The Most Famous

VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS from Brazil

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This page contains a list of the greatest Brazilian Volleyball Players. The pantheon dataset contains 121 Volleyball Players, 20 of which were born in Brazil. This makes Brazil the birth place of the most number of Volleyball Players.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Brazilian Volleyball Players of all time. This list of famous Brazilian Volleyball Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Brazilian Volleyball Players.

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1. Giba (1976 - )

With an HPI of 58.36, Giba is the most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages on wikipedia.

Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho, known as Giba (born 23 December 1976), is a Brazilian former professional volleyball player who played as an outside hitter. For much of the 2000s, he was widely regarded as one of the best volleyball players in the world. During his professional career he played in Brazil, Italy, Russia, Argentina and briefly in the United Arab Emirates. He is mostly remembered for his successes with the national team.With the Brazilian National Team he won a total of 8 South American Championships, 3 America's Cups, 8 World League titles, 3 World Grand Champions Cups, three World Championships (2002, 2006, 2010) and the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he was the team's captain.During summer 2014, Giba retired from professional volleyball at the age of 37.

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2. Bernardo Rezende (1959 - )

With an HPI of 57.71, Bernardo Rezende is the 2nd most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Bernardo Rocha de Rezende (born 25 August 1959), known as Bernardo Rezende and nicknamed Bernardinho, is a Brazilian volleyball coach and former player. He is the current coach of the female volleyball team Rio de Janeiro Vôlei Clube. Rezende is the most successful coach in the history of volleyball, accumulating more than 30 major titles in twenty-year career directing the Brazilian male and female teams, as of 2015 with 45 medals overall he is the most successful team sport coach of all time.

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3. Sérgio Santos (1975 - )

With an HPI of 52.66, Sérgio Santos is the 3rd most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Sérgio Dutra dos Santos, known as Serginho or Escadinha (born 15 October 1975) is a former Brazilian volleyball player, a member of Brazil men's national volleyball team and a former player of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista restructured volleyball team, his beloved club, 2004 and 2016 Olympic Champion, double silver medalist of the Olympic Games (2008, 2012), World Champion (2006, 2010), multimedalist of the World League, South American Championship, World Cup and the Grand Champions Cup, 2011 Brazil Champion. In 2009 he became the first libero to be named Most Valuable Player in the history of the FIVB World League.

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4. Bruno Rezende (1986 - )

With an HPI of 52.39, Bruno Rezende is the 4th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Bruno Mossa de Rezende (born 2 July 1986) is a Brazilian volleyball player, a member of Brazil men's national volleyball team and Italian club Funvic, 2016 Olympic Champion, double silver medalist of the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012), 2010 World Champion, double gold medalist of the World Grand Champions Cup (2009, 2013), South American Champion (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), multimedalist of the World League, Pan American Games, Brazilian Champion (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013), Italian Champion (2016, 2019).

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5. Dante Amaral (1980 - )

With an HPI of 51.52, Dante Amaral is the 5th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Dante Guimarães Santos do Amaral (born 30 September 1980) is a former Brazilian professional volleyball player, who is best known as Dante. Measuring 2.01 metres (6 ft 7 in) and 86 kilograms (190 lb), he played in the position of outside hitter. He was born in Itumbiara.

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6. Murilo Endres (1981 - )

With an HPI of 51.27, Murilo Endres is the 6th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Murilo Endres (born May 3, 1981) is a Brazilian volleyball player, member of Brazil men's national volleyball team and Brazilian club SESI São Paulo. He is a double silver medalist of the Olympic Games from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, World Champion (2006, 2010), silver medalist of the World Championship 2014, multimedalist of the World League, South American Championship, World Cup and the Grand Champions Cup.

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7. Gustavo Endres (1975 - )

With an HPI of 50.57, Gustavo Endres is the 7th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Gustavo Endres (born August 23, 1975 in Passo Fundo, Brazil) is a retired Brazilian volleyball player, a member of Brazil men's national volleyball team in 1997-2008, Olympic Champion Athens 2004, silver medalist of the Olympic Games from Beijing 2008, World Champion (2002, 2006), multimedalist of the World League, South American Championship, World Cup and the Grand Champions Cup. Endres added best blocker in World Championship 2002 and 2008 Olympic Games.

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8. Ricardo Garcia (1975 - )

With an HPI of 49.82, Ricardo Garcia is the 8th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Ricardo Bermudez Garcia (born November 19, 1975), known as Ricardinho, is a Brazilian volleyball player. He competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Ricardo is widely considered to be one of the best setters of all time, mainly for his ability to manipulate the opposing teams' blockers and create easy hitting opportunities for his attackers. Along with Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende, Ricardo is credited with creating the fast-paced offense, including extremely quick back row attacks and fast-paced sets to all positions on the court. This offense has been adopted by all major international teams and is consistently used at the highest levels today. Although Ricardo is widely considered one of the greatest setters, many experts have questioned his 'natural athleticism'. Ricardo was not particularly quick on his feet, and was not able block at a height necessary of stopping opposing attackers. However, due to the skill level of the Brazilian team during Ricardo's career, the team was able to create a defensive strategy in which Ricardo rarely blocked and was able to focus almost solely on setting. Garcia was born in São Paulo. In 2004, he was part of the Brazilian team which won the gold medal in the Olympic tournament. He played all eight matches. In 2007 he was dismissed from the team, reportedly because of contention with other team members. He rejoined the team for the 2012 Olympics in London where they won the silver medal.

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9. Jaqueline Carvalho (1983 - )

With an HPI of 48.47, Jaqueline Carvalho is the 9th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Jaqueline Maria Pereira de Carvalho Endres (born December 31, 1983 in Recife, Brazil) is a Brazilian volleyball player, a member of the Brazilian team that won the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

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10. Thaísa Menezes (1987 - )

With an HPI of 48.21, Thaísa Menezes is the 10th most famous Brazilian Volleyball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Thaísa Daher de Menezes, also known as Thaísa Menezes or Thaísa Daher, is a professional volleyball player from Brazil. She won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012. She has won numerous Best Spiker and Best Blocker Awards and is often singled out as one of the greatest Brazilian players of all time.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as volleyball players born between 1959 and 1992. Of these 20, 20 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living volleyball players include Giba, Bernardo Rezende, and Sérgio Santos. As of October 2020, 2 new volleyball players have been added to Pantheon including Ricardo Garcia and Wallace de Souza.

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Newly Added Volleyball Players (2020)

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