The side will be at full strength come their first Pool A match against Thailand’s Federbrau and they will then face Turkey’s Fenerbahce. Jacqueline, Natalia, Sassá, Camila Brait, Adenízia and Thaisa, all of whom featured as part of the Brazil side that picked up silver at the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship on November 14 in Japan, will be travelling to Doha along with talismanic captain Carol Albuquerque, who herself won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
"I believe [Turkey’s] Fernerbahce, [Italy’s] Bergamo and our team come in as favorites,” Albuquerque said on the tournament. “I have never disputed a Club World Championship before and do not know if I will have another opportunity, so it will be an exclusive title and we are going in with full force to win this for the city of Osasco.”
Sollys Osasco coach Luizomar de Moura agreed with his captain that both Bergamo and Fenerbahce will be the biggest rivals in Doha along with Federbrau.
"Fenerbahce is a global selection, with players of various nationalities,” he said. “The team from Bergamo is practically the base of the Azzurri and Federbrau is an Asian team and it's always tough to play against opponents from Asia. In addition, there are two teams that we do not know much (Dominican Republic’s Mirador and Kenya Prisons.
"Brazilian Volleyball goes into any competition with great expectations so we cannot imagine that there is a greater expectation on top of our team,” he added. “It is a title that the group wants and we will try to find the best pace to get strong in Qatar."
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day