French volleyball is currently discussing with Brazilian legend Bernardo Rezende, said Bernardinho, to succeed Laurent Tillie as coach of the Blues after the Tokyo Games this summer, AFP learned from a source close to the case, confirming information from L 'Team.
Laurent Tillie, who took the head of the French men's volleyball team in the summer of 2012, announced at the end of February that he would stop the selection after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, after spending nine years at the head of the Blues and experienced the best period of French volleyball (European title in 2015, World League in 2015 and double Olympic qualification 2016 and 2020).
Tillie had stacked up a year
Initially scheduled for summer 2020, the Olympics were postponed for a year (July 23-August 8) and Tillie extended his contract for one year.
The French Federation launched in early February a call for candidates, French or foreign, to succeed Laurent Tillie, with a view to the Olympic Games at home in 2024 in Paris.
This process continues and several candidates have been heard, including the Brazilian Bernardinho.
Discussions are taking place this week between the Brazilian technician and the FFVolley.
This coach is a true legend of world volleyball, with a record at the head of the Brazilian selection (2001-2017) which leaves one dreaming: Olympic champion in 2004 in Athens and in 2016 in Rio (plus two silver medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London), three-time world champion (2002, 2006, 2010) and eight-time winner of the World League.
After the Olympic tournament, the last of Laurent Tillie, the French volleyball players will play the European Championship from September 1 to 19, which will be the first official competition of the new coach.
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