Brazil, the new hotbed for talent?

When you think of Brazil, if you’re like me, you will think of the Rio carnival and a country full of vibrancy, well this is what I have seen when I watch documentaries. What I also associate with Brazil is world-class footballing talent.

From Pele to Romario to Ronaldo (R9), the Selecao in the footballing sense has been famed for footballing talent. Let’s not forget the five World Cups and the dancing, yes Roy Keane the dancing, the quicker we forget about Tite doing the chicken dance, the better.

When you think of Brazil, if you’re like me, you will think of the Rio carnival and a country full of vibrancy, well this is what I have seen when I watch documentaries. What I also associate with Brazil is world-class footballing talent.

From Pele to Romario to Ronaldo (R9), the Selecao in the footballing sense has been famed for footballing talent. Let’s not forget the five World Cups and the dancing, yes Roy Keane the dancing, the quicker we forget about Tite doing the chicken dance, the better.

Another understated association with Brazil is the pool of talent that they have. Of course, R9 and Pele burst onto the scene as wonder kids, but it just seems more prevalent now.

Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, it felt like had the French national team as a starting 11 at one point. Newcastle under Alan Pardew had a similar approach, which explained the signings of Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye.

This is something which English clubs used to do, but arguably due to Brexit kicking in, English clubs will be restricted with the amount of European-based players they can bring in.

The French market is still strong, teams in Germany such as RB Leipzig have exploited the French market superbly. Borussia Monchengladbach, is another. Ligue1 and France in general have had and still have a superb youth set-up across the league.

This is arguably why even though Les Bleus had a lot of injuries going into Qatar 2022, they will still able to get to the final with a relatively young squad and even inexperienced too.

Due to the UK government’s ruling on Brexit, more clubs will have to source playing talent from alternative routes. In comes South America. Real Madrid have been ahead of the curb in this regard for a long time.
Real in years gone by have bought elite South American players such as Kaka and R9, but these days Los Blancos have been paying good money for up-and-coming Brazilian talent.

Rodrygo, Vinicius and Eder Militao via Porto have been examples of this. On the whole, it’s worked to superb effect. The rest of Europe have been arguably left on the back foot, but Arsenal are making good recruits of their own.

The Gunners’ director of football, Brazilian Edu, has been able to bring in players such as Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel, via Lille. Marquinhos is another, not that one he plays for PSG. This one is an attacking midfielder, and Paris Saint Germain’s is a centre-back, sometimes holding midfielder.

Arsenal have been very shrewd in their dealings in the last couple of transfer windows and with the relationships that have been built in South America, to be more specific Brazil, you can almost guarantee that they will be signing more players from Brazil in the future.

Another team who seems to be following this recruitment method is Nottingham Forest. No, I am serious, the East Midlands side signed over 20 players in the summer transfer window and have signed two more players in this window, both being Brazilian.

Ronan Lodi, via Atletico Madrid was another. Lodi of course starred for Los Colchoneros in the Champions League win over Manchester United, where he scored the winning goal.

England, due to its financial clout, is arguably seen as the best league in Europe. I make such a statement as leagues such as La Liga have been looking to adopt similar methods as the Premier League, in the hope to earn more money.

One way, which seems to be a dead cert of a method is buying Brazilian. Other leagues don’t have the money of the Premier League, so innovative ways are needed. Just like Germany predominantly looks for players in Ligue1 due to them being sold at affordable prices, leagues such as the Spanish league do this when it comes to Brazilian tax.

Clubs can’t afford the unofficial English tax, so what else can they do?

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