Falcão

He is back! With the return of Falcão, Brazil launches plan to win World Cup 2020

Falcão is back just few months after announcing his retirement from the Brazilian National Team. The best futsal player in history is now a key player in Brazil’s plan to win the World Cup in 2020.

In his new role, Falcão will act as Director of Institutional Relations for the Brazilian Confederation (CBFS) tapping into his vast network to cultivate partnerships and secure sponsors.

“My role is more important out of the court than inside it. Brazilian futsal lost confidence and we need to show that the people who are in charge are serious,” said Falcão. “I’m ready to help develop Brazilian futsal. ”

Brazilian champion, Marquinhos Xavier, will be coaching the team. One futsal’s biggest influencers, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

“We have the best players in the world. The best teams in the world have two or three players who are decisive to win games and conquer championships,” said Xavier.

With a full schedule leading to 2020, CBFS Director Reinaldo Simões hinted that the team plans to tour and play in other countries. In addition, new sponsors have been announced: i9Life, Magnus and Implante Rio. Sports marketing agency TFW will be responsible for organizing events and finding sponsors.

“The growth of futsal in the United States is very important to the solidification of the sport”, said Felipe Drummond, owner of TFW agency and president of Magnus Futsal, (Falcão’s team that was World Futsal Champion in 2016). “We know the importance of the United States and when they enter in the sport they enter to make the difference. So, it is important to whole world and to Brazil, because it certainly will help in athletes exportation, in new business to Brazilian clubs and in exchanges between the two countries.”


Looking Back At The 2017 World Futsal Championships

Walking through Disney’s ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex last week, you could feel the energy and anticipation of teams on the final day of matches that would determine the champions of the 2017 World Futsal Championships.

After four days of fast-paced games, cheering fans and beautiful goals, players were ready to leave it all on the court in an all-or-nothing set of matches. One of the most impressive aspects of the tournament’s final day was the exhibition of sportsmanship displayed by players of all ages.

“The past few days we had a complete integration between kids of different countries and very different backgrounds,” said Rob Andrews. As President of UNITED FUTSAL, this integration of cultures though the fabric of futsal has been his dream and greatest achievement.

“We want young players to get exposure to different styles of play and cultures that they might not get otherwise” Andrews continued, “If they leave our tournament having learned something, we were successful.”

As the matches took place, parents and players of different teams mingled on the stands and supported previous rivals on the way to victory. The cheers echoed throughout the complex as teams put their skills to the test.

Michigan's ABK Futsal team was the great champion of  the Infantil category. Brazil's FC Flamengo won the Pre-Benjamin, Hyper Futsal conquered the title in the Benjamin and Rio de Janeiro Futsal Academy took home the gold in the Alevin category. In Cadete, Rio de Janeiro also won the men’s tournament and Elite Futsal was crowned champion of women’s championship.

More than a competition, this tournament was marked by the life-long memories that song players have created. When they look back at the tournament, they will remember days filled with fun, friendships and the experience of a lifetime.


Play and learn; Futsal Coaching Clinic to take place during World Futsal Championships

The World Futsal Championships, one of the most well-known youth tournaments in the world, will kick off July 31st and this year,  the opportunity to develop skills won’t be limited to just the kids.

Tournament organizers have announced that there will be a Futsal Clinic for coaches and players of all ages which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The coaches leading the clinic are two Brazilian experts well-known by futsal fans: Zego and Rodrigo Nunes.

Zego, a former player,  was responsible during his coaching career for developing stars such as Ricardinho, the Portuguese winger named Best Player in the World. Now Director of Coaching at Cadence Futsal Club, Zego created the 4-0 attacking system and was champion in Europe and South America, and brings 40 years of experience to the clinic.

Rodrigo Nunes, futsal coach and coordinator at Flamengo,  was also a Brazilian champion in the under 15s, under 17s and under 20s categories.

Those interested in participating in the clinic can click here to register.

 

 

 


Brazilian futsal legend helps Cadence with a big project in Illinois

Cadence Futsal Center will make its debut at the World Futsal Championships July 31st at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Illinois team's coaching director is well-known in the world of futsal, his name is Zego. The former Brazilian player has developed, a lot of great players such as Portugal’s Ricardinho, who currently holds the title of Best Player in the World.

“Zego, responsible for creating the popular 4-0 formation, was working in Vietnam with the youth categories and we’ve invited him to a camp here", said Guilherme Nunes, general manager of the club. "He came and after seeing our project, never went back. The word of our club is a legacy, that we will give to this state for decades.”

Cadence, a logistics company, recently changed its name to Joilet. The company's owner loves futsal and football and it was his love of the sport that led to the creation of the club. They were formed in January and now have categories at under 8s, under 10s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s.

At Disney they will play in the under 10s, under 14s and under 16s categories.

“It will be our first tournament, and we are very excited about that. We are planning other regional and national championships, and it’s possible that we will travel to Spain or Brazil as well", continued Nunes. "We are in the beginning of the project but tournaments are essential since they helps the development of the children, inside the court and also psychologically.”


The best of Australia will compete for a place in the World Futsal Championships

In a few weeks, one of the most important youth tournaments of the futsal season will kick off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney. It is the World Futsal Championships, which will attract some of the best talents from across the entire planet.

