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A friend of mine playing in the Australian Futsal Association, doing internship in Brazil, told me about his friend who had taken an intuitive action to be the promising sport trend in 2014. It was actually natural for teammates and myself to juggle with a ball following the rhythm. McCarthy’s idea was born this way, and it shows how powerful it is. Zova.com is about to boom, not only as a trend but, we hope, as a powerful business model.
The game is everything. It’s first how you learn life and its dynamic principles, it’s how you make friends and/or ennemies and is, in a a certain way, how you discover who you are. But majority of players, and even people in general, will use the game is to define himself in the society. Thing is. as life teaches us the “real game”, it’s not about fun anymore; it’s pure competition.
Tour with Australian Futsal Association with GolBrasil offered a nice experience to nearly fifty players. Playong against brazilians players who are living the sport to rise, shine and get a spot at pro level was revealing. Two completely different play styles and mentalities provoked interesting play, and both sides learned even though Aussie coach Fernando, who is Brazilian, was coming with Aussies to “smash” the teams he would play against.
As Fernando likes to surf, he’d tell about how it is when you are to take the wave. “You can’t surf for fun. Even on the crest, it’s a race. I got blocked for no apparent reason… Sunny day, nice vibe; though surfers use to take it as a shining scene. Brazilians surf to take it all even if it’s not a game!”
Game’s not only on the pitch. Working is gaming. Networking, playing with short experiences, asking contacts, who wins? Tempting to get involved in futebol in this Country makes you meet many ones, sittting behind their office and ready to play, yet to win on anybody else to shine. I met someone who explained: “A bank bought a club and they will merge it with another club from another city. A guy from another state will get involved because I’ve got another project…” And so on. Football projects multiply, few succeed, business still runs.
Sport Clubs is a big thing in South America. Cosy private facilities combining pools, tennis or volleyball courts, and futsal cages, obviously, allow local sportive activities to happen. Civic sport clubs therefore means to belong to a family, a space where you’ll spend time at, watch games and drink beers. It’s also the place where your child will complete their learning through sport. Finally, it’s the ideal place to go at if you look for sport entertainment, as performing teams will represent the crest of the club. Though all these clubs fiercely show every single trophy next to crest as soon as visitors get in.
Another example given: while playing in Brasileirão (National C’ship), Cruzeiro was hosting Bahia at Minerão. The game was also the occasion to celebrate the “Tri-Campeão” title, which means they arr champions for a third time. 100k bier cans were provided by the club. This attracted thousands of fan around the stadium, even if they wouldn’t get in to assist the game. Those thousands fans were drunk at the final whistle, forcing autorities to use water jet in order to spread the crowd. Cruzeiro to lose 2-1 didn’t quite help.
In Viçosa, PhD Israel runs a research Nucleus on futbol. He has many publications about psychology and contributed to create the FUT-SAT, a scientific evaluation tool to analyse tactical performance. During his absence due to projects out of town, one of his student gave a class on the notion of “creativity”. The given concept was combining “originality” and “efficiency”/”usefulness”. As pragmatic as the game is, in terms of learning and performance… Game is game. Futebol is a high speed and massive vehicle, and it won’t wait for you. You constantly play to get in.
Attached above, an ode to Futebol.
Nearly 10 yrs ago, Dr. Israel Teoldo contributed to create the Nucleus of Researches and Studies in Football, here in Fed. Univ. of Viçosa. Genuine sport history stands here, and students keep working on sport professionalisation, including enhancement of business processes in Cruzeiro (Lobato, 2012). #socializetheperformance #missionbrazil #showdebola (at Departamento De Educação Física)
Felipe is 26. He works in Olympico as under fifteen boys Futsal Coach and works according to beliefs and opinions that are not common in futebol [yet]. His ideas disturb, even though they are based on sports sciences and on what professionals presented in the Congress about Sport Games. He shared what he thinks and what are his hustles.
Felipe has won a record amount of titles in his club with youth teams. Despite good results, he explains the direction is not interested that type of constructivist approach, and prefer to win. The president is a seller, which makes it difficult to collaborate and make the management fit with Felipe’s understanding of the game. “My role is to create players, not to win. My players have to win in senior categories, later.” Noble, but that isn’t how the club game works. To run, club must win and get money out of titles and reputation.
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has a new president since approximately one year. Since then, none of the youth selections, that is from under 15 to under 21, none has won a title. In this situation, everybody freaks out. People aims the coach and the president, though most of the time, coach gets his head cut off first. That’s football reality, they say… And this is just one (classical) example of the existing confusion in sport.
Point is, even the country called “the fabric of talent” seems not to “organize” the sport in order to create performance, but to shine. In a country who has won five world cups, says Fernando, an ex-pro who left for Australia, “it’s another level: there is no quite idea sharing.”
