They have been playing soccer since the age of 4, first kicking resemblances of futbols about on the streets of tiny towns in Brazil at that age, made a name for themselves in their country’s leagues as they grew and some have played, and still pursue, a professional side.
The four coaches from the Tetrabrazil Soccer Academy, the leader in professional Brazilian soccer training, are currently conducting a clinic with local youth on the Adair Kennedy Field.
“We are going to show you the best way to play soccer,” the coaches said at the beginning of the clinics. “The Brazilian way.”
During one stretch when the rain was a bit harsh and play a bit labored, they briefly touched on today’s futbol clash between the United States and Germany in the World Cup at Recife, Brazil.
“Wellllllll, that is tough,” Estefano de Araujo Magalhaes said. “It is going to be a great match I am sure but I put my hopes on Germany. They have a great team. It is nothing against USA but Germany is going to win a close game. USA has gotten better every year.”
Magalhaes, age 22, was born in Uberlandia in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He just finished his senior season as goalkeeper for Hannibal LaGrange University in Missouri. This past year the team made it to the conference finals. The year before they were second in the nation in the NAIA and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion.
“It was the best position we had ever got on campus,” Magalhaes said. “It was something big.”
He will return to be an assistant coach for the women’s team and goalkeeper trainer.
“We start really early in Brazil,” Magalhaes said. “Everyone does. An eight-year-old in Brazil would be playing like a 15-year-old in the US.”
His pick for the World Cup champion is Brazil.
“I hope,” he laughed.
Gabriel Monteiro de Almeida Brigatto Vianna, was born in Rio and turned 23 on Saturday. He played for Ireland, the UCFL League champion, in 2012-13.
He began at age 4 as well, and then began being a goalkeeper at age 10. Vianna would like to play for a university or pro team in the US.
“We have three months doing the camps,” Vianna said. “We can see the soccer improving in the USA. That is all I love to do is play soccer, coach, train and practice.”
Vianna also said the USA was getting better.
“But I think Germany will win,” Vianna said. “They have many great names like (Mesut) Ozil, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger, (Thomas) Muller, (Miroslav) Klose, and (Manuel) Neuer. I hope United States get past quarterfinals but I think Germany will pass.”
Vianna’s choice for World Cup champions is Brazil.
“Brazil, of course Brazil,” Vianna laughed. “Some times the group won’t work but then one person does.”
Fabio Humberto Carvalho, 32, is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He has degrees in law, physical education and post grad degrees in soccer and indoor recreation. He is a soccer coach and is licensed by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
“I think Germany is a good team,” Carvalho said. “USA soccer is up but they will not have a the high caliber team until 10 or 15 years for World Cup. For this moment Germany is better. And Brazil will be world champs, of course. Brazil and star Neymar.”
“Soccer in Brazil is the most popular sport,” Carvalho said. “Here you have basketball, baseball, football, dance, golf and then soccer. I think that American people like many points. Sometimes soccer does not have goals.”
Added Vianna, “Our Brazilia, we like more the dribbling and fakes. We don’t like teams that play like Barcelona and Spain, the famous ticktack, the pass and pass and touches. We don’t like this ‘off game’ style. We like how Brazil play forward, always forward, trying to grow individually all the time. We like players like Neymar, Ronaldo, Robinho, players that go one on one and are creative.”
They agreed that Netherlands, after Brazil, is the favorite for the title.
“We hate Argentina,” they laughed together. “We are really rivals.”
Deivisson Antonio da Silva, 32, is from the Brazilian city Curitiba. He played soccer at a Brazilian university and is a current soccer coach.
“Is a hard game for US,” Silva said. “I think the United States are more technical, Germany is more stronger and have more power. They are big and strong. United States will be prepared. Brazil, oh my god, will be champions. Brazil is playing in house. I think Brazil are champions, they are favorites.”