Bruno Oscar Schmidt

Bruno Oscar Schmidt

Birth Date
01/01/0001
Birth Place
Right defender
Height
185 cm
Weight
87 kg
Hobbies
surf

A few months into the 2010s, Brazilian blocker Alison Cerutti won his first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships gold, and he ends the decade as reigning Olympic champion. 

The 35-year-old has been paired with Alvaro Filho since April 2019 and the team have not hung around to make their mark on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, while they have their sights set firmly on Tokyo 2020. 

They are in fourth place in the provisional FIVB Olympic Rankings and know that unless things change drastically they will compete at Shiokaze Park after the Brazil Volleyball Federation (CBV) announced they would be one of Brazil’s two pairs for Tokyo 2020. 

It will be Alison’s third Olympic Games with his third partner where he will be chasing a third Olympic medal. 

Brazil's Alison Cerutti (left) and Alvaro Filho

“When Alvaro and I joined forces, there was some fear that maybe we wouldn’t qualify, but once we started to know each other better and to progress as a team, this fear started to dissipate,” Alison told Volleyball World after the announcement. 

“We knew we had no room for mistakes, our motivation was sky-high from the start, but at times it was tough for us to deal with the limitations a new team would obviously have. We knew what we had to do, we continued working and remained confident. 

“It wasn’t easy, but we’ve found a way to make it work and we’re enjoying it. Our first goal was to secure an Olympic spot and now we want to do everything we can to play at our best in Tokyo.” 

Playing catch-up

At 2.03m tall Alison lives up to his nickname of 'The Mammoth' and towers over the more diminutive Alvaro, just as he does most players. Together though they are showing signs of matching the success he enjoyed with Emanuel Rego and then Bruno Schmidt.

They won World Tour gold in their second tournament, the Kuala Lumpur 3-Star, then added another from the Espinho 4-Star, before closing up their debut season with silvers from the Vienna 5-Star and Moscow 4-Star.

After the coronavirus pandemic forced the pair away from the sand, they made a return on the Brazil National Tour in September.

"I came back with renewed energy for a 'new Olympic year',” Alison said. “I really missed the training, the routine, the adrenaline... I missed all the 'suffering' at practice.

“We know that everything has changed in these six months - the world and the sport have changed. But I am happy to see how we got back - extremely focused, very well prepared. It has everything to be a great season.”

Alison made the beach volleyball world sit up and take notice when he and Harley Marques won silver at the Stavanger 2009 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

In 2010 Alison received a call from Emanuel who was looking for a player with whom he could repeat the success he enjoyed with Ricardo Santos which included gold from Athens 2004 and gold from the Rio de Janeiro 2003 World Championships.

They nearly matched that success. While they won gold at the Rome 2011 World Championships, they lost out to Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann in the London 2012 final.

Top of the world

By 2014 Alison teamed up with Bruno Schmidt and within two years they were sitting at the top of the beach volleyball world.

First, they dominated on their way to gold at the Netherlands 2015 World Championships and then a year later they ended Brazil’s wait for male champions when they won gold on their home sand at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

As they were in the Netherlands, the pair were in imperious form at Rio 2016. Alison was at his powerful best at the net, while behind him Bruno was a whirl of energy and agility, both in attack and defence.

They crowned their run by defeating Italy’s Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) on a night when the rain poured on 12,000 spectators at Copacabana, but when there was no chance of anyone leaving as Alison and Bruno had the eyes of their country on them.

“In 2012 I won a silver medal and this one is more precious,” Alison said. “I needed to do my job to the best of my ability and help Bruno.

“It took a lot of dreaming and a lot of desire. I believed in doing this and I found a partner that believed in this too.

 “It was four years of hard work. A lot of dedication, a new team, and a lot of faith. That is what brought us here today.”

Brazil´s Alison Cerutti celebrates at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Three from three

Alison and Bruno rounded off 2016 by winning gold at the Toronto 2016 FIVB World Tour Finals, but since then Alison has missed out on the medals at the Vienna 2017 and Hamburg 2019 World Championships, and three World Tour Finals.

With Alvaro he is back in a settled partnership and able to look forward to developing their understanding and challenging for even more major medals.

“When Álvaro and I joined forces, in March, there was some fear that maybe we wouldn’t qualify, but once we started to know each other better and to progress as a team, this fear started to dissipate,” Alison told FIVB.com in October 2019.

“We have enough time until the Games for us to prepare as well as we need. Now what we want is to make sure we do everything we can so we can play at our best.”

