Brazil have won a total of five medals at the Olympic Games and have been in every edition of the quadrennial since 1964. The Brazilians won gold at Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004. They won their first Olympic medal – a silver - at Los Angeles 1984. In the last two editions at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the Brazilians also finished with silver medals. As hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil are looking to improve on these silver medal finishes and capture their third gold medal in front of their home fans.
During the 15-year tenure of renowned coach Bernardo ‘Bernardinho’ Rezende, Brazil have at times seemed unstoppable, collecting plenty of trophies along the way. Rezende led the team to the 2001 World League title in his first outing and they claimed the championship in successive years from 2003 to 2007. The Brazilians won back-to-back World League titles again in 2009 and 2010, three successive titles at the World Championship in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and two titles at the World Cup in 2003 and 2007. As one of the most consistent competitors in the World League, Brazil aimed to go one better than they did in 2013 and 2014, when they finished second to USA and Russia, respectively. They were assured a place in the 2015 final round in Rio de Janeiro as hosts, but only managed to finish in fifth place. Brazil went close to winning the 2014 World Championship in Poland, losing in the final to an impressive host nation. The Brazilians are the most dominating nation in the South American Championship with 30 gold medals in 31 editions.