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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009

 BRA / Brazil - Team Composition

Team manager José Elias de Proença
Head coach José Roberto Lages Guimarães
Assistant coach Paulo do Rego Barros Junior
Doctor Julio Cesar Carvalho Nardelli
Therapist / trainer Daniel Hideki Kan
  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 Sesi Bauru
  4   Paula Pequeno Paula 22/01/1982 184 74 302 285 FENERBAHCE
  5 Caroline De Oliveira Saad Gattaz Carol Gattaz 27/07/1981 192 81 315 299 Minas Tenis Clube
  6   Thaisa Daher de Menezes Thaisa 15/05/1987 196 84 318 302 Minas Tenis Clube
  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 Dinamo Moscow
  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   Jaqueline Pereira De Carvalho Endres Jaque 31/12/1983 186 70 302 286 Minas Tênis Clube
  13 Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli Sheilla 1/07/1983 185 64 302 284 Athletes Unlimited
  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 Ferreira Fernandinha 10/01/1980 173 64 283 264 Iqtisadchi Baku
  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 Fernanda Rodrigues Fe Garay 10/05/1986 179 74 308 288 Praia Clube
 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 already picked up their first gold medal, winning the Montreux Volley Masters tournament in June.


Coach profile

A former Brazilian National Team player, José Roberto Guimarães (better known as Zé Roberto) started his coaching career in 1988. He quickly became assistant coach to Bebeto de Freitas, who was Brazil Men's Head Coach. In 1991, he started to coach the Youth and Junior National Teams and won the silver medal in the Women's World Championship.

In 1992, as Head Coach he led the Brazilian Men's National Team to the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. It was the start of a very good run of medals: first place in the 1993 FIVB World League, bronze in the 1994 World League, silver in the 1995 World League, gold in the 1995 South American Championship, bronze in the 1995 World Cup and third place in the 1996 World League.

Zé Roberto left National Team Volleyball after that but returned in 2003 as Head Coach of the Brazilian Women's National Team. In the same year, he won the South American Championship and silver at the FIVB World Cup.

In 2004, the team won the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Prix and finished fourth in the Olympic Games.

The year 2005 was a high point, Brazil conquering all before them. The first gold came in the Courmayeur Championship in Italy. After that, first place in the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland. The main title was the World Grand Prix and Brazil also won the Qualification Tournament to the 2006 World Championship, the South American Championship and the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.

In 2006, Zé Roberto's team kept on winning. Brazil finished first in the Courmayeur Championship, the Montreux Volley Masters, the Pan-American Cup, and the World Grand Prix. The year ended with a second-place finish in the FIVB World Championship in Japan.

In 2007, Brazil claimed silver in the World Cup in Japan and won the South American Championship again, but finished fifth at the World Grand Prix.

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

This year, the team opened its season by winning the Montreux Volley Masters in June for the fifth time.



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