Champions for the first time last year, Brazil’s men’s volleyball team begins their quest for a second League of Nations title tonight. The team, led by coach Rennan Dal Zoto, enters the court against Australia at the Nilsson Nelson Gym in the federal capital at 21:00 (Brasilia time), which will host the other three games of the first leg (against Slovenia, United States). ) and China).
The competition opens the Olympic cycle for the Paris Games in 2024. After Brasilia, the competition will continue in Sofia (Bulgaria) and the third stage will take place in Osaka (Japan). The top four teams qualified for the semi-finals.
The team’s first match in Brazil will need extra attention, according to captain Setter Bruninho, who is starting his 16th season in the national team.
“The Australian team always bothers. He plays well, he has physical ability. From what we can see from our side in the friendly against Japan, we need to reduce the number of mistakes. This will be the debut match, which always has that nervousness. I look forward to a tough match”, the player said in a statement to the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV).
Bruninho’s experience, who turns 36 on July 2, protects athletes who are new to the national team, which is undergoing a renewal process.
“I am not only very happy to help out on the court, but with this more subtle part, my experience is telling a lot about my experience within the selection,” the captain said. “I was lucky to start with an incredible generation of players like Giba, Serginho, Murillo, Gustavo. What youngsters are going through today, I went through in my first World League in 2006.
For the first match, the team could not rely on Zotto Pointer Lucarelli due to a muscle problem in the left thigh. The replacement could be Viktor Birgui, who joined the team last Monday (6). Also in the selected group are weightlifters Bruninho and Fernando Cachopa; Unlike Franco and Alan; Kendra Isaac, Lucao, Flavio and Leandro Aracaju; and Rodriginho, Vacari and Adriano Hand; And the liberals Thales and Mike.
Phase I (Brasilia)
Australia – 08/06 – 21h
Slovenia 09/06 – 21h
United States 06/11 – 15:00
Phase II – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Poland – 06/22 – 11am
Serbia – 23/06 – 10:30 am
Phase III – Osaka (Japan)
Germany – 06/07 – 3h40