VOLLEYBALL: A NATIONAL PASSION

Everyone who once played or watched a volleyball game knows very well: if there is no collective work, there is no game. Perhaps this challenge of a true team effort is what makes volleyball one of the most popular sports in the world, both in its competitive and recreational practice. Volleyball also has a series of elements and forms of interaction that make it unique among rally games. It is a vibrant sport, which produces a strong symbiosis between fans and players, promoting, like few others, reversal of expectations and strong emotions.

In its various contexts, volleyball is always associated with pleasure, joy, health and passion. Its audience includes people of different generations, creating a light atmosphere at all volleyball events and competitions.

According to a research by CBV (Brazilian Volleyball Federation), volleyball is the second most popular sport in Brazil, coming right after the soccer played by Pelé and Zico. The volleyball visibility in the land of soccer is no accident: Brazilians have been protagonists of the recent history of this sport. Since the country’s first volleyball medal, in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, the men's team has been collecting world titles. Since then, there was in total five medals in Olympic Games (2 gold medals and 3 silver medals) and not less than nine World League titles. A benchmark in the history of Brazilian volleyball, 1984’s medal also initiated a successful season for the women's team: in Olympic Games, the girls brought home two gold and two bronze medals. In the Grand Prix, largest international women's volleyball competition, the team already has ten titles. Beach volleyball is not far behind. The sport, which is relatively recent in Olympics Games (it was included in 1996), has earned eleven medals to the country in only five editions of the games, including two gold medals.

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