Brazil, the generation after 7

It was around 2015, when they were between 14 and 15 years old, that Vini Jr., Antony, Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli they began to receive the first more complex teachings on the tactical part of soccer. They had passed the first stage of training a player, the most focused on the fundamentals of the game: shot, pass and center. They were ready to take the next step in the youth of Flamengo, São Paulo, Santos and Ituano.

They are the first wave of athletes to arrive at a World Cup trained after Germany’s defeat of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. In many ways, what they are in Qatar is a consequence of the 7-1 victory at the Mineirão.

The biggest defeat in the history of the team in World Cups brought changes in the training categories. Defining a work methodology and registering it in books, notebooks, choosing a tactical scheme that is vertical, used by teams of different ages, all of this has become a mantra below the professional level. Spain and Germany were world champions in 2010 and 2014, and their works began to serve as a mirror.

The part psychological of the players began to be better assisted even at the base, with the investment in the department of psychology and social assistance.

The youngest members of the Qatar team grew up in a divided environment: on the one hand, Brazilian soccer purists, of an idea that the collective is at the service of individualities; on the other, enthusiasts of a more European vision, in which individual talents must be at the service of the whole. The best example of this is Pep Guardiola’s teams. Or Joachim Löw’s Germany in 2014, without great players in offensive terms, but collectively very strong.

Germany celebrating the 1-7 victory against Brazil.

The CBF also had to move after the defeat suffered at home. In the base categories, it expanded the calendar, assuming the organization of the Brazilian Under-17 and Under-20 Championships in 2015.

In addition, the pressure for better training of Brazilian coaches has grown. A reflection of this was the CBF Academy, created in 2016, a reformulated version of the existing courses for technicians. The clubs, for their part, began to look for professionals with a license from the entity to work with the base divisions, increasing professionalism in the sector.

Developed in this changing scenario, Vini Jr, Rodrygo, Gabriel Martinelli and Antony they left early for Europe. They took little time to settle in the main leagues of the Old Continent. The first three spent brief seasons in B teams, before being used in the professional. Antony, after two seasons at Ajax (HOL), emigrated to England.

It’s a different rise from the previous wave of Brazilian players with similar playing characteristics, such as Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa and Bernardwhich went through a longer stage of maturation in smaller teams before establishing themselves.

BRUNO MARINHO
SPECIAL ENVOY FROM O GLOBO, FROM BRAZIL -GDA

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