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Career

  • Position Right defender
  • International Debut Myslowice POL
  • Club Debut Iate Clube de Brasília
  • Team partner Evandro

Season Date Type Tournament (country) Partners Rank Prize Money US$ Earned Points
1 2020 March 9 WT4* Doha (QA) Evandro 4 8,000.00 560
2 2019 September 4 WTF Rome (World Tour Finals) (IT) Evandro 5 12,000.00 720
3 2019 August 14 WT4* Moscow (RU) Evandro 5 6,000.00 480
4 2019 July 30 WT5* Vienna (AT) Evandro 9 8,000.00 600
5 2019 July 24 WT4* Tokyo (JP) Evandro 5 6,000.00 480
6 2019 July 18 WT4* Espinho (PT) Evandro 5 6,000.00 480
7 2019 July 9 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Evandro 3 20,000.00 960
8 2019 June 28 WCH WCH Hamburg (DE) Evandro 17 7,000.00 640
9 2019 June 12 WT4* Warsaw (PL) Evandro 1 20,000.00 800
10 2019 May 29 WT4* Ostrava (CZ) Evandro 5 6,000.00 480
11 2019 May 22 WT4* Jinjiang (CN) Evandro 2 16,000.00 720
12 2019 May 15 WT4* Itapema (BR) Evandro 9 4,000.00 400
13 2019 April 24 WT4* Xiamen (CN) Evandro 17 3,000.00 320
14 2019 March 12 WT4* Doha (QA) Evandro 17 3,000.00 320
15 2019 January 2 WT4* The Hague (NL) Pedro Solberg 5 6,000.00 480
16 2018 October 17 WT4* Las Vegas (US) Pedro Solberg 9 4,000.00 400
17 2018 October 10 WT4* Yangzhou (CN) Pedro Solberg 9 4,000.00 400
18 2018 July 31 WT5* Vienna (AT) Pedro Solberg 5 12,000.00 720
19 2018 July 10 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Pedro Solberg 9 8,000.00 600
20 2018 July 5 WT4* Espinho (PT) Pedro Solberg 9 4,000.00 400
21 2018 June 27 WT4* Warsaw (PL) Pedro Solberg 17 3,000.00 320
22 2018 June 20 WT4* Ostrava (CZ) Pedro Solberg 9 4,000.00 400
23 2018 May 1 WT4* Huntington Beach (US) Alison 17 2,000.00 260
24 2018 April 18 WT4* Xiamen (CN) Alison 3 10,000.00 640
25 2018 February 27 WT5* Fort Lauderdale (US) Alison 9 8,000.00 600
26 2017 July 28 WCH Vienna (AT) Alison 9 11,000.00 480
27 2017 July 19 WT4* Olsztyn (PL) Alison 9 4,000.00 240
28 2017 July 4 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Alison 9 8,000.00 360
29 2017 June 27 WT5* Porec (HR) Alison 3 20,000.00 720
30 2017 May 31 WT3* Moscow (RU) Alison 5 3,000.00 240
31 2017 May 17 WT4* Rio de Janeiro (BR) Alison 1 20,000.00 800
32 2017 May 3 NT NITEROI (BR) Alison 1 0.00 20
33 2017 April 5 NT VITORIA (BR) Alison 2 0.00 16
34 2017 March 15 NT MACEIO (BR) Alison 5 0.00 4
35 2017 February 15 NT ARACAJU SE (BR) Alison 3 0.00 12
36 2017 February 7 WT5* Fort Lauderdale (US) Alison 5 12,000.00 480
37 2017 January 25 NT JOAO PESSOA PB (BR) Alison 5 0.00 4
38 2016 December 8 NT SAO JOSE/SE (BR) Alison 1 0.00 16
39 2016 November 16 NT CURITIBA/PR (BR) Alison 2 0.00 12
40 2016 October 27 NT UBERLANDIA/MG (BR) Alison 1 0.00 16
41 2016 October 13 NT BRASILIA/DF (BR) Alison 5 0.00 2
42 2016 September 14 WTF Toronto (CA) Alison 1 100,000.00 0
43 2016 August 6 OG Men's Olympic Game - Rio 2016 (BR) Alison 1 0.00 0
44 2016 July 5 MJS Gstaad (CH) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
45 2016 June 28 MJS Porec (HR) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
46 2016 June 15 GS Olsztyn (PL) Alison 2 43,000.00 720
47 2016 June 7 MJS Hamburg (DE) Alison 4 24,000.00 560
48 2016 May 24 GS Moscow (RU) Alison 2 43,000.00 720
49 2016 May 5 NT JOAO PESSOA (BR) Alison 1 0.00 16
50 2016 April 21 NT FORTALEZA (BR) Alison 1 0.00 16
51 2016 March 15 OPEN Vitoria (BR) Alison 1 11,000.00 500
52 2016 March 8 GS Rio (BR) Alison 5 17,000.00 480
53 2016 February 18 NT NATAL (BR) 1 0.00 16
