Minas Tênis Clube

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Minas Tênis Clube
Minas Tênis Clube's crest
Minas I main building
Formation 15 November 1935; 84 years ago (1935-11-15)
Founder Necésio Tavares
Waldomiro Salles Pereira
Otacílio Negrão de Lima
José Mendes Junior
Benedito Valadares
Type Traditional club
Key people
Luiz Gustavo Lage (president)
Website minastenisclube.com.br

Minas Tênis Clube (short, just Minas) is a social, recreational and sports club from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. By 2013, it has more than 73,000 members. Its patrimony comprises two urban units, the Minas I and Minas II, and two country units, Minas Country and Minas Tênis Náutico Clube. It also has its own indoor arena, named Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, which is a part of the Minas I complex.

Minas is best known for the professional teams it maintains, in a variety of olympic sports. It also maintains youth teams, and is recognized to be one of the most important formation centers of new sports talents in Brazil. Currently the club has approximately 1000 competing athletes, being about 900 youth athletes.[1]


The club in 1938

The land that would become the first location of Minas Tênis Clube (currently Minas I) was originally assigned to become a zoo at Belo Horizonte's original urban plan, from the 1890s. By the beginning of the 1930s the urban growth surrounded the land with residential areas. In addition, it was very close to the Palácio da Liberdade, by then the official residence of the governor of Minas Gerais state. Thus the plan for a zoo raised environmental and hygiene concerns among the locals and the top officers of the state administration. Moreover, at the time the city had few entertainment and sports facilities. The then major Otacílio Negrão de Lima [pt], aware of this gap, demonstrated the interest to establish a sports center to replace the original project of a zoo.

Concurrently, prominent people from the high society in Belo Horizonte planned to found a big sport club to promote the practice of sports in the city. Necésio Tavares was the leader of this movement. He had previously created a volleyball team with his own name, and started the movement to get funding and supporting to found a club named Serra. The then 23-year-old named Waldomiro Salles Pereira, whom had the intention to found a club for the practice of tennis, get to know about Necésio's initiative, and approaches him to join forces, and to found a unique new club. Together, they develop the concept of the Serra Tennis Clube.

The group, knowing the intention of the major to promote the sports in the city, asked him to donate the land to the foundation of the new club. The major agrees with the condition that the name should be changed to Minas Tênis Clube, and that the club's first president should be appointed by the then governor of the state, Benedito Valadares [pt]. All the interests were aligned, and the official act of the club's establishment was signed on November 15, 1935, in the headquarters of the Automobile Club of Minas Gerais [pt]. At the occasion, Necésio Tavares was appointed as the club's first president.


Locations in Greater Belo Horizonte
Minas I
Minas II
Minas Country
Minas Náutico

The combined area of all locations is 471,000 m² (approximately 108 acres).

Minas I[edit]

The Minas I complex occupies an area larger than 31,000 m² (being 71,000 m² constructed)[2] in the Lourdes [pt] neighbourhood. The complex is composed by the Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, the Aquatic Park and the Sports square.

Originally, the headquarters was the only one from the club, thus a synonym of the club's name. However, since the opening of Minas II, it was naturally re-branded as Minas I (Minas One) to avoid ambiguity.

Minas II[edit]

The Minas II complex occupies an area larger than 34,000 m²[3] in Serra neighbourhood [pt]. It is composed by several sports courts, swimming pools, and the main building, which has administration facilities, and ballroom for events. The name of Minas II ("Minas Two") emerged as a natural choice since the inception, and remains until today. Moreover, caused the original headquarters to become known as Minas I ("Minas One").

In the early 80's, Minas Tênis Clube was already established as the most popular and traditional club in Belo Horizonte, and there was a high demand for its expansion. In 1982, it puts the cornerstone for the second headquarter of the club. The sports facilities were inaugurated in December 1984. In 1985, it was started the constructions of the main building, which was concluded in 1986.

Due to its large size, Minas II has been for long time the chosen venue for large events from the club. This includes the annual June Festival, but also big music concerts and sports tournaments.

