|Brazil lift the World Cup in Thailand|
Brazil is regarded as the home of futsal. Since they started playing the sport in the 1940s the sport has become well established. The national team has won five of the seven FIFA Futsal World Cups and they are the current world champions after defeating Spain in the final of the 2012 edition. They are the leading nation in the world for producing players; Brazilians can be found in every professional league in the world and, due to the process of naturalisation, in many national teams.
The main reason for my visit is to train with one of Brazil’s best teams. I always want to test myself against the top players in the world and this will provide me with a great chance to do that. I watch quite a bit of Brazilian futsal and it is very fast and direct; it will be great to experience it first hand.
|Youth Futsal in Brazil|
Together these two nations have dominated the international championships, yet achieving this with different styles of play. I don’t just want to understand the professional level but also what they are doing with youth development. I hope to become more informed about what the reasons are for their success in producing so many exceptional players.