World number one ranked team Brazil began a new cycle in their illustrious history after claiming the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Renan dal Zotto has since taken over as head coach following the retirement of Bernardo 'Bernardinho' Rezende.
During Bernardinho's 15-year tenure as coach, Brazil have at times appeared unstoppable. He led the team to the 2001 World League title in his first outing and Brazil claimed the competition in successive years from 2003 to 2007. The Brazilians won back-to-back World League titles again in 2009 and 2010, three successive titles at the World Championship in 2002, 2006, 2010 and two at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007. His career was by a third Olympic title on home soil in Rio.
Under Dal Zotto, Brazil’s medal-winning tradition continued immediately, taking silver in the 2017 FIVB World League and won the gold medal in the South American Games and in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.