54 2016 January 28 NT NITEROI (BR) 3 0.00 8
55 2015 December 3 NT Curitiba/pr (BR) 1 0.00 16
56 2015 September 29 WTF Fort Lauderdale (US) Alison 1 100,000.00 0
57 2015 September 17 NT Belo Horizonte/mg (BR) 5 0.00 2
58 2015 September 2 OPEN Rio de Janeiro (BR) Alison 4 4,500.00 350
59 2015 August 26 GS Olsztyn (PL) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
60 2015 August 18 GS Long Beach (US) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
61 2015 August 13 NT Rio de Janeiro/rj (BR) 2 0.00 12
62 2015 July 21 GS Yokohama (JP) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
63 2015 July 8 MJS Gstaad (CH) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
64 2015 June 26 WCH Beach Volleyball Men WCHs (NL) Alison 1 60,000.00 1000
65 2015 June 16 GS St. Petersburg (US) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
66 2015 June 10 MJS Stavanger (NO) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
67 2015 June 3 MJS Porec (HR) Alison 17 7,000.00 240
68 2015 May 26 GS Moscow (RU) Alison 4 24,000.00 560
69 2015 February 5 NT Joao Pessoa/pb (BR) 5 0.00 2
70 2015 January 22 NT Fortaleza/ce (BR) 5 0.00 2
71 2014 December 4 NT Porto Alegre/rs (BR) 1 0.00 16
72 2014 November 13 NT Sao Jose/sc (BR) 2 0.00 12
73 2014 October 16 NT Campinas/sp (BR) 3 0.00 8
74 2014 September 23 GS Sao Paulo / Men (BR) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
75 2014 September 18 NT Niteroi/rj (BR) 1 0.00 16
76 2014 August 28 NT Vitoria/es (BR) 5 0.00 2
77 2014 August 20 GS Stare Jablonki / Men (PL) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
78 2014 July 30 GS Klagenfurt / Men (AT) Alison 1 57,000.00 800
79 2014 July 22 GS Long Beach / Men (US) Alison 9 14,000.00 360
80 2014 July 15 GS The Hague / Men (NL) Alison 4 30,000.00 560
81 2014 July 9 GS Gstaad (CH) Alison 2 43,000.00 720
82 2014 June 25 GS Stavanger (NO) Alison 9 11,000.00 360
83 2014 June 18 GS Berlin (DE) Alison 3 32,000.00 640
84 2014 June 11 GS Moscow (RU) Alison 5 17,000.00 480
85 2014 April 29 GS Shanghai (CN) Alison 17 7,000.00 240
86 2014 April 22 OPEN Fuzhou (CN) Alison 2 8,000.00 450
87 2013 December 11 OPEN Durban (ZA) Pedro Solberg 3 12,000.00 400
88 2013 October 22 GS Xiamen (CN) Pedro Solberg 9 5,500.00 400
89 2013 October 8 GS Sao Paulo (BR) Pedro Solberg 1 33,000.00 800
90 2013 August 21 GS Moscow (RU) Pedro Solberg 9 5,500.00 400
91 2013 August 6 GS Berlin (DE) Pedro Solberg 9 5,500.00 400
92 2013 July 22 GS Long Beach (US) Pedro Solberg 9 5,500.00 400
93 2013 July 10 GS Gstaad (CH) Pedro Solberg 2 22,000.00 720
94 2013 July 2 WCH Stare Jablonki (PL) Pedro Solberg 5 18,000.00 600
95 2013 June 18 GS Rome (IT) Pedro Solberg 3 16,500.00 640
96 2013 June 11 GS The Hague (NL) Pedro Solberg 1 33,000.00 800
97 2013 May 22 GS Corrientes (AR) Pedro Solberg 4 12,900.00 560
98 2013 April 30 GS Shanghai (CN) Pedro Solberg 2 22,000.00 720
99 2013 April 23 OPEN Fuzhou (CN) Pedro Solberg 5 6,500.00 300
100 2012 August 15 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) Thiago 5 13,200.00 480
101 2012 July 18 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
102 2012 July 10 GS Berlin (DE) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
103 2012 July 4 GS Gstaad (CH) Benjamin 5 13,200.00 480
104 2012 June 13 GS Rome (IT) -2 0.00 0
105 2012 June 8 GS Moscow (RU) Benjamin 5 13,200.00 480
106 2012 May 9 GS Beijing (CN) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
107 2012 May 2 GS Shanghai (CN) Benjamin 4 18,400.00 560
