Defending champions Brazil have been a dominant force in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and in the last 12 editions have won the title eight times finishing runners-up on three other occasions.
Brazil is a volleyball-loving nation and will try to put behind them the huge disappointment of their elimination in the quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the hands of China, embarking on a new cycle as they chase a ninth Grand Prix title. Brazil won the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and did the same at London 2012 to become the third team, after the Soviet Union and Cuba, to retain the Olympic title. The Brazilians also took Olympic bronze at Atlanta in 1996 and at Sydney 2000. They have won the South American Championship 18 times, including the last 10 times of asking. They finished third at the World Championship in Italy in 2014 having come second to Russia at the previous two editions. They also won the Grand Champions Cup in 2005 and 2013.