Minas Tênis Country Clube[edit]

The Minas Tênis Country Clube is located in Taquaril neighborhood and occupies a total area of 285.750 m², being 148 mil m² of it preserved native vegetation.

The Country Club de Belo Horizonte was a social club founded in 1933, by Alcindo Vieira.[4] Its current main building had its construction started in 1954 and concluded on June 6, 1958. In 2000 it was incorporated by Minas, creating the Minas Tênis Country Clube. The previous members from the Country Club became automatically members from Minas Tênis Clube, thus gaining access to the other facilities.

Minas Tênis Náutico Clube[edit]

The Minas Tênis Náutico Clube is located by the Ingleses' Lake [pt] in Nova Lima, and occupies the total area of 117.000 m². The first stage of the construction occupies an area of 29.346 m². It started to be built in 1998, and concluded in March 2000.[5]

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

The club maintains a team of artistic gymnastics since 1977. Currently it disputes under the name Sitran/Minas.


Decisão Engenharia/Minas
Leagues NBB
Founded 1937; 83 years ago (1937) (as basketball team)
Arena Arena MTC
Capacity 4,000
Location Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Team colors White and Blue
Head coach Flávio Soares "Espiga"
Championships 1 South American Club Championship
Website minastenisclube.com.br/esportes/basquete

The men's professional basketball branch from Minas Tênis Clube plays at Brazilian League under the name Decisão Engenharia/Minas.


Minas was one of the top teams in the first years of Novo Basquete Brasil, reaching the semifinal series two straight years. In both semifinals, the team, led by the center Murilo Becker and the point guard Facundo Sucatzky, was defeated by Brasília. In the 2009–10 NBB season, Minas showed the point guard Raul Togni Neto, better known as Raulzinho. Neto was chosen the NBB Revelation Player and then moved to the Spanish team Lagun Aro. In the 2011–12 NBB season, Minas made a very bad campaign, finishing in thirteenth place and getting out of the playoffs. For the following season the managers made a great renovation of the cast, hiring young players.

Titles and honors[edit]

  • Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes (1): 2007
  • Amsterdam International Tournament (1): 2007
  • Campeonato Metropolitano (5): 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994
  • Campeonato Interestadual (1): 1986
  • Torneio Internacional Mercosul (1): 1993
  • Torneio José Bento (1): 1993


Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Minas Tênis Clube roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F Brazil Garcia, Alex 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 40 – (1980-03-04)4 March 1980
PG Brazil Rossetto, Davi 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 27 – (1992-07-27)27 July 1992
G/F Brazil Deodato, Gui 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 28 – (1991-06-02)2 June 1991
F/C 0 United States Daniel, Sam 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1996-01-01)1 January 1996
PG 4 Brazil de Lima, Lucas 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 24 – (1995-06-21)21 June 1995
PG 5 Brazil Leão, Augusto 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 21 – (1998-11-21)21 November 1998
PF 6 Brazil dos Santos, Shilton 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37 – (1983-02-03)3 February 1983
G/F 7 Brazil Campos, Jefferson 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1991-02-09)9 February 1991
SF 10 United States Bob, Che 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 23 – (1997-01-01)1 January 1997
G/F 11 Brazil Carvalho, Gui 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 17 – (2002-06-22)22 June 2002
SF 12 Brazil Ribeiro, Samuel 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 18 – (2002-01-24)24 January 2002
PF 13 Brazil Dias, Tiago 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 19 – (2001-01-04)4 January 2001
PG 19 Brazil Chaia, Gegê 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 29 – (1991-02-03)3 February 1991
C 21 Brazil Waszkiewicz, Leonardo 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 31 – (1989-05-23)23 May 1989
PF 35 Brazil Silva, Marcos 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 20 – (1999-08-04)4 August 1999
G 91 Brazil Barbosa, Leandro 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 37 – (1982-11-28)28 November 1982
Head coach

Brazil Flávio Soares "Espiga"

Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 9 July 2019

Notable players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]


Full name Minas Tênis Clube
Nickname(s) Minas
Founded November 15, 1935 (84 years ago) (1935-11-15)
Ground Arena MTC,
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Capacity 4000
President Luiz Gustavo Lage
League Liga Futsal
2015 19th
Website Club website

The professional futsal men's team plays for the Brazilian league.

