Minas Tênis Clube

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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 Tênis Clube
Minas Tênis Clube's crest
Minas I main building
Formation15 November 1935; 84 years ago (1935-11-15)
FounderNecésio Tavares
Waldomiro Salles Pereira
Otacílio Negrão de Lima
José Mendes Junior
Benedito Valadares
TypeTraditional club
Key people
Luiz Gustavo Lage (president)

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 IEdit

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 IIEdit

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 ClubeEdit

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 ClubeEdit

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 gymnasticsEdit

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


Decisão Engenharia/Minas
Founded1937; 83 years ago (1937) (as basketball team)
ArenaArena MTC
LocationBelo Horizonte, Brazil
Team colorsWhite and Blue
Head coachFlávio Soares "Espiga"
Championships1 South American Club Championship

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 honorsEdit

  • 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 rosterEdit

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   Garcia, Alex 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 40 – (1980-03-04)4 March 1980
PG   Rossetto, Davi 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 28 – (1992-07-27)27 July 1992
G/F   Deodato, Gui 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 29 – (1991-06-02)2 June 1991
F/C 0   Daniel, Sam 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1996-01-01)1 January 1996
PG 4   de Lima, Lucas 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 25 – (1995-06-21)21 June 1995
PG 5   Leão, Augusto 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 21 – (1998-11-21)21 November 1998
PF 6   dos Santos, Shilton 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37 – (1983-02-03)3 February 1983
G/F 7   Campos, Jefferson 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1991-02-09)9 February 1991
SF 10   Bob, Che 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 23 – (1997-01-01)1 January 1997
G/F 11   Carvalho, Gui 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 18 – (2002-06-22)22 June 2002
SF 12   Ribeiro, Samuel 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 18 – (2002-01-24)24 January 2002
PF 13   Dias, Tiago 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 19 – (2001-01-04)4 January 2001
PG 19   Chaia, Gegê 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 29 – (1991-02-03)3 February 1991
C 21   Waszkiewicz, Leonardo 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 31 – (1989-05-23)23 May 1989
PF 35   Silva, Marcos 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 21 – (1999-08-04)4 August 1999
G 91   Barbosa, Leandro 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 37 – (1982-11-28)28 November 1982
Head coach

  Flávio Soares "Espiga"

Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 9 July 2019

Notable playersEdit

Head coachesEdit


Full nameMinas Tênis Clube
FoundedNovember 15, 1935 (84 years ago) (1935-11-15)
GroundArena MTC,
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
PresidentLuiz Gustavo Lage
LeagueLiga Futsal
WebsiteClub 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 squadEdit

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


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
CityBelo Horizonte
Parent bodyMinas Tênis Clube
FoundedNovember 15, 1935; 84 years ago (1935-11-15)
Home pool(s)Minas I Aquatic Complex
ChairmanLuiz Gustavo Lage
Head coachSérgio Marques
Swim cap designHammerhead
LeagueMaria 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 daysEdit

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 - MenEdit

Full nameMinas Tênis Clube
Short nameMinas
GroundArena Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 3,650)
Chairman  Luiz Gustavo Lage
Manager  Nery Tambeiro
LeagueSuperliga Brasileira de Voleibol
WebsiteClub 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 beginningEdit

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

The original Fiat/Minas eraEdit

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 eraEdit

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 squadEdit

Squad as of October 2019[22][23]

Team roster - season 2019/2020
No. Name Date of birth Position
1   Rodrigo Rodrigues (c) (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 34) setter
2   Nicolás Lazo (1995-04-16) April 16, 1995 (age 25) outside hitter
3   Davy Moraes (1997-04-07) April 7, 1997 (age 23) opposite
4   Bernardo Westermann (1998-03-13) March 13, 1998 (age 22) setter
6   André Saliba (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 21) opposite
7   Henrique Honorato (1997-03-18) March 18, 1997 (age 23) outside hitter
8   Lucas Figueiredo (1999-04-20) April 20, 1999 (age 21) outside hitter
9   Deivid Costa (1988-04-26) April 26, 1988 (age 32) middle blocker
10   Matheus Santos (1996-04-23) April 23, 1996 (age 24) middle blocker
11   Feliie Lourença (1990-08-25) August 25, 1990 (age 30) libero
12   Matheus Cunda (1991-01-12) January 12, 1991 (age 29) middle blocker
14   Lucas Ocampo (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 34) opposite
15   Maique Nascimento (1997-01-16) January 16, 1997 (age 23) libero
16   João Franck (1999-03-09) March 9, 1999 (age 21) outside hitter
18   Felipe Roque (1997-05-19) May 19, 1997 (age 23) opposite
19   Edson Paixão (2000-03-29) March 29, 2000 (age 20) middle blocker
20   Marcus Coelho (2000-09-29) September 29, 2000 (age 20) outside hitter

Volleyball - WomenEdit

Full nameMinas Tênis Clube
Short nameMinas
GroundArena Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman  Luiz Gustavo Lage
Manager  Nicola Negro
Captain  Carol Gatazz
LeagueBrazilian Superliga
WebsiteClub 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 yearsEdit

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

L'aqua di Fiori eraEdit

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 eraEdit

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 eraEdit

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 daysEdit

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 team 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:   Nicola Negro

Team roster - season 2019–2020
Number Player Position Height (m) Birth date
2   Caroline Gattaz (c) Middle blocker 1.92 (1981-07-27) July 27, 1981 (age 39)
3   Macris Carneiro Setter 1.78 (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 31)
5   Laura Kudiess Middle blocker 1.88 (2001-02-25) February 25, 2001 (age 19)
6   Thaísa Menezes Middle blocker 1.96 (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 33)
7   Vivian Pellegrino Middle blocker 1.80 (1985-05-31) May 31, 1985 (age 35)
8   Lana Conceição Outside hitter 1.78 (1996-12-08) December 8, 1996 (age 23)
9   Bruna Silva Opposite 1.81 (1989-07-03) July 3, 1989 (age 31)
12   Bruna Rocha Costa Setter 1.70 (1995-01-30) January 30, 1995 (age 25)
13   Sheilla Castro Opposite 1.85 (1983-07-01) July 1, 1983 (age 37)
15   Dobriana Rabadzhieva Outside hitter 1.90 (1991-06-14) June 14, 1991 (age 29)
17   Kasiely Clemente Outside hitter 1.82 (1993-12-06) December 6, 1993 (age 26)
18   Roslandy Acosta Outside hitter 1.90 (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 28)
19   Léia Silva Libero 1.68 (1985-03-01) March 1, 1985 (age 35)


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