108 2012 April 25 OPEN Myslowice (PL) -2 0.00 0
109 2012 April 18 OPEN Brasilia (BR) -2 0.00 0
110 2011 August 24 OPEN The Hague (NL) -2 0.00 0
111 2011 August 17 OPEN Aland (FI) 33 0.00 30
112 2011 August 3 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Maciel 4 18,400.00 560
113 2011 July 27 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) -2 0.00 0
114 2011 July 20 OPEN Québec (CA) Maciel 9 6,000.00 240
115 2011 July 13 GS Moscow (RU) Benjamin 5 13,200.00 480
116 2011 July 6 GS Gstaad (CH) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
117 2011 June 29 GS Stavanger (NO) Benjamin 17 5,100.00 160
118 2011 June 13 WCH Rome (IT) Benjamin 9 11,000.00 400
119 2011 June 7 GS Beijing (CN) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
120 2011 April 19 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Benjamin 7 7,600.00 300
121 2010 August 25 OPEN The Hague (NL) Benjamin 2 21,000.00 540
122 2010 August 18 OPEN Aland (FI) Benjamin 7 7,600.00 300
123 2010 August 11 OPEN Kristiansand (NO) Benjamin 5 9,100.00 360
124 2010 August 4 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) Benjamin 17 5,100.00 160
125 2010 July 28 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Benjamin 17 5,100.00 160
126 2010 July 21 OPEN Marseille (FR) Benjamin 5 9,100.00 360
127 2010 July 7 GS Gstaad (CH) -2 0.00 0
128 2010 June 30 GS Stavanger (NO) Benjamin 17 5,100.00 160
129 2010 June 16 OPEN Prague (CZ) Benjamin 5 9,100.00 360
130 2010 June 9 GS Moscow (RU) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
131 2010 May 26 OPEN Myslowice (PL) Benjamin 9 6,000.00 240
132 2010 May 19 GS Rome (IT) Benjamin 9 8,000.00 320
133 2010 May 4 OPEN Shanghai (CN) Benjamin 5 9,100.00 360
134 2010 April 21 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Benjamin 3 15,000.00 480
135 2009 August 26 OPEN The Hague (NL) Maciel 17 2,800.00 120
136 2009 August 19 OPEN Aland (FI) Maciel 9 6,000.00 240
137 2009 August 12 OPEN Kristiansand (NO) Maciel 9 6,000.00 240
138 2009 August 5 OPEN Stare Jablonki (PL) Maciel 5 9,100.00 360
139 2009 July 29 GS Klagenfurt (AT) -2 0.00 0
140 2009 July 21 GS Marseille (FR) Maciel 5 11,400.00 480
141 2009 July 15 GS Moscow (RU) Maciel 9 8,000.00 320
142 2009 July 8 GS Gstaad (CH) -2 0.00 0
143 2009 June 26 WCH Stavanger (NO) Maciel 17 7,000.00 200
144 2009 April 22 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Maciel 13 4,250.00 180
145 2008 September 17 OPEN Guaruja (BR) Maciel 4 10,500.00 420
146 2008 September 3 OPEN Mallorca (ES) Maciel 7 7,000.00 300
147 2008 August 27 OPEN Kristiansand (NO) Maciel 2 19,500.00 540
148 2008 July 30 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Maciel 9 8,000.00 320
149 2008 July 23 GS Gstaad (CH) Maciel 9 8,000.00 320
150 2008 July 16 OPEN Marseille (FR) Maciel 7 7,000.00 300
151 2008 July 10 SAT Lausanne (CH) Maciel 2 2,400.00 30
152 2008 July 3 CHAL Brno (CZ) Maciel 4 2,300.00 56
153 2008 June 4 OPEN Stare Jablonki (PL) -2 0.00 0
154 2008 May 28 OPEN Barcelona (ES) Maciel 17 2,500.00 120
155 2008 May 14 OPEN Roseto degli Abruzzi (IT) -2 0.00 0
156 2008 May 7 OPEN Prague (CZ) -2 0.00 0
157 2007 September 26 OPEN Fortaleza (BR) Maciel 25 2,000.00 60
158 2007 August 16 SAT Lausanne (CH) Maciel 1 3,400.00 34
159 2007 July 26 CHAL Cyprus (CY) Maciel 5 1,950.00 48
160 2007 June 28 CHAL Brno (CZ) Maciel 9 950.00 32
161 2006 August 23 JWC Myslowice (PL) Pedro Solberg 1 0.00 0
162 2005 September 6 JWC Rio de Janeiro (BR) Vinícius 9 0.00 0