We previously reported on the potential appointment of legendary coach Bernardo Rezende as the coordinator for all men’s Brazilian teams, and we now have official confirmation. Furthermore, José Roberto Guimarães, the current head coach of the Brazilian women’s senior national team and the leader of the Turkish powerhouse THY Istanbul (Türk Hava Yolları SK) this season, is being eyed for a comparable position with Brazil’s women’s teams. His approval, however, is still pending.
The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) recently unveiled its new organizational approach for the National Teams Unit. A highlight of the announcement is the addition of two technical coordinators aimed at aligning strategies between the senior and youth teams for the upcoming 2024, 2028, and 2032 Olympic Games.
Legendary volleyball figure, Bernardinho, has been appointed to oversee planning for the male teams. Meanwhile, José Roberto Guimarães has been extended an invitation to assume a similar role for the women’s squads while still leading the senior women’s team. As of now, Guimarães’ decision remains pending as the focus shifts to the imminent Pre-Olympic contest beginning on the 16th.
Jorge Bichara, CBV’s technical director, shared his vision, “Brazilian volleyball’s legacy is deeply rooted in the seamless integration between our senior and youth teams. By instating the new technical coordinator roles, we hope to further this legacy. Our chosen coordinators, Bernardinho and José Roberto Guimarães, are undoubtedly among the nation’s most accomplished coaches.”
Bernardinho, renowned for his success both as a player and a coach, expressed his enthusiasm about rejoining the men’s teams. He emphasized the need for a collective vision between the youth and senior squads, especially as they approach future Olympic cycles. Bernardinho’s plan includes immersing younger players in international tournaments to ensure smooth generational transitions.
Renan Dal Zotto, current head of the senior team, welcomed Bernardinho’s appointment, expressing confidence in their shared vision. As they both prepare for the Pre-Olympics kicking off on the 30th in Rio de Janeiro, the synergy between the two seems promising for Brazilian volleyball.