Volleyball in Brazil:
Currently Brazil is the most successful country when considering all categories of Volleyball.
The Brazil men's national volleyball team is currently the champion in the 2 major competitions (Volleyball World Cup and World Championship) and ranks number 1 in the FIVB World Rankings. Brazilian men team titles include:
2 Olympic gold medals (1992 and 2004) and 2 silver medals (1984 and 2008)
2 World Championship gold medals (2002 and 2006)
2 World Cup gold medals (2003 and 2007)
9 FIVB World League gold medals (1993, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010)
The women's team, which is also ranked number 1 in FIVB World Rankings, is the current Olympic champion. It has among its titles:
1 Olympic gold medal (2008) and 2 bronze medals (1996 and 2000)
2 World Championship silver medals (1994 and 2006)
6 FIVB World Grand Prix gold medals (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006)
1 Volleyball Grand Champions Cup gold medal (2005)
Brazilian younger teams maintain the same success rate as the senior squads. As of now (March 25, 2007), in the FIVB men ranking for junior and youth, Brazil is placed number 1 for women while the men are placed second.
Beach Volleyball has also given Brazilian athletes much success worldwide, today Brazil is the ruling country. The FIB 2006 World Tour has finished with Brazilians on the top in both men and women rankings. Both, men and women, have won Olympic Games medals. Men have won golden in 2004 and silver 2000 and 2008; and women have won golden in 1996, silver in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and bronze in 1996 and 2000. Brazilian athletes have also collected many medals in the World Tour.
Brazil has professional Volleyball team competitions: the Superliga Masculina de Volei and its female counterpart, Superliga Feminina de Volei. Among the most successful teams are: Minas, Banespa and Santo Andre for the male league and Rexona, Osasco and Clube de Regatas Flamengo for the female league.