Jose 'Ze Roberto' Guimaraes is building a renewed team aiming to take Brazil to new heights and all the way to the Tokyo 2020 Games. After the Rio 2016 Games Guimaraes led Brazil to an immediate rebound by winning the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix in Nanjing. The 65-year-old has now led Brazil to 9 FIVB World Grand Prix gold medals. His long list of achievements in the sport extends far beyond this tournament however.
He is the only coach to win Olympic gold medals with both a men's and women's team, when he led Brazil's men at Barcelona 1992 and the women at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Since taking over as Brazil's women's team coach in 2003, Ze Roberto has guided them to eight South American Championships and gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. During the club season he coaches Hinode Barueri in the Brazilian Superleague, who ranked fourth in the Regular Season and sixth overall after the Playoffs this year.