Team profile

Sada Cruzeiro Volei

Sada Cruzeiro qualify as hosts and have appeared in each of the previous three competitions for the same reason. At the 2014 edition they finished fourth after losing to Argentinian side UPCN San Juan in the bronze medal match. A year earlier they won the competition by sweeping Russian side Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the final. In doing so they became the first non-Italian side to be crowned as champions, in what was the ninth edition of the tournament.

They have been dominant domestically, winning three of the last five Brazilian league championships, and claiming runners-up medals in the other two campaigns. They also won the Copa Brasil de Voleibol in 2014. At continental level they won the South American Championship in 2012 and 2014, defeating UPCN San Juan on both occasions. However, in February of this year the Argentinians got revenge by beating the Brazilians in the gold medal match. The club was created in the city of Betim by Sada Group in 2006, and subsequently linked up with Brazilian football team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in 2009. Due to the football team's fanbase, Sada Cruzeiro grew massively and now get some of the biggest attendances in the country.


Marcelo Mendez

Marcelo Mendez

Marcelo Mendez has been in charge of Brazilian side Sada Cruzeiro since 2009. Here he will be looking to emulate his achievements of 2013, when he led the team to victory in this competition in front of passionate Brazilian fans in Betim. That victory helped banish the memory of a year earlier, when his team lost in the final of the World Club Championship. In April 2015 he led Cruzeiro to their third Brazil Superliga title in five years, and in 2014 they added a South American Championship to the one they won in 2012.


  • Team Manager Luis Sales
  • Assistant coach Humberto Pereira Martelete
  • Second Assistant Coach Fabio Correia
  • Doctor Sergio Augusto Campolina De Azeredo
  • Physiotherapist Alysson Lima Zuin





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
Zenit Kazan
2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 6.000 169 138 1.224
Sada Cruzeiro Volei
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 3 1.333 158 145 1.089
Capitanes de Arecibo
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 0.000 106 150 0.706