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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 BRA / Brazil - Team Composition

Team manager Proença, Jose Elias
Head coach Guimaraes, José Roberto
Assistant coach Barros Junior, Paulo
Doctor Baptista, Andre
Therapist / trainer Pinheiro, Claudio
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Fabiana Claudino Fabiana 24/01/1985 193 76 314 293 Sesi - Sp
  2   Ana Tiemi Takagui Takagui 26/10/1987 187 74 295 284 Bursa B.B. SK
  C 3 Danielle Rodrigues Lins Dos Santos Dani Lins 5/01/1985 181 68 290 276 Osasco Voleibol Clube
  4   Paula Pequeno Paula 22/01/1982 184 74 302 285 FENERBAHCE
  5 Caroline De Oliveira Saad Gattaz Carol Gattaz 27/07/1981 192 78 315 299 Minas Tenis Clube
  6   Thaisa Daher de Menezes Thaisa 15/05/1987 196 79 316 301 Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul
  7 Marianne Steinbrecher Mari 23/08/1983 188 70 310 290 FENERBAHCE
  8   Adenizia Da Silva Adenizia 18/12/1986 185 63 312 290 Sesi Bauru
  9 Natalia Pereira Natália 4/04/1989 186 83 311 295 Minas Tenis Clube
  10   Welissa Gonzaga Sassá 9/09/1982 179 76 300 287 Dentil Praia Clube
  11 Joyce Silva Joyce 13/06/1984 190 67 311 294 KGC Pro Volleyball Club-KO
  12   Natalia Aparecida Martins Silva Natalia 11/12/1984 0 0 300 286 E.C. Pinheiros
  13 Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli Sheilla 1/07/1983 185 64 302 284 Vakifbank
  L 14   Fabiana Oliveira Fabí 7/03/1980 169 59 276 266 Rexona-Sesc
  15 Regiane Bidias Régis 2/10/1986 189 74 304 286 Rexona-Sesc
  16   Fernanda Rodrigues Fe Garay 10/05/1986 179 74 308 288 Dinamo Krasnodar
  17 Josefa Fabiola Almeida De Sousa Alves Fabiola 3/02/1983 184 70 300 285 Volero Zürich
  L 18   Camila Brait C. Brait 28/10/1988 170 58 271 256 Osasco
  19 Thais David Barbosa Barbosa 3/02/1980 0 0 292 281 SOLLYS OSASCO
  20   Juliana Castro Lia 30/06/1985 187 75 310 290 Molico/Nestlé
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Brazil has achieved a lot since José Roberto Guimarães took over as coach in 2003.

In his first year, the team won gold at the South American Championship and silver at the World Cup.

The following season, Brazil won the World Grand Prix and placed fourth at the Olympic Games. In 2005, they won the Montreux Volley Masters, the Grand Prix, the South American Championship, the World Championship Cup and the Courmayeur Tournament.

In 2007, the team started with four friendly matches against Serbia and won them all. After that, Brazil hosted the Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, winning all their matches in straight sets en route to a gold medal match against Cuba. The hosts were eventually beaten in five sets and had to settle for the silver medal.

Their last competition in 2007 was the World Grand Prix. Without setter Fofão and the middle-blocker Walewska, the most experienced players on the squad, Brazil finished in fifth place.

But by winning the South American Championship in Santiago, Chile, Brazil earned the right to play at the World Cup in Nagoya, Japan. In that competition, the Brazilians finished in second place, their best result ever at the tournament.

The year 2008 was an exceptional one in the history of Brazilian women's volleyball. The team won its first Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, and also finished first in the World Grand Prix and Final Four tournament.

This year, the Brazilians have won six straight gold medals, starting with the Montreux Volley Masters in June, the Pan-American Cup, the World Championship 2010 Qualification Round, the Final Four, the World Grand Prix and the South American Championship, the tournament that gave the team its berth at the World Grand Champions Cup. 


