Born: July 19, 1960 in São Leopoldo
Category: Male Indoor Player
Renan Dal Zotto is one of the greatest indoor players to ever come out of Brazil, if not among the greatest players in the world, and he certainly has the credentials to back that up.
Renan had a 13-year career wearing Brazil’s green and yellow jersey starting at age 16 in 1976. The following year he played in his first FIVB international event, the 1977 World Cup.
By 1981, Renan was voted best defender and best passer in the world by the FIVB. He earned four trips to the Olympic Games in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992. After a fifth-place finish at his initial Olympics in 1980 at the age of 20, he paced Brazil to the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Two years earlier Renan sparked Brazil to the silver medal at the 1982 FIVB World Championship in Argentina.
Among his other honors are three South American Championship titles in a four-year span playing with Brazil and the 1983 Pan American Games gold medal. As a part of Brazil’s “Silver Generation”, he represented his country in three FIVB World Cups, two FIVB World Championships and three Pan American Games.
Following five seasons playing professionally for three different clubs in his native Brazil, Renan transferred to Italy. He played for Maxicono Parma for four years starting with the 1988-89 season before moving on to Messaggero Ravenna for one season in 1992-93. Maxicono Parma won the inaugural FIVB Men’s Club World Championship held in 1989. Renan was part of two Italian league championships and two Italia Cup titles in 1990 and 1992, three European Super Cup titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992, and the 1993 European Champions Cup title during his five club seasons in Italy.
When he returned from Italy, Renan ended his career as a player and went on to lead the Palmeiras/Parmalat of the Brazilian Super League as its coach. He currently serves as a selections director for the Brazilian Volleyball Federation.
In 2001 Renan received the titles of most spectacular player in the world, best defender in the world and world’s best spiker of the 20th century while being one of the FIVB’s finalists for best player of the 20th Century.
Because of Renan Dal Zotto’s highly decorated career and status as one the most dynamic players to ever play the sport, we are honored to welcome him into our 2015 Class of Inductees into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.