Brazil will be after the only major title that still eludes them when they take to the courts of Japan this year at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. Together with Japan and USA, Brazil are the second most prolific participants in the competition, making their 16th appearance, having only missed the 1952 and 1967 editions. Only Russia, including participation as the USSR have more (17).
Brazil have made it to the final of the World Championship three times, but lost on each occasion; in 1994 to Cuba 3-0 at home in Sao Paulo and twice running in 2006 and 2010 to Russia - both in Japan and both in five sets. They finished third in the latest edition of the World Championship, after beating Italy 3-2 in the bronze medal match in 2014 in Milan.
However, Brazil have twice been crowned Olympic champions, earning top spot on the podium with wins in the finals of Beijing 2008 and London 2012, both over USA in four sets. They also won Olympic bronze at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games.
Outside of the Olympic arena, the south Americans have been the dominant force in the World Grand Prix, clinching 12th tiles throughout the history of the competition. In this year's inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Brazil made the Final Six in Nanjing, but were knocked out by Turkey 3-0 in the semi-finals and then lost to China 3-0 in the bronze medal match.
Unsurprisingly, Brazil also boast a highly impressive continental record, having won the South American Championship 20 times, including the last 12 times of asking. This is in addition to four Pan-American Games successes, in 1959, 1963, 1999 and 2011. Last time around in the Pan-American Games they finished runners-up to USA in Toronto 2015.