Coach profile



José Roberto Guimarães was born in Quintana, a city 500Km away from São Paulo. His career as a player started in 1967 playing for Randi Esporte in Santo André. This team changed its name for Aramaçan and later to Pirelli, where Zé Roberto played as a setter from 1979 to 1982.

“Maybe that was the reason why I became a coach. The setter is that player that keeps contact with all the team. It is easier for him to get used to the attack style of other players, who gives him a better vision of the game and creates a closer relationship between the setter and the coach”, explained Zé Roberto.

After Pirelli, the Brazilian head coach played for Olímpico (1982), Atlético Mineiro (1983), Paulistano (1984), Banespa (85/86), Transbrasil (87) and ended up his career playing for Asbac (1988).

As a National Team player, Zé Roberto won the gold medal in the South American Championship twice (73 and 75) and finished in seventh place in the Olympic Games of Montreal (1976).

In 1988, Zé Roberto started his career as a coach, training Eletropaulo women’s team. In the following three years, he worked for Pão de Açúcar. Meanwhile (89/90), Mr. Guimarães was the assistant coach of Mr. Bebeto de Freitas at the Men’s Brazilian National team. In 1991, he started to coach the Youth and Junior categories, winning the silver medal in the Women’s World Championship.

In 1992, he achieved the most important title of his career: the gold medal in the Olympic Games of Barcelona, with the Brazilian Men’s Team. After that, he kept on winning medals and good results: first place in the Top Four (Japan/1991); first place in the World League (Brasil/1993) and first in the South American Championship (1993); bronze medal in the World League (1994) and 5th place in the World Championship (Greece/1994); silver medal in the World League (1995), gold in the South American Championship (1995) and bronze in the World Cup (Japan/1995); third place in the World League (1996) and 5th in the Olympic Games of Atlanta (1996).

After finishing his cycle in the National team, Zé Roberto started to coach Banespa men’s team, where he won the gold medal at the Superliga 96/97 – the Brazilian Championship. After that, he coached Dayvit, a women’s team, ending Superliga in 5th place. In the following season he left the courts and worked as a volleyball and football manager.

Zé Roberto was back at volleyball in 2001 to coach BCN/Osasco, and during this season he was second place at the Superliga Championship.

In 2003, Zé Roberto started to work as the head of the Brazilian Women’s National Team. At the same year he won the South American Championship and was became second place at the World Cup.

In 2004, the team won the gold medal in the Grand Prix, and finished in fourth place in the Olympic Games. At the Superliga, José Roberto Guimarães conquered the gold medal coaching Finasa/Osasco.

During the 2005 season, the Brazilian National female team conquered all its tournaments. The first gold came in the Courmayeur Championship, in Italy. After that, the first place in the Montreux Volley Masters, in Switzerland. The main title was the Grand Prix: the team won its fifth title, and Paula was chosen the best player. Brazil also won the Qualification Tournament to the 2006 World Championship, the South American Championship and the World Grand Champions Cup.

In 2006, Mr. Guimarães’ team kept winning. Brazil was first place in the Courmayeur Championship, the Montreux Volley Masters, the Pan-American Cup, and the Grand Prix. After that, he was second place in the World Championship in Japan.      

In 2007, the Brazilian team was silver medal in Pan-American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in the World Cup, in Japan. After this competition, the team went to Grand Prix and finished it in the fifth place and won the South American Championship.

Last season was a mark in Ze Roberto’s career, as the Head Coach became the first in the world to win Olympic gold medals with male and female teams, as Brazil bet the USA 3-1 in the gold medal match. In the same season, Brazil also won the World Grand Prix and the Final Four.

In 2009, up to now, there were 40 matches, and only one defeat.  The team opened the season winning Montreux Volley Masters for the fifth time.  After that, the Brazilian Team won the second gold medal at the Pan American Cup, the eighth gold medal at the World Grand Prix, Qualified for the 2010 World Championship , won the second gold medal at the Final Four, and the sixteenth gold medal at the South American Championship. 




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