There’s not much Brazil have not won in coach Jose ‘Ze Roberto’ Guimaraes' 19-year tenure with the team. Since 2004, the South Americans have won numerous titles including two golds at the Olympics.
Brazil to chase elusive world title in the Netherlands and Poland
One of the top teams in the world, Brazil are yet to win a Women's World Championship
Published 10:00, 16 Sep 2022
The top of the podium at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships, however, remains uncharted territory for the Brazilians, who will make their fifth attempt to win gold under Ze Roberto’s guidance from September 23 to October 15,in the Netherlands and Poland.
Currently occupying second place in the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Ranking, Ze Roberto's team won medals at three of the last four editions of the World Championship, claiming silver in 2006 and 2010 and bronze in 2014.
The Brazilians have also been extremely competitive since finishing seventh at the 2018 World Championship. They won silver medals at four key events, including last year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2019, 2021 and 2022 Volleyball Nations League.
The team’s campaign in this year’s VNL increased Brazilian confidence in regards to a good performance at the World Championship. Ze Roberto fielded a rejuvenated squad following the international retirement of key players like outside hitters Natalia Pereira and Fe Garay and libero Camila Brait. Some of the new faces, most notably opposite Kisy Nascimento, middle blocker Julia Kudiess and libero Natalia ‘Natinha’ Araujo, left an excellent first impression.
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“A lot of teams displayed new looks after the Tokyo Olympics, as we saw at the VNL,” Ze Roberto said. “Our team had a good performance in the VNL and has been maintaining a great level of play in training too. We’re confident we can beat any team in the world and are looking forward to another good campaign.”
Veteran middle blocker Carol Gattaz, who made it on to the Dream Team of the Tokyo Olympics, is back with the team after sitting out of the VNL. With Gattaz, new captain and star outside hitter Gabriela ‘Gabi’ Guimaraes, fellow middle blocker Ana Carolina ‘Carol’ da Silva and setter Macris Carneiro, the team has a solid core of veteran players ready to guide younger players during the event.
Brazil will play their first pool stage matches in Arnhem, the Netherlands, where they will take on the Czech Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Japan and China. Their first match will be on September 24, against their only European opponents in Pool D.
“The Czech Republic have a solid team,” Ze Roberto said. “And then we have two South American matches where there will be some rivalry. One of them is against a coach (Colombia’s Antonio Rizola) who knows Brazilian volleyball very well. The two Asians teams play differently, but will both be tough opponents too. It’s a difficult pool and we’ll need to be focused the entire time to move forward and carry good results into the second round.”