It's a master stroke: the best volleyball coach on the planet will lead the France team.
Bernardo Rocha de Rezende, better known as Bernardinho, will take charge of the French men's volleyball team after the Tokyo Olympics.
He will be in post at least until the Games of Paris in-2024 in Paris.
He will succeed the current coach Laurent Tillie.
The official announcement was made on Monday by the French Volleyball Federation.
💣💣💣 Bernardinho at the head of the French team after the Tokyo Olympic Games!
Quite simply the biggest prize list in world coaching 💥
The press release ➡️ https://t.co/KnVwnkMb7B pic.twitter.com/SfwCc6gsxU
- FFvolley (@FFvolley) April 12, 2021
Currently coach of the women's club of Rio de Janeiro, Bernardinho was seduced by the tricolor project and the idea of going for a new Olympic gold medal.
He has already won a lot.
As a player, the former passer won an Olympic title in 1984 and a world coronation in 1982. His coaching CV is even more regal.
At the head of the Seleção he won everything: 2 titles at the Olympic Games (2002 and 2016), 3 World Championships (2002, 2006 and 2010), 2 World Cups (2002 and 2007) and 8 World Leagues.
“This French team has the potential and I would like to highlight the admirable work that Laurent Tillie has done with his players over the past nine years.
I want to continue this work, to push the limits and capacities of each one, to continue to make them grow as athletes and human beings ”, underlined Bernardinho.
He is the benchmark in the world of volleyball and will start at the helm of the Blues for the 2021 European Championship from September 1 to 19.