Team profile


Rio de Janeiro Volei Clube will be competing in an FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship for the fourth time in the history of the event, after claiming a silver medal in 2013 (after a straight-set defeat to Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul) and finishing fourth in 2015 - both in Zurich - and fifth last year in Manila.

The team features Gabi Guimaraes and Juciely Silva from the Brazil side at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, plus two-time Olympic gold medallist libero Fabi Oliveira. The team was reinforced this season with the addition of Anne Buijs, who helped The Netherlands to fourth place at Rio 2016.

Rio de Janeiro Volei Clube was founded in 1997 in Curitiba, before moving to Rio in 2003. They have won the Brazilian Superleague title 11 times, including the last four editions in a row.

They are also the reigning South American champions, having won the continental club title a total of four times, in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Their latest success came after a 3-1 win in the final over the second Brazilian side in the competition, Dentil Praia Clube of Uberlandia.


Bernardo Rezende

Bernardo Rezende

Bernardo 'Bernardinho' Rezende is one of the most successful coaches in the history of volleyball.

Since the beginning of his coaching career in 1989, the 57-year-old Rio de Janeiro native has accumulated seven Olympic medals (one as a player in Los Angeles 1984), coaching Brazil's women's National Team to bronze in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 and the men's National Team to gold in Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 plus silver in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

As coach of Rio de Janeiro Volei Clube since the club's creation in 1997, he has developed the team as the most successful in Brazil, with a record 11 national titles and 4 South American titles.


  • Team Manager Harry Bollmann Neto
  • Assistant coach Ricardo Tabach
  • Second Assistant Coach Helio Griner
  • Doctor Marco Jardim
  • Physiotherapist Guilherme Tenius