Honours [6][edit]




  • Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Championship:
    • Champions: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013[6]
  • Minas Gerais State Championship:
    • Champions: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 May 2019
# Position Name Nationality
1 Goalkeeper Anderson Silva Brazil
2 Winger Gustavo Araújo Brazil
3 Goalkeeper Lucas Cardoso Brazil
6 Pivot Kauê Gaúcho Brazil
7 Winger Dudu Santos Brazil
8 Defender Gabriel Ferro Brazil
9 Pivot Renato Ramba Brazil
10 Defender Luís Dizotti Brazil
11 Winger Felipe Santos Brazil
13 Winger Lion de Souza Brazil
14 Pivot Maico Monteiro Brazil
15 Winger Renatinho Brazil
17 Defender Vítor Nascimento Brazil
19 Pivot Maicon Douglas Brazil
20 Goalkeeper Françoar Rodrigues Brazil
21 Goalkeeper Mateus Espírito Santo Brazil
22 Winger Vitinho Brazil
33 Defender João Pedro Brazil
93 Winger Henrique Souza Brazil
96 Winger Josué Oliveira Brazil
99 Winger Leo Fernandes Brazil


The club maintain an olympic judo team, which currently disputes under the name Belo Dente/Minas. Among the most successful athletes are Luciano Corrêa, Ketleyn Quadros and Érika Miranda.


Club information
City Belo Horizonte
Parent body Minas Tênis Clube
Founded November 15, 1935; 84 years ago (1935-11-15)
Home pool(s) Minas I Aquatic Complex
Chairman Luiz Gustavo Lage
Name Fiat/Minas
Head coach Sérgio Marques
Swim cap design Hammerhead
League Maria Lenk Trophy (ML)
José Finkel Trophy (JF)
ML 2019
JF 2019

The professional swimming team is one of the most successful in Brazil. It is currently runners-up and champion of the two most prestigious national competitions, respectively: the Maria Lenk and José Finkel trophies. Currently the swimming team competes with the name Fiat/Minas, repeating the same name and sponsorship from the men's volleyball team in the late 80's.

Among the most famous swimmers that have competed for the team, there are Kaio Márcio de Almeida, Joanna Maranhão, Thiago Pereira, Marcus Mattioli, Rogério Romero and the Olympic champion César Cielo.[8][9]


Early days[edit]

Swimming is practiced in Minas since its inception.


At the Maria Lenk Trophy, the club finished in second place, with 1990.5 points. [10] The team highlights were the victory of César Cielo in the 100-metre freestyle, with 48.13. Nicolas Oliveira was 4th (49.12) and Marco Antonio Macedo was the eighth (50:25).[10]

At the José Finkel Trophy, the team finished 1st, with 2945 points and 19 golds, 13 silver and 11 bronzes (total: 44). [11] It was the fourth victory of Minas in a row. The highlight was the victory of Miguel Valente in 800-metre freestyle, with 7'44.84, being the best time of the world in 2014 until then. [12]

Minas started the Maria Lenk trophy as the team to be beaten, given its renowned swimmers. The club lead the competition until the last day, when it was surpassed by Pinheiros with the tight different of 5 points. [13] Minas finished the competition in second place, with 2,133. One of the highlights was the gold of Thiago Pereira at the 400-metre medley, with 4'13.94. [14] The result qualified him for the FINA World Championship, in Kazan.

In August Minas won the José Finkel Trophy, in a close dispute with the host team Pinheiros.[15] It was the club's fifth victory in a row, in a total of 11 championships.



The club maintains a tennis team, which competes under the name Cultura Inglesa/Minas.


The club maintains a trampolining team since 1999. Currently it competes under the name BH Shopping/Minas.

