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2009 FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup
Osaka - Nagoya, Japan
18 - 23 November 2009

 BRA / Brazil - Team Composition

Team manager Lerbach, Antonio
Head coach Rezende, Bernardo
Assistant coach Leonaldo, Roberley
Doctor Chamecki, Alvaro
Therapist / trainer Tenius, Guilherme
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Bruno Mossa Rezende Bruno 2/07/1986 190 76 323 302 FUNVIC TAUBATÉ
  2   Sandro Carvalho Sandro 2/04/1981 189 83 317 306 SESI
  3 Eder Carbonera Eder 19/10/1983 205 107 360 330 SESI-SP
  4   Leandro Araújo da Silva L. Araujo 17/12/1983 205 94 354 330 Sada Cruzeiro
  5 Sidnei Dos Santos Jr. Sidão 9/07/1982 203 98 344 318 SESI
  6   Leandro Vissotto Neves Vissotto 30/04/1983 212 108 370 345 JT Thunders
  C 7 Gilberto Godoy Filho Giba 23/12/1976 192 85 325 312 Cimed/Sky
  8   Murilo Endres Murilo 3/05/1981 190 76 343 319 SESI-SP
  9 Theo Lopes Lopes 31/08/1983 199 80 335 320 SANTORY SUNBIRDS
  L 10   Sérgio Dutra Santos Sérgio 15/10/1975 184 78 325 310 SESI
  11 Thiago Soares Alves Thiago 26/07/1986 194 98 330 308 RJX
  12   Joao Paulo De Figueiredo Tavares Joao Paulo 30/03/1983 205 95 332 327 CIMED SKY
  13 Tiago Enrique Barth Tiago Barth 13/06/1988 209 100 345 330 SESC-RJ
  14   Rodrigo Santana Rodrigão 17/04/1979 205 85 350 328 Al-Rayyan
  15 Mauricio Borges Almeida Silva Mauricio 4/02/1989 199 99 335 315 FUNVIC TAUBATÉ
  16   Lucas Saatkamp Lucas 6/03/1986 209 101 340 321 Funvic Taubaté
  17 Marlon Yared Marlon 27/07/1977 190 80 315 304 VIVO/MINAS
  18   João Paulo Bravo Pereira Bravo 7/01/1979 190 87 340 320 Arkas Spor Kulubu
  L 19 Mario Da Silva Pedreira Junior Mario 3/05/1982 192 91 330 321 Funvic Taubaté
  20   Wanderson Campos Wanderson 7/02/1988 199 95 344 320 Vivo Minas
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Defending champions Brazil come into the World Grand Champions Cup on a high note, having enjoyed great success around the world in 2009.

The team qualified for the tournament by winning its 27th South American title by defeating Argentina in the final in Colombia, and recently swept reigning Olympic champions USA in five straight friendly matches in preparation for the Grand Champions Cup.

In the summer, Brazil won an epic five-set encounter with Serbia in Belgrade during the final of the 2009 World League. That gold helped Brazil match Italy as the most successful team at the tournament — both have now won the World league eight times each.

Brazil also lays claim to being the most successful team at the World Grand Champions Cup, having medaled in each competition: gold in 1997 and 2005 and silver in 1993 and 2001.


Coach profile

Bernardo Rezende, nicknamed "Bernardinho," was born in Rio de Janeiro. The 50-year-old was in charge of the Women's National Team from 1994-2000, and in 2001 became head coach of the Brazilian Men's National Team.

Rezende played Volleyball from 1979-1986 in Rio de Janeiro. As a player, he won the bronze medal in the 1981 World Cup in Japan and silver medals at the FIVB World Championship in Argentina in 1982 and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In 1988, he stopped playing to work as assistant coach to Bebeto de Freitas at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Two years later, he became the head coach of the Perugia Women's team in Italy, where he stayed until 1992. In 1993, still in Italy, he took charge of Modena. By the end of that season, Rezende returned to Brazil and in 1994 started his victorious work as head coach of the Brazilian Women.

That year, Brazil placed second in the World Championship and won the World Grand Prix. In 1996, the team won the bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games and the gold medal at the World Grand Prix. In 1998 Rezende led the Brazilians to a South American title, earned qualification for the World Championship and won bronze in the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

In 1999, Bernardinho won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, a silver medal in the World Grand Prix, gold in the South American Championship for the third time, and bronze at the World Cup. In 2000, he led Brazil to third place in the World Grand Prix and at the Olympic Games in Sydney.

After this success Rezende accepted the challenge of leading the Brazilian Men in 2001. The choice could not have been better. Bernardinho led the team to memorable victories including first place in the 2001 and 2003 editions of the World League and the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship.

In 2003, Bernardinho’s star shone even stronger. He guided the team to titles in the World League and the World Cup, and bronze at the Pan American Games in Dominican Republic.

In July 2004, Brazil claimed their fourth World League title. In August, the team won its second Olympic gold medal, in Athens. Bernardinho returned at the end of the year to the Superliga to coach Rexona-Ade.

In 2005, still coaching the Brazilian Men, he earned another four international medals: gold in the World League, gold at the South American Championship and gold at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. He also won silver at the America's Cup.

In 2006, Bernardinho won the World League for the fifth time, and the FIVB World Championship for the second time.

The success didn't let up in 2007, with victories in the World League, the World Cup, the Pan American Games and the South American Championship. He also led a young team to second place at the America's Cup.

Last year, Bernardinho steered the team to fourth in the World League and another Olympic medal, this time silver.

In 2009, Rezende brought in several new faces to play alongside  Olympians Giba, Sergio and Rodrigao. Together they wrote their names in the country’s Volleyball history books by winning an epic World League gold medal match against Serbia in Belgrade. The victory meant Brazil is now tied with Italy as the team with most gold medals (8) at the tournament.

Most recently, Brazil won its 27th South American title by defeating Argentina in the final, thus qualifying for the World Grand Champions Cup.



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