|During the 2008 World Cup
During my time in Brazil I was able to meet some of the stars of Brazilian and world futsal, and they don´t come much bigger than Lenísio Texeira. Regarded by many as the greatest player to play the game, it was a huge honour to chat with him. He is a very humble and friendly person and kindly did an interview for the blog.
Lenísio played in some of the greatest teams of his generation in both Brazil and Spain such as GM/Chevrolet. He was a goal machine being awarded the Brazilian Championship’s top goalscorer 5 times, the first in 1997 and the last time in 2009. In the Spanish Championship he continued to be a nightmare for goalkeepers, achieving the same feat another 3 times in addition to being selected as The Player of the Season the same number of times.
At national level he played in two World Cups, winning in his home country in 2008 where he was also the 3rd top scorer with 11 goals. He retired in 2012 due to repetitive knee injuries and is now the assistant coach to one of the best teams in the country, Corinthians.
In this interview you will find his philosophy that these successes were built on. It is one that I share with him, to try to work with the best you can and to always try learn. Enjoy the interview!
You and your brother, Vinicius, are two of the best players of all time. What do you think in your childhood contributed to you both developing into such special players?
|Myself and Lenísio
You played in Spain with two of the top teams at the time, El Pozo Murcia and Polaris World Cartagena. What did you take from this experience?