Finishing a lowly fifth, Brazil’s tournament revealed a decrease in their under-twenty football.
8 years ago Neymar and Lucas Moura shone for Brazil in the South American under-twenty Championships. But they missed the World Cup at the level for the reason that they have been with the senior squad for the Copa The us. And so the stage was set for Oscar, Phillippe Coutinho and Casemiro to get some of the glory as Brazil have been topped under-twenty world champions in Colombia.
Due to the fact then, on the other hand, the country’s document in under-twenty football has been dismal. This year’s South American under-twenty Championships, held in Chile, arrived to a conclusion on Sunday.Ecuador won the title, followed by Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia. These teams will choose the continent’s four slots in the World Cup, taking place in Poland this May and June. Brazil concluded fifth. They miss out – for the second consecutive time and the third in the past four.
A closing day 1- win about Argentina restores a small morale. But Brazil required a three goal margin – a activity that normally looked past a team that managed just 6 goals in 9 games.
The occasional failure is only to be predicted. The tournament transpires each and every two years, and there are certain to be oscillations in good quality among one particular team of kids and the next.But three failures in four, stretching back again to 2013, starts off to glance like a sample.
This does not mean that good players are no extended getting generated. The 2013 team integrated the likes of Fred and Felipe Anderson. Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta have been colleagues in the 2017 squad. And the present-day team contains some names who will absolutely be ready to shrug off this disappointment attacking midfielder Rodrygo was a substantial disappointment in Chile. Even so, he joins Real Madrid in the middle of the 12 months. Barcelona have picked up sturdy ideal back again Emerson, and will be loaning him to Betis. Chaotic midfielder Marcos Antonio will transfer from Estoril in Portugal to Shakhtar Donetsk. And Phelipe Megiolaro was possibly the exceptional goalie on display in Chile.
Brazil’s problem, then is absolutely less one particular of names, more one particular of concepts.
Their decrease at under-twenty level can be witnessed as both relative and complete.
There has been a standard increase in requirements. This is a spin off from the change released in 1996, one particular of the most important in the history of South American football. The change to the marathon ‘one massive group’ structure of qualifiers for the senior World Cup was vastly considerable. It brought the lesser nations the variety of calendar that European national teams choose for granted standard competitive games, certain revenue, the opportunity to retain the services of improved coaches and hold a team with each other.
This has now filtered down to the youth ranks. Nations have witnessed the great importance of the under-twenty facet as a conveyor belt via to the senior ranks. They invested more time and dollars in preparation – and the final results have been clear from this tournament in Chile. From the point of see of sparkling attacking football, revealing a technology of normal, instinctive skills, the tournament was a resounding failure. But the defending – both in terms of collective organisation and of individual good quality – was spectacular. Teams have turn into harder to beat.
Brazil, in the meantime, show up to have stood nevertheless.
In their, remarkably thriving, youth improvement work, Uruguay make a point of trying to detect players with the pace of movement, imagined and specialized execution to endure in leading level football. In other text, they are not aiming to generate players for their domestic game.
But Brazil’s under-twenty teams, and the present-day one particular is an illustration, are complete of the vices of the country’s up to date club game. In certain, the team features a pair of gangling centre backs who offer small building from deep – as a result necessitating, till the worry stations of the closing game, a specialist holding midfielder to sit in front and defend. The fluidity of the team’s passing movements is as a result straight away limited. This is a widespread characteristic of Brazilian club football – as is the existence, in huge attacking spots, of some whose only imagined is to charge ahead in a straight line, also faithfully reproduced by the under-20s.
The excuse might be trotted out that things would have been various experienced the likes of Vinicius Junior and Paulinho been introduced by Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkeusen respectively. Perhaps. But their existence would not alter the fundamental structure of the facet, and, in any case, practically all the teams experienced important players lacking for one particular purpose or a further.
Superior, absolutely, to embrace the catastrophe. Failure is usually an critical component of success. Maybe, for illustration, the Below-twenty travails two years ago of Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta labored for the greatest, warding off complacency at an important instant. Perhaps after three failures in four, the time has arrive for Brazil to have a final rethink about their approach to under-twenty football.