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“Brazil has developed over the years and the players in general have got bigger because of better nutrition,” said Rama. “It doesn’t mean to say there has been a change of attitude and that we now pick big players over small ones,” Medeiros said. “The players are born with talent. Our job is to develop the physical and tactical side to allow them to use their talent as well as possible.”
For all the innovative training methods and investments, Fluminense say the explanation for Brazil’s success in producing players is still down to the natural-born talent of the players.
Cleytuil Santos, coach of Fluminense’s under-17 team, puts it down to ?ginga’, a word with no direct translation but which basically means rhythm, fluidity of movement and an ability to improvise. “It’s a cultural thing,” he said. “It comes from the whole religious question, the African influence, the ?capoeira’, the samba – it’s ginga. The Brazilian ?ginga’ is not typical for other countries. ?Ginga’ is a Brazilian characteristic; we have to ?ginga’ adversities in daily life.”
While children in other countries have to be taught ball control, Brazilians already have it when they arrive at the club. “Brazilian kids feel comfortable with the ball. It’s something which is part of daily life,” he said.
Santos believes that Brazilian clubs are merely scratching at the surface of the country’s talent resources. He cites the example of one player who has just joined the club, but went undiscovered for many years because he spent the days cutting sugar cane to help support his family and never got the chance to go for a trial.
“Here, talent comes out of the ground and we have to make the most of it. There’s not just one Ronaldinho in a country like this. There are others who never make it and are left on the side.”