Filled with major events, such as the Volleyball Nations League and the Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, the 2023 international volleyball season took some players around the world to another level in their careers.
Brazilian Darlan de Souza is probably the one to best represent that category as, after starting the season as one of the several options the South Americans had at the opposite position, the 21-year-old ended it as the main responsible for the team’s qualification to the Paris 2024 Games.
Known mostly as the younger brother of fellow national team opposite Alan, he had left a solid impression by helping Brazil take bronze at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball World Championship, but things weren’t going well for him in the first part of the international season.
Left out of the Brazilian squad that competed in the VNL, Darlan wasn’t selected for the South American Championship either. He was part of a young squad that competed at the Pan-American Cup, in August, and after Felipe Roque withdrew due to personal reasons, he was called by then-head coach Renan Dal Zotto for the Olympic Qualifier.