Maurício Lima was one of only two male players to compete in five Olympic Games
Maurício Lima was known for his unique and remarkable setting ability and outstanding defensive play throughout his extensive career. Born in Campinas, Brazil in 1968, Lima is an icon in the history of Brazilian volleyball with a career spanning nearly two decades, 575 caps, and over 100 event titles.
Lima bridges Brazil’s early success in the 1990’s to its run of dominance at the start of the 2000’s. He is one of only two male volleyball players to compete in five Olympic Games, matching a record held by Italy’s Andrea Giani, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2008.
After a fourth place finish at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Lima helped Brazil to Olympic Games gold with a triumph over The Netherlands at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with a win over Italy.
Lima was named Best Defensive Player at the 1990 World Championships in Brazil and Best Setter of the 1992 Olympic Games, the 2002 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, and the 1993 FIVB World League.
Overall, Brazil won four World League titles with Lima on the roster (1993, 2001, 2003, 2004) had two silver-medal finishes (1995 and 2002) and four bronze finishes (1990, 1994, 1999, 2000). In addition Brazil won four World Cup events during Lima’s career (1989, 1991, 1995, 2003).
Lima played professionally in Brazil and Italy, winning two Brazilian League Champion Cups (1990, 1991), seven Brazilian League Championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001) and five South American Championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996) with BANESPA, Olimpikus, and Minas Tennis Club. While in Italy, Lima helped his Daytona Modena team to the Italian Club Championship in 1993 and the CEV Championship with Macerata in 2005.
After retiring in 2005, Lima soon turned to administration and became the Director of Volleyball and Public Relations for team Medley / Campinas, a professional club in the famed Brazil Superliga.
For his unique setting delivery and ability to create hittable balls out of difficult passes from anywhere on the court, we welcome Mauricio Lima as a 2012 Inductee to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.