Coaching legend Bernardinho to oversee French volleyball for Paris 2024

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Laurent Tillie is expected to step down as head coach of the French men's volleyball team after Tokyo 2020 © Getty Images


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Legendary Brazilian volleyball coach Bernardinho is set to take over the men’s France team, with an eye on success at their home Games at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Bernardinho turned to the coach after a playing career that saw him win Olympic silver in Los Angeles 1984, losing the final to the United States.

As a coach, he guided the Brazilian men’s national team to four successive Olympic finals, winning gold in Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 and silver in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Previously, he led the Brazilian women’s team to their best results at the Games of the time, winning bronze at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000.

He will replace Laurent Tillie as head coach of the team, which led the country to its first European title in 2015, as well as a fourth place finish at the 2014 World Championships.

“We are very happy that Bernardinho accepted our proposal,” said Eric Tanguy, president of the French Volleyball Federation.

“Its huge track record testifies to our desire to see the France team continue to evolve at the highest level and aim for the podiums.

“We are convinced that with his experience and his high standards, he will be able to contribute to the launch of this Olympiad, which is particularly important for us, with the Paris 2024 Games in his sights. “

France had a better result with an eighth place in volleyball at the Olympic Games in 1984.

The country finished ninth in the event at Rio 2016 and qualified for Tokyo 2020.

Laurent Tillie is expected to step down as head coach of the French men’s volleyball team after Tokyo 2020 © Getty Images

Tillie is expected to step down from her role after the next Olympics.

Bernardinho’s first competition is set to be the European Championships, scheduled for September 1–19 and he says he’s excited about the challenge.

“I am very honored that the federation has accepted my candidacy,” said Bernardinho.

“This decision was not easy because it requires personal sacrifices, but when I look at this France team and its evolution today, I am very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​being able to bring my expertise to it, in order to evolve towards a single common goal – the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Paris.

“The team has the potential and I want to recognize the admirable work Laurent Tillie has done with his players over the past nine years. “

In Paris 2024, the French men’s volleyball team will participate in the Olympic Games for the sixth time.

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