Volleyball - Men[edit]

Full name Minas Tênis Clube
Short name Minas
Founded 1937
Ground Arena Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 3,650)
Chairman Brazil Luiz Gustavo Lage
Manager Brazil Nery Tambeiro
League Superliga Brasileira de Voleibol
2017–18 5th
Website Club home page

The men's professional volleyball team plays at the Superliga Brasileira de Voleibol. It is the most successful professional Brazilian team, with a record of nine national titles.


The beginning[edit]

The first volleyball teams from Minas Tênis Club were formed in 1937.[16]

The original Fiat/Minas era[edit]

In the decade of 1980 the volleyball gained major attendance in Brazil. The first national professional championship was organized in 1981. Also, the decade was the era of so-called "silver generation", in a reference to the team that won the silver medal in men's volleyball[17] in the Olympic games of Los Angeles. The team, at time sponsored by the Italian car manufactured Fiat, was the major power of the Brazilian volleyball. The team led by the Korean coach Young Wan Sohn won three titles in a row. At that time it created a major rivalry with two other teams from São Paulo state: Banespa and Pirelli.

The Telemig Celular/Vivo era[edit]

During the 1990s the team had major success, winning three titles in a row. The team was named after Telemig Celular, a former mobile carrier. It was acquired by Vivo, which continued the sponsorship until today.


Minas Tenis Clube is the most successful team in the history of Brazilian Men's volleyball. They have a record of nine national titles.

Current squad[edit]

Squad as of October 2019[22][23]

Team roster - season 2019/2020
No. Name Date of birth Position
1 Brazil Rodrigo Rodrigues (c) (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 34) setter
2 Argentina Nicolás Lazo (1995-04-16) April 16, 1995 (age 25) outside hitter
3 Brazil Davy Moraes (1997-04-07) April 7, 1997 (age 23) opposite
4 Brazil Bernardo Westermann (1998-03-13) March 13, 1998 (age 22) setter
6 Brazil André Saliba (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 20) opposite
7 Brazil Henrique Honorato (1997-03-18) March 18, 1997 (age 23) outside hitter
8 Brazil Lucas Figueiredo (1999-04-20) April 20, 1999 (age 21) outside hitter
9 Brazil Deivid Costa (1988-04-26) April 26, 1988 (age 32) middle blocker
10 Brazil Matheus Santos (1996-04-23) April 23, 1996 (age 24) middle blocker
11 Brazil Feliie Lourença (1990-08-25) August 25, 1990 (age 29) libero
12 Brazil Matheus Cunda (1991-01-12) January 12, 1991 (age 29) middle blocker
14 Argentina Lucas Ocampo (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 34) opposite
15 Brazil Maique Nascimento (1997-01-16) January 16, 1997 (age 23) libero
16 Brazil João Franck (1999-03-09) March 9, 1999 (age 21) outside hitter
18 Brazil Felipe Roque (1997-05-19) May 19, 1997 (age 23) opposite
19 Brazil Edson Paixão (2000-03-29) March 29, 2000 (age 20) middle blocker
20 Brazil Marcus Coelho (2000-09-29) September 29, 2000 (age 19) outside hitter

Volleyball - Women[edit]

Full name Minas Tênis Clube
Short name Minas
Founded 1935
Ground Arena Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Brazil Luiz Gustavo Lage
Manager Italy Nicola Negro
Captain Brazil Carol Gatazz
League Brazilian Superliga
2018-19 1st
Website Club home page

The women's volleyball team plays at the Brazilian Superleague and the Minas Gerais state league. By 2020 it disputed under the name Itambé/Minas.


The early years[edit]

Volleyball has been practiced in Minas since its opening, in 1937.

L'aqua di Fiori era[edit]

During the early 1990s, Minas was one of the most successful teams in Brazil. The team was second place in the 1991-92, and won the 1992-93 Brazilian League. The main players were Hilma, Ana Paula, Leila and Ana Flávia, whom also played for the Brazil women's national volleyball team.

