Well ok, they lost 7-1 to Germany in their own backyard..but hey! look who’s got the most World Cups in the bag? Yea you’re right, Brazil.
Pele, Zico, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo, Neymar – iconic players from their glorious past to the present-day team – all started playing with the smaller, heavier ball in their youth. And futsal continues to churn out skilful and flair players for the football teams in Brazil.
No wonder Germany and Spain who started their futsal journey more than 20 years ago are emulating their achievements now.
Even the world’s current undisputed top two superstars – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – attribute their success to futsal.
Futsal’s footballer endorsements
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo: “The smaller court helped my footwork skills, the nature of the game made me feel so free when I played. If it wasn’t for futsal, I would definitely not be the player I am today.”
Argentina’s Lionel Messi: “In Argentina, when I was a young boy, I used to play a lot of futsal on the street and with Newell’s Old Boys. It was a really fun game that’s helped me a great deal.”
Government figures in Brazil show that futsal is in fact more popular than conventional football.
Closer to home, last year, FAS Vice-President Bernard Tan started exploring the introduction of futsal programmes in schools, in the bid to get more kids playing with a ball using their feet.
We say that’s the direction to move in, a formal futsal education system. If that’s how the big boys do it, let’s go.
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