Team profile

Rexona-Sesc Rio

Rio de Janeiro Volei Clube will be competing in an FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship for the third 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 events were held in Zurich.

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. 

The players are led by coach Bernardo ‘Bernardinho’ Rezende, who guided the men’s team of Brazil to gold 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 Superliga 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 three times, in 2013, 2015 and 2016.


Bernardo Rezende

Bernardo Rezende

After leading the men’s national team of Brazil to a breathtaking gold medal appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Bernardo ‘Bernardinho’ Rezende returns to club duties to guide Rexona-Sesc Rio de Janeiro in their third FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship appearance.

As a player, the 57-year-old Rio native is a two-time Olympian - he played for Brazil in Moscow 1980 before winning a silver medal in Los Angeles 1984. He also won a silver medal at the 1982 FIVB Volleyball World Championship.

As a coach, Bernardinho spent a few years with clubs in Italy before taking charge of the women’s national team of Brazil in 1994, leading the side to bronze medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He switched to the men’s national team of Brazil in 2001, leading them to Olympic gold in Athens 2004, followed by two silvers in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and culminating with another gold in Rio 2016. He also led Brazil to three consecutive FIVB World Championship titles in 2002, 2006 and 2010. In the late 1990s, Bernardinho also took charge of the Rio de Janeiro Volei Clube women’s team, which he led to 11 national league titles, as well as to South American Club Championship gold medals in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Bernardinho coached Rio de Janeiro to a silver medal at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship, when they lost to VakifBank Istanbul in straight sets in Zurich. Last year, also in Zurich, he led the team to fourth place.


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





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul
3 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 9 3 3.000 285 223 1.278
Pomi Casalmaggiore
3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 5 1.200 229 236 0.970
Rexona-Sesc Rio
3 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 6 1.166 281 264 1.064
PSL - F2 Logistics Manila
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 0.111 176 248 0.709