The Next Football Wonderkids from Brazil?
In our hunt for the Potential Football Manager 2014 Wonderkids we found it only natural to take the trip to the main source of promising talents and Football Manager wonderkids; Brazil.
South America and more specificially Brazil is a re-known country for talent production. Brazils talent factory have nurtured some of the best football talents in the world. World class players like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Thiago Silva, Romario and the latest Neymar, have been successfully developed in Brazil and exported to European leagues, to name some few.
In order to get insight information to the Ones to watch in Brazil we approached the head researcher of Brazil for Sports Interactive's Football Manager, Paulo Freitas. Even though he isn't allowed to talk about who will become wonderkids of Football Manager 2014 or not, we instead asked him to set focus on the top 5 under-18 Brazilian football talents.
When putting focus on the top Brazilian talents it's important to understand that it's a huge pool of talents to pick from, so we decided to select these great Brazilian football talents. We hope you will discover some new talents worth knowing and that you can use this knowledge as a player recommendation for Football Manager 2014.
Here is the next generation of Brazilian football talents! If you got any other under 18 Brazilian football talents worth mentioning, please do so in the comment field below.
Abner (17), Coritiba
Abner started at his career at his current club Coritiba, he is a fast attacking left-back with good technique, and he is especially good with crosses, but unlike most Brazilian fullbacks, he can also defend well which makes him stand out compared to other players that play in his position.
Abner started attracting attention from other clubs during the South American Under 17 Championship, as he was one of Brazil’s best players in the tournament. He could not play the last games though due to an injury. His performances in the competition impressed Manchester City and the English club have already expressed interest in signing him. Abner has also represented Brazil in the Toulon Tournament in France, which features players under the age of 21.
Although his future remains undecided, Abner has already been given a few chances at Coritiba’s senior team, and is expected to have more chances next year.
Bruno Gomes (17), Desportivo Brasil
Bruno Gomes is a typical number 9, with great sense of positioning and finishing, but he lacks the technical ability other Brazilian players might have. He has been the top goalscorer in several youth competitions in Brazil.
He is widely regarded as the best Brazilian striker in his age bracket, but this success has not helped him get many call ups for Brazil’s youth national teams and he has been left out of the preliminary squad for the Under 17 World Cup.
Manchester United have an agreement with Desportivo Brasil which favors them in negotiations with the Brazilian club, but Bruno Gomes is not likely to join the "Red Devils". São Paulo instead are now closer to signing him, the fact Bruno Gomes supports the club has been a positive factor in the negotiations. The striker is also wanted by Italian clubs Udinese and Juventus.
Danilo (17), Vasco
Danilo is a right-footed defensive midfielder, he is fairly physical but with good positioning and marking skills, his passing is also impressive. He can play as both a traditional defensive midfielder and also as a segundo volante (similar to box-to-box midfielder), supporting the attack.
The 17-year old defensive midfielder was one of Brazil’s national team best players in the famous Toulon Tournament in France, which Brazil won for the first time in several years. He has also been included in Brazil’s preliminary squad for the Under 17 World Cup.
Liverpool were interested in signing Danilo, but a group of investors lead by agent Jorge Mendes have made a better offer and are expected to transfer him to Portuguese top division club Braga once he is 18 years old next year.
Dória (18), Botafogo
Dória is a very complete centreback, whose style has been compared to Thiago Silva and Lúcio as due to having started his career in futsal, he is comfortable with the ball but he can also handle the physical aspect of the game well. He has a good sense of positioning while also showing more maturity than most players of his age.
The young defender is already one of the best players in his position in Brazil and he has made his national team debut in April against Bolivia. He is expected to have more chances after the World Cup is over, when the squad will be inevitably revamped.
He was also part of Brazil’s squad during the South American Under 20 Championship, but like the rest of the team, he could not shine and Brazil failed to go far in the competition.
Dória’s success has also attracted the interest of Juventus, Chelsea and of Russian clubs, but Dória is not willing to move to Eastern Europe due to lack of visibility there, which would hinder his national team chances.
Lucas Evangelista (18), São Paulo
Lucas Evangelista is a versatile left-footed midfielder that can play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder. He has also played as a left-back, where, however, he is not as good as in midfield. Besides his versatility, he has good technique, positioning and is impressive with long range shots.
As like Bruno Gomes, Lucas Evangelista is a product of Desportivo Brasil’s youth setup. He was on trial at Manchester United in 2012 but the English club did not sign him, allowing São Paulo to get him on a loan deal this year. He is likely to join São Paulo permanently once the loan deal is over later this year.
However, São Paulo’s new manager Muricy Ramalho prefers experienced players and thus has not been giving Lucas Evangelista as many chances as he had under previous managers.