Marianne Steinbrecher

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Marianne Steinbrecher
Mari, Grand Prix Łódź, Poland.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marianne Steinbrecher
Nickname Mari
Nationality Brazilian
Born (1983-08-23) August 23, 1983 (age 33)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Spike 320 cm (130 in)
Block 308 cm (121 in)
Volleyball information
Position Wing spiker / Opposite spiker
Current club Brazil Molico/Nestlé Osasco
Number 7
Years Teams
Brazil Rolândia/Faccar
Brazil Grêmio Londrinense
Brazil BCN/Osasco
Brazil Finasa/Osasco
Italy Scavolini Pesaro
Brazil São Caetano/Blausiegel
Brazil Unilever Volley
Turkey Fenerbahçe Istanbul
Brazil Praia Clube
Brazil Molico/Nestlé Osasco
Indonesia Jakarta Pertamina Energi
Brazil Vôlei Bauru
National team
2004–2012 Brazil

Marianne Steinbrecher, known as Mari (born August 23, 1983[1]), is a volleyball player from Brazil,[2] who plays as a wing spiker (basically outside hitter, occasionally opposite hitter)[3] at Molico/Osasco. She represented her native country at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in which she helped her country win the gold medal. She is known for her high arm swing when hitting and her ability to hit over the top of most blocks.

Life and career[edit]

Born in São Paulo,[2] Steinbrecher, who is of Russian and German descent,[4] started playing volleyball when she was 14 years old.[4] After playing for Rolândia/Faccar and Grêmio Londrinense,[5] she professionalized while playing for Osasco.[4] Playing for Osasco, she won the Salonpas Cup in 2001, in 2002 and in 2005,[6] the Campeonato Paulista in 2003,[4] and the Superliga in 2003–04.[6] In 2006, she left Osasco and joined Italian club Scavolini Pesaro.[4][5] In 2008, she returned to Brazil to play for São Caetano/Blausiegel in the Copa Brasil.[7][8] In 2010, she signed a contract with the Brazilian club Unilever Volley. She played with Fenerbahçe in the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship held in Doha, Qatar and helped her team to win the bronze medal after defeating Puerto Rico's Lancheras de Cataño 3-0.[9]

National team[edit]


Playing for the national team, she won the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2004, in 2006, in 2008[4] and in 2009. In the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix, she was awarded the competition's Most Valuable Player (MVP).[10] Steinbrecher participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics, in which her country finished in the fourth place, after being defeated by Cuba in the bronze medal match.[11] In the 2007 Pan American Games, she won the silver medal, after her country was defeated by Cuba in the final.[4] In 2008, Steinbrecher helped Brazil win the FIVB World Grand Prix, also winning the competition's Most Valuable Player award.[12] In the same year, on her birthday, in Beijing, Steinbrecher won her first gold medal in the Olympic Games, after her country beat the United States 3–1 in the gold medal match.[13]

Mari took part of the National Team who won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.[14]

Scoring statistics[edit]

Competition Spike Block Serve Total
2006 FIVB World Championship[15] 48 10 1 59
2008 FIVB World Grand Prix[16] 56 10 2 68
2009 FIVB World Grand Prix[17] 45 12 5 62
2010 FIVB World Grand Prix[18] 14 4 - 18
2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup[19] 49 9 5 63





  1. ^ "Marianne Steinbrecher". Yahoo. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b "A história do voleibol nos Jogos Pan-Americanos // Perfis da Seleção Feminina e do técnico Zé Roberto" (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Women's Particip" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Mari" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Marianne Steinbrecher" (in Italian). Scavolini Pesaro. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Títulos" (in Portuguese). Marianne Steinbrecher's official website. Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Reforço do São Caetano/Blausiegel, Mari crê em sucesso na temporada" (in Portuguese). Planeta Volei. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  8. ^ "São Caetano conta com Fofão, Mari e Sheilla" (in Portuguese). iG. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Fenerbahce defeat Lancheras for women's bronze medal". Doha, Qatar: FIVB. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Modelo de superação" (in Portuguese). JB Online. 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-08-23. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Sonho de ouro vira pesadelo para o Brasil" (in Portuguese). UOL. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  12. ^ "Brazil claim seventh World Grand Prix title with perfect 5-0 record". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  13. ^ "Brasil vence os EUA na final e conquista glória máxima no vôlei feminino" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  14. ^ FIVB (2011-10-20). "Brazil wins fourth Pan Am Games gold medal". Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
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Preceded by
Netherlands Manon Flier
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Brazil Sheilla Castro