Sada Cruzeiro only small part of Brazilian club dynasty

Sada Cruizeiro are the latest in a long line of top Brazilian volleyball clubs
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 15, 2015 – While Sada Cruzeiro sealed their second Brazilian Superliga in a row last Sunday, and 15th overall, they are not the only team to have dominated the Brazilian domestic game. The FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship 2015 hosts may have become synonymous with success over the last few years, but back in the early 1970s, just before the Superliga began as the Campeonato Brasileiro, it was Botafogo who dominated the sport.

Perhaps more widely known as a football club now, Botafogo are considered by some to be the first dynasty in Brazilian volleyball. And they had some familiar names in their ranks as they won 11 consecutive Cariocas (1965-1975), three South American titles (1971, 1972 and 1977) and three Brazil Cups (1971, 1972 and 1975).

Current FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° formed part of that team from 1965 to 1969, as did Brazil National Olympic Committee president and head of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman from 1969 to 1972 and legendary Brazilian player and coach Bebeto de Freitas.

"We won everything," recalls de Freitas, who joined the club in 1967. "The city of Rio de Janeiro was very strong in volleyball, the Campeonato Carioca - only met the teams of the then capital of the state of Guanabara -. Had 14 clubs Today the Brazilian has 12"

The side went on to win the first ever Campeonato Brasileiro in 1976 adding to their Brazil Cup success

Only Mario Dunlop was present for all 30 of Botafogo’s titles between 1965 and 1978.

"I started training at Fluminense, but didn’t even get to do my subscription for the club,” he explained in an interview. “Then I transferred to Botafogo, which is really my first and only club.”


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