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Leila Gomes de Barros (born September 30, 1971)[1] is a retired Brazilian female volleyball player. She often played as opposite hitter and attacker. She was a member of the Brazilian squad who had great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), winning the 1996 and 1998 editions of the volleyball Grand Prix and being rated the most valuable player (MVP) in each win.

Leila Barros
Senadora Leila Barros.jpg
Barros' official portrait as senator
Senator for Federal District
Assumed office
February 1, 2019
Personal details
Leila Gomes de Barros

September 30, 1971 (1971-09-30) (age 47)
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Political partyPSB (Since 2018)
Leila Barros
Personal information
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spike3.00 m (118 in)
Block2.91 m (115 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOpposite spiker
Current clubRetired

Volleyball CareerEdit

Leila Barros during her voleyball career in 2007

Barros started competing in volleyball at the age of fifteen. She switched to beach volleyball in July 2001, but returned to the indoor courts in 2003 in order to help the Brazil women's national volleyball team to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

In the Volleyball Women's World Cups, Barros finished as runners-up in 1995 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup and 2003 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, won third place in 1999 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup.[2] She also got silver medals in the 1994 World Championships. In the Olympics, her Brazilian team was 3rd in 1996 and 2000. She has also posed in several magazines and was one of the favorite players when she and the Brazilian volleyball team came to the Philippines.

Political CareerEdit

In October 2018, Barros became the first woman to represent the federal district of Brazil in the Senate.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Leila Barros profile". Volleyball Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Women Volleyball VIII World Cup 1999 02-16.11 Japan +9GMT - Winner Cuba". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
Preceded by
  Tara Cross-Battle
  Yevgeniya Artamonova
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
  Yevgeniya Artamonova
  Virna Dias
Preceded by
Maurren Maggi
Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
Succeeded by
Daniele Hypólito
Preceded by
  Vassiliki Arvaniti (GRE)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Most Improved"
Succeeded by
  Laura Ludwig (GER)
  Tamsin Barnett (AUS)