The MRV era[edit]

From late 1990s until the season 2010/2011 the team played with the name MRV/Minas. During this period the team had noticeable performance, winning its second Brazilian Superleague championship, and also being runner-up twice.

Usiminas era[edit]

During the seasons 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 the team played under the name Usiminas/Minas. The team achieved fourth and seventh positions, respectively, in the Brazilian Superliga.

Present days[edit]

In April 2013 Usiminas announced that it would not renew the partnership. The team did not signed with any other sponsor and will play the season 2013/2014 without sponsorship, using the club's original name. In the beginning of 2014 the team signed the contract, and changed its commercial name to Decisão Engenharia/Minas. For the season 2014/2015 the team started playing under the name Camponesa/Minas. After a poor start to the season, losing the first six matches, the team signed olympic champion wing-spiker Jaqueline Carvalho, who was a free agent after missing the entire previous season due to her pregnancy, led by her, the team quickly turned its fortunes around, finishing 5th in the regular season and making to the semifinals, where they lost to Rexona-Ades. In 2015-16, despite Jaqueline's departure to SESI-SP, the team had its best season since the MRV years, finishing 3rd in the regular season, once again losing in the semifinals, this time to intrastate rival Dentil/Praia Clube.

For the 2016-17 season, the team signed american opposite Destinee Hooker on a prove-it deal. Without her to start the season, however, the tam was very inconsistent, sitting at a 3-4 record after the first 7 games. During that span, the team signed Jaqueline once again in the free agency, after she found herself without a team for months following the end of the 2015-16 season. Hooker finally debuted in a 3-2 win over Fluminense in the following game, Jaqueline debuted later during midseason. Anchored by Hooker, aided by Jaqueline and also counting on a breakout years from young players like wing-spiker Rosamaria and middle-blocker Mara, the team proceeded to win 12 of the 15 final games (including a 9-game win streak), finishing 4th in the final regular season standings. Once again, Minas found themselves defeated in the semifinals, in a thrilling 5-game series against Rexona-Sesc. Despite missing the first 7 games, Hooker finished as the 2nd highest scorer in the tournament with 404 points, beating teammate Rosamaria (who scored 403 herself) and only behind Vôlei Nestlé's Tandara Caixeta. Hooker also finished the tournament as the most efficient spiker, making the Superliga team of the year. Mara also made it, as she finished 3rd in blocks but was also the most efficient blocker of the tournament on a per play basis.






2019-2020 squad - As of October 2019

Head coach: Italy Nicola Negro

Team roster - season 2019–2020
Number Player Position Height (m) Birth date
2 Brazil Caroline Gattaz (c) Middle blocker 1.92 (1981-07-27) July 27, 1981 (age 38)
3 Brazil Macris Carneiro Setter 1.78 (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 31)
5 Brazil Laura Kudiess Middle blocker 1.88 (2001-02-25) February 25, 2001 (age 19)
6 Brazil Thaísa Menezes Middle blocker 1.96 (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 33)
7 Brazil Vivian Pellegrino Middle blocker 1.80 (1985-05-31) May 31, 1985 (age 34)
8 Brazil Lana Conceição Outside hitter 1.78 (1996-12-08) December 8, 1996 (age 23)
9 Brazil Bruna Silva Opposite 1.81 (1989-07-03) July 3, 1989 (age 30)
12 Brazil Bruna Rocha Costa Setter 1.70 (1995-01-30) January 30, 1995 (age 25)
13 Brazil Sheilla Castro Opposite 1.85 (1983-07-01) July 1, 1983 (age 36)
15 Bulgaria Dobriana Rabadzhieva Outside hitter 1.90 (1991-06-14) June 14, 1991 (age 28)
17 Brazil Kasiely Clemente Outside hitter 1.82 (1993-12-06) December 6, 1993 (age 26)
18 Venezuela Roslandy Acosta Outside hitter 1.90 (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 28)
19 Brazil Léia Silva Libero 1.68 (1985-03-01) March 1, 1985 (age 35)


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