Whither Ronaldinho, Robinho and Kaka

July 23, 2013

 Ball Harambee By Bagga Wilks

Paul Vickery who is one of the better soccer pundits published a piece on ESPN soccer stating that the Brazilian coach, Scolari, has indicated that 80 percent of the Brazilian team for the World Cup 2014 has already been selected. Based on the success of the Confederation Cup, I doubt if Scolari will tinker with his starting eleven or the bench. Scolari has a lot to do with accelerating the work rate of every member of the squad. The forwards are expected to fall back and defend. The mid-field players and full backs are expected to join in the attack. It’s a full court press for ninety minutes and especially in the final with Spain, Brazil out-hustled, out-muscled the Spaniards.

The pre-Scolari teams tended to play too slow, were too tardy and lacked intensity. That is anti-thetical modern football. Like the workers of the world, international players must have a high rate of productivity. Unlike the workers of the world, the professional soccer players are well paid. 

Does that mean there is no hope for Ronaldinho, Robinho or Kaka? 

Ronaldinho has recovered some form since returning to Brazil and has taken his team, Atletico Mineiro, to the final of Copa Libertadores. But at 33 can Ronaldinho play on two sides of the ball? He certainly is capable of defense splitting passes but for Scolari that might not be enough.

Robinho has fallen off a cliff. A.C. Milan was negotiating a transfer to Santos of Brazil but the transfer negotiations have broken down. Robinho doesn’t seem to be in the plans of A.C. Milan and his hefty salary of 4 million pounds makes it a chore for another club to give the once Brazilian star an opportunity to play on a regular basis.

Kaka’s career also plummeted once moving to Real Madrid. Plagued by injuries and the garguantun footprints of Ronaldo, Mourinho kept him in the shadows. With the advent of Ancellotti, Kaka hopes that he will be given more playing time. Whether that will mean space on the Brazilian national team, that will not be an easy task.

Scolari’s message is that Brazil has entered a new age and the stars of yesteryear must be confined to the history books. 

Also in News

Futbolr Dupe Featured on 13 News ABC
Futbolr Dupe Featured on 13 News ABC

March 06, 2022

Matheau Hall The Mentor

Since the beginning of the academic school year, Hall has decided to volunteer his time at elementary schools across Norfolk, for the simple task of being a positive influence in young kids' lives.

Hall spent time at the after-school (and sometimes before-school) programs at Bayview, Crossroads and Richard Bowling Elementary schools one month at a time, coming three times a week over a three-week span.

All of which he did on his own time while unpaid. 

“There shouldn’t be a price for that. It shouldn’t be 'Pay me 100 dollars and I'll teach them,'" Halls said. 

He hopes kids see him as more than just a soccer coach. He hopes kids see him as more of a mentor and positive influence than anything else. 


Continue Reading

GOAT SHOW: Want To Play College Soccer?
GOAT SHOW: Want To Play College Soccer?

February 08, 2022

1st episode of the Goat Show features Scott Knight of andgo sports college recruiting company and 2021 NCAA soccer national champion Callum Johnson of Clemson men's soccer. GOAT Show host Mabricio "Mookie" Wilson sits down with Scott & Callum to discuss his recruiting experience out of BW Gottschee and Red Bulls Academy. Check out https://andgosports.com/ Guiding Student-Athletes through the Athletic Recruiting Process since 2008.

Continue Reading

Life of a Futbolr w/ NYC FC Mehdi Youssoufi
Life of a Futbolr w/ NYC FC Mehdi Youssoufi

January 28, 2022

MLS Champions NYC FC new draft pick Mehdi Youssoufi is the steal of the draft. Before heading to preseason we invited Mehdi to go shopping at one of Brooklyn's most exclusive stores, The 69, where he picked out his favorite Futbolr gear as we discussed his journey from Morocco to Brooklyn. Check it out all here on Futbolr TV.

Continue Reading