Contagem, Brazil, June 12, 2020 – Argentinean star Facundo Conte is set for his third-straight season playing in Brazil after the 30-year-old outside hitter agreed on an extension of his contract with reigning South American champions Sada Cruzeiro Volei until the end of the 2020-2021 club season.
The veteran who first played in Brazil during the 2018-2019 season, when he won the country’s Superliga for Taubate, was a key piece in the team’s success in 2019-2020, when he helped Sada Cruzeiro winning the South American Championship, the Brazilian Cup and the Minas Gerais State Championship. The club also took silver medals at the 2019 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship, when he was elected the best outside hitter, and in the Brazilian SuperCup.
“I’m so excited to stay with Sada Cruzeiro for another season,” he reacted. “Last season was very important and even if we couldn’t actually finish it, we still managed to win three titles and the silver medal at the Club World Championship. All this success just made me want to stay and win more trophies with this team. This is a winning team and all I care about is winning, so this is definitely the right place for me.”
Conte’s decision to stay with Sada Cruzeiro will also help him at the international level as he’ll continue working with Argentina’s national team head coach Marcelo Mendez, who’s been with the Brazilian club since 2009, in the season leading to the Tokyo Olympics. The outside hitter has been a part of his country’s national team since 2009 and has appeared at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics and the last three editions of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.
The son of the legendary Hugo Conte, the Argentinean is the latest returning player confirmed by the club, which was able to keep most of its core from last season, including setter Fernando Kreling, middle blocker Isac Santos and Otavio Pinto and veteran outside hitter Filipe Ferraz, who will start his 11th season with the club after winning 37 titles in his first decade wearing blue.
The club lost three important players this off-season in Canadian outside hitter Gordon Perrin, who moved to Russia’s Ural Ufa
, and opposites Evandro Guerra, a Rio 2016 Olympic champion, and Luan Weber, but reacted quickly and replaced them with Cuban outside hitter Miguel Angel Lopez and 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup Most Valuable Player, opposite Alan Souza.
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