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Personal information
Full name Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1976-12-23) 23 December 1976 (age 38)
Londrina, Paraná
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Spike 325 cm (128 in)
Block 312 cm (123 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside Spiker
Current club None
Years Teams
Chapecó São Caetano
Olympikus São Caetano
Report Nipomed
Minas Belo Horizonte
Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo
Iskra Odintsovo
Personal Bolívar
Al-Nasr Dubai
National team
1995–2012  Brazil

Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho, known as Giba (born 23 December 1976 in Londrina), is a former Brazilian professional volleyball player who played as an outside hitter. For much of the 2000s, he was widely regarded as one of the best volleyball players in the world. During his professional career he played in Brazil, Italy, Russia, Argentina and briefly in the United Arab Emirates. He is mostly remembered for his successes with the national team.

With the Brazilian National Team he won a total of 8 South American Championships, 3 America's Cups, 8 World League titles, 2 World Grand Champions Cups, three World Championships (2002, 2006, 2010) and the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he was the non-playing captain.

During summer 2014, Giba retired from professional volleyball at the age of 37.

Club career[edit]

Giba debuted in his country for clubs such as Curitibano, Cocamar, Chapecó, São Caetano, Nipomed, Olympikus and Minas. He later moved to Italy, acquired by Yahoo! Ferrara, playing the Italian Top Division (Serie A1). After two years with that team, he signed a contract with Noicom BreBanca Cuneo (2003). In 2006 he won the Italian Cup, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition. In the summer 2007 he left Italy to play with Iskra Odintsovo. After playing 2 years in Russia in 2009 Giba moved back to Brazil and played for Pinheiros where in the first season with the club he won a bronze medal of the Brazilian Superliga.[1] Over the last years of his career he also played for Club Ciudad de Bolívar in Argentina and briefly for Al-Nasr Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

International career[edit]


Giba debuted for the Brazilian National Team at the age of 18 in 1995. His first major success with the team was winning a title of the World Grand Champions Cup in 1997. In the subsequent years Brazil came up short in both the 1998 World Championship in Japan, where they lost a 5-set semifinal against the two-time defending champions Italy and in 2000 Sydney Olympics where after winning their group without losing a match, Brazilian team was upset in the quarterfinals losing 1-3 to Argentina. In 2001 Giba won his first World League title, while Brazil beat 8-time winners Italy in the final.


The following years are described as the Golden Era of Brazilian volleyball where Giba was a leader of an exceptional team coached by Bernardo Rezende which featured such players as: Dante, André, Gustavo, André Heller, Ricardo Garcia and Sérgio Santos. After losing a disappointing 2002 World League final to Russia in Belo Horizonte, the team won all of the next 11 major international competitions, including: 5 World League titles, 2 World Championships, 2 World Cups, the World Grand Champions Cup and the Olympic gold medal.

At the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, Brazil took revenge on both Italy (beating 3-time defending champions 3-2 in the quarterfinals) and Russia (winning in a dramatic five-set final).[2] It was the first World Championships title for the Brazilian National Team in history. In 2003 led by Giba the Brazilian team won the first of five consecutive World League titles, beating Serbia and Montenegro in the final (31-29 in the fifth-set tie-break).[3]

At the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Giba was at his best helping Brazilian National Team to win its second gold medal in history and being voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player.[4][5] His tremendous form continued during the next couple of seasons when in addition to winning titles, Giba was also awarded the MVP trophies for his performance at the 2006 World League, the 2006 World Championship[6] and the 2007 World Cup. In that period he was considered by many to be the best volleyball player in the world. In 2006 he was given Prêmio Brasil Olímpico as the best Brazilian athlete of the year.


In 2008 with 32-year-old Giba still in the starting lineup Brazil began to lose its aura of invincibility. The first upset came in the final tournament of the World League held in Rio de Janeiro. Playing in front of the home crowd Brazil was expected to win sixth title in row. In the semifinal however they were shocked by the United States losing the match 0:3. Later on that year Brazilian Team was able to reach the final of the Beijing Olympics, but again they lost to the USA, this time in four sets.[7] In a result Giba added a silver medal to the gold won four years earlier in Athens.

The following year Giba was included in a rebuilt squad which bounced back from the disappointing losses and regained the World League title. In the final played in Belgrade, Brazil faced Serbia and more than 22,000 of its supporters and won in a close five-setter.[8] In 2010 Giba lost his spot in the starting lineup, as Rezende preferred to use younger Dante and Murilo as starting spikers. Giba however remained the team's captain and was still an important part of the national team, winning his eight World League title and the third World Championship in the tournament held in Italy.[9]

In 2011, with Dante injured, Giba returned to the starting lineup and was close to add another World League title to his collection. He came up short however, as the Brazilian Team lost a close five-set final to Russia. At the 2012 London Olympics, with Giba again used mostly as a reserve captain, Brazil was on its way to another gold medal. Leading 2:0 and having a commanding advantage in the third set in the final against Russia, Brazilians missed out on couple of match points and were eventually beaten in five sets.[10] The loss meant that Giba's third Olympic medal turned out to be a silver. After the Olympics, he retired from the Brazilian national team.[11]



National team[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Giba was born in Londrina, but raised in Curitiba.

Since 2003 he has been married to the Romanian-Brazilian former international volleyball player, Cristina Pîrv.[12][13] They have 2 children together, a daughter Nicoll (8) and a son Patrick (4). In November 2012, Cristina has filled for divorce.[14]

He works with children fighting leukemia. He was diagnosed with this disease when he was six months old.


  1. ^ "Pinheiros/Sky picks up third place in Brazil’s men’s Superliga". FIVB. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brazil takes home the World Championship title". FIVB. October 13, 2002. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brazil edges Serbia and Montenegro in the tightest of finals tiebreakers". FIVB. July 13, 2003. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Golden Brazil win volleyball title". CNN. August 29, 2004. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brazil claim gold in magical performance". FIVB. August 29, 2004. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brazil defends men's volleyball world championship title". People's Daily. December 4, 2006. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "US wins gold medal in men's volleyball". USA Today. August 24, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brazil is 2009 World League champion". FIVB. July 26, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Brazil continue golden reign with third world crown". FIVB. October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Russia come from behind to win Olympic title after 32 years, Brazil and Italy get silver and bronze". FIVB. August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Brazilian legend Giba calls time on career". FIVB. August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Românce cu lipici la staruri. Conaţionalele au frânt inimile bărbaţilor celebri din sport" (in Romanian). Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Cristina Pârv şi Giba, naşi de botez la Cluj" (in Romanian). Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cristina Divorces Giba". Volleywood. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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Preceded by
Serbia and Montenegro Vladimir Grbić
2004 Summer Olympics MVP
Succeeded by
United States Clayton Stanley
Preceded by
Argentina Marcos Milinkovic
World Championship MVP
Succeeded by
Brazil Murilo Endres
Preceded by
João Derly
Brazilian Sportsmen of the Year
Succeeded by
Thiago Pereira