Volleyball in Brazil

It might be fair to say that after football, volleyball is Brazil's second sport. Brazil has a volleyball culture that is unknown in other countries, including significant popularity as a spectator sport, both in person and on television.
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Women's National Team
A perfect adaptation to the beach-crazed culture, Brazilians have also perfected another version called futevolei, which is volleyball played without hands. A traditional global powerhouse, in 2010, both the men's and women's teams were ranked number one in the world.

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Volleyball in Rio
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Beach Volleyball in Rio

Volleyball has a special place in Rio de Janeiro's local culture. A popular sport here, as well, is called frescobol, which is played with small wooden racquets and a hard rubber ball on a beach volleyball court.
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If you're interested in soaking in some of the local volleyball culture, or even playing yourself, head to Rua Garcia D'Avila on Ipanema Beach. There look for the Escolinha de Volei, with its large Brazilian flag, run by Pele, who has been teaching volleyball classes on the beach since the 1990s. He offers lessons in the morning from 8am to 11am, and in the afternoon from 5pm to 7pm.

Escolinha de Volei
Tel: 9702 5794
www.peledapraia.com

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Volleyball as a National Sport
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Brazil has long been a world power in volleyball, with the medals and awards to show for it. The men's team took gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and silver in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The women's team, following bronze medals in 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney, took the gold medal in 2008.

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=> The Superliga Brasileira de Voleibol features 14 men's teams and 12 women's teams, and has a widespread following, including televised games.
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