Unfortunately, Sport Sciences are applied in a few organizations only and is generally seen as elitist. Sport Sciences, which definitely based on idea sharing, was said by Ferguson to be the most valuable change in his lifetime. “I didn’t even acquire this state of mind in school”, says Felipe. He remarks a few coaches only work believing that “knowing more shows you actually know less”. And even more surprisingly, still few coaches only are capable of training making play the game. Classic methods, who were used thirty years ago and made one’s favourite team win are still massively preferred over scientifically developed methods.
Concretely, few coaches stop the game during the training, and even even fewer provide concrete feedbacks. Finally, there are coaches who tell players what to do without teaching them why. They believe it would be too difficult to try to make them think. And there are coaches who never played themselves… Their knowledge rely on what they’ve experienced so far. This severely describes duality in formation in Brazil, and shows the “intuition” of the sport. Other problems, such as the lack of opportunity on country side, and the absence of incentive due to limits in finance resources, are completing the complex portrait of futebol. But still, they won five World Cups.
Here we are with Zé Carlos, who played 634 games for Cruzeiros, and Raú Plassman, who won Clubs World Cup with Flamengo in 1981. They were chilling at Toca da Raposa 1, Cruzeiro’s Youth Categories training center in Pampulha, Belo Horizonte.
And a special mention to Rogério Ceni, goalkeeper for FC São Paolo, who broke Brazilian Record of 1117 games played for his club last week.
B O B B Y M O O R E
”Carved in the stone at the home of English football home are the words that ring clear still: “Immaculate footballer, imperial defender, immortal hero of 1966 … gentleman of all time.”
a compilation of articles about this legendary gentleman, just HERE
Performance for Brazilians is pragmatic: what succeeds counts, what doesn’t gets discarded fast. In order to succeed, one simply learns from trying, listenning, and just doing it. Football is not about classrooms.
The demand of performance in modern football fits with the unexistency of indulgence. This probably helped to get five world champions titles over the history and three South American club titles for the three last editions of Copa Libertadores (the equivalent of Champions League). Nothing scientific in this statement.
The game also seems to fit Adidas’ actual Marketing Motto : “All In”. Brazil doesn’t know half measure, nor half result. The coaches who often teach competitive players to give everything is not enough. To win, that’s the game.
Nike also describes the play: Just Do It is indeed what a player is asked to do when he’s on a break away. Not to score is not thinkable. It would lead the crowd, even during a local futsal game, to yell “Tira!” (which means: pull the failing player out!).
At the professional level, the Grinta, the Garra, and the Pride amongst others transform the game in a hustle for honour.
Life conditions in Brazil lead to perform: they make the motivation quite efficient. It makes one play for his life or his social position in the society. Each players engaged himself to handle that pression. Further, it succeeds to gather an undetermined group and make it go for the win. The team is the sum of eleven strengths before to be a system. And that shakes the Gestalt hypothesis in sports.
It shows, at glance, that Brazil performs in collective sports in Olympics, but less in individual disciplines. The individual performance is valued in a collectivity. Overall, the practice of sport can help the learning of how “to know to live in community”. For instance, taking care to see who you are passing the ball to can be developed in game-likely oppositions, but using no bibs/penny.
It also shows, further, that relying on his teammate is more than about the discipline; the citizen relies on other. Brazil feels life is about people, in the good or the bad.
As enlighten in the congress, PhysEd carreer [supposedly] emphasizes on learning through the game. Many lecturers, coaches or physical educators insist on the importance of “brincadeira”, that is the free form of play with a ball. In the state of Minas Gerais, kids play Peteca, a kind of badminton to be played with hands only. And how to neglect the traditional One on One gaming, contributing to develop self expression and mastering the body. That practice of 1v1 itself provoked the art of beautiful play, the use of skills… the Joga Bonito.
In 2005, Nike released a contemporary marketing campaign based on this particular style of play. Brazilian players portraits were presented to feature the art of feints and creative combinations, informally developed by the various forms of the games. All began, and stills does, in the street.
Natiruts, a famous Brazilian reggae band sings “Deixa o menino jogar… Deixa o menino aprender” (let the boy play… Let the boy learn”. Indeed there is no learning, nor fun, without game consequences.
Soon after, collective oppositions is practiced to develop Social skills. During our #MissionBrazil journey, I could experiment a university class. An invitee presented the “StreetBall”, the basketball one on one “shake game”. Even at this level, it ended in a game. Basically, learning is experimenting and listening to other’s experiences. No time for lectures: sport has to conserve it’s genuine social spirit and that is definitely to play.
Então vai, menino… Joga! (So go, boy… Play!)