From Australia, there will be three teams fighting for a title; Freelance Futsal International, Galaxy Futsal Club and Bayside Pirates (we covered their history recently here).

As in the United States, futsal is growing rapidly in Australia and they are already thinking about the World Futsal Championships 2018. In January they will have the Craig Foster International Tournament and the winner will be invited to come to the USA.

The “Craig Foster Cup” is Queensland’s most prestigious futsal event. The tournament has been running for eight years, and is the pinnacle sporting event for futsal in Queensland, attracting teams from all over Australia.

FFSA’s Head of Game Development, John Mundy, gave his insight into how futsal is positively developing football in the country.

“What we are seeing with futsal in our state is the rise of a sport that not only engages young players, but also develops the technical, tactical, physical and psychological side of the game,” said John, remembering that some soccer players of the Australia National Team, like Tim Cahill and Tom Rogic, played futsal when they were younger, as did stars like Messi, Ronaldinho and Neymar.


Girls from Bayside Pirates want to repeat the performance in Australia at The World Futsal Championships

The World Futsal Championships will welcome teams from all across the world. From Australia, at the end of July, will arrive the Bayside Pirates who will play the women’s tournament within the Cadete category. The girls qualified after winning the Craig Foster Tournament.

The girls didn’t just win that championship, played on the Gold Coast against other Australian teams, but dominanted the competition. They won all the eight matches played, scoring 42 goals and conceding just 7.

“We place a lot of emphasis on female futsal, as it is part of our Strategic Plan, and it is proving successful.  This is the first time that the club will be participating in The USA & The World Futsal Championships and we hope it will lead to further tours in the future. We are coming to play and we will do our very best to win it”, said Mark Georgeson, president of the club.

Beside the Cadete team, Bayside Pirates, founded in 2008 as primarily a junior futsal club, has senior men’s and women’s teams. The latter won the New Zealand Football’s National Women’s League in February. There are four volunteers working on the women’s side of the club.

The Cadete team will carry out a training camp before the World Futsal Championships, which will be played from July 31st to August 3rd at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex within Walt Disney World Resort. Everything is being prepared, possibly, for another dominant performance!


The world's best feature in epic game: Inter Movistar are UEFA Futsal Cup champions

The main competition of European futsal, UEFA Futsal Cup always produces some stunning contests that are decided in the final moments. This is especially the case in the Final Four tournament.

This wasn't the case in 2017.

Spain's Inter Movistar humiliating Sporting Lisbon from Portugal 7-0 in the decisive game on Sunday.

Recently elected World Player of the Year, Ricardinho scored twice with the other goals coming from a brace by Rivillos as well as Gadeia, Lolo and Rafael Rato. It was a record fourth title for Inter Movistar in the competition and the first time that a club has scored seven times in a final.

In their UEFA Futsal Cup campaign they scored twenty-three goals and conceded four over five matches. One of the strongest teams in the world, Inter combines top players from Spain such as Rivillos, Pola, Ortiz and goalkeeper Jesus Herrero with Brazilian stars Daniel, Gadeia, Rafael Rato and Darlan. Ricardinho, with his repertoire of skills and powerful shot, is the main name in futsal in recent years.

The Final Four of the 2017 UEFA Futsal Cup was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Kairat, who are from the host country, secured third spot after beating Ugra from Russia in a penalty shootout after a 5-5 draw.


Brazil's new generation beat Argentina to claim their 10th Copa America

After the worst campaign in their history at the 2016 World Cup, Brazil began a process of reconstruction with a huge departure. Falcão, the best player in futsal history, retired from the national team.

Former Head Coach PC de Oliveira returned and gave young talented players their chance with the famous yellow shirt. The beginning couldn’t have gone any better. Last Wednesday, Brazil beat current world champions Argentina in their rival’s home and lifted the Copa America for the tenth time.

After a solid performance in the group phase, with three victories and 0-0 draw against eventual runners-up Argentina, the Brazilian national team beat Paraguay 5-2 in the semifinal to reach the final.

They produced a fantastic final against the hosts. Argentina started the game on top and scored two times through Rescia and Borruto. With Leandro Lino taking the role of fly goalkeeper, Brazil went all out attack and equalized in the final minutes with Felipe Valério and Lino. In the extra time, two great counter attacks finished by Marcel and Arthur gave the title to Brazil.

Marcel, Leandro Lino, Arthur, Rafa and Rocha, among others, are the promising talents of another great squad for the most successful nation of all time. Together with them, some experienced players, such as goalkeeper Tiago and Deives, voted the best player in the last Brazilian league and one of the 10 finalists for the best player in the world award. After the storm of last year, the clouds have cleared and a rainbow is shining over Brazilian futsal.


Chica’s Girls gives Queens' youth chance to shine in the World Futsal Championships

It’s not only boys that will show their skills and compete in the World Futsal Championships. The girls are ready to impress at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and one team from New York sees this tournament, which will take place between July 31st and August 3rd, as a great personal development experience.

Chica’s Girls, from Queens – NYC, is a non-profit organization founded in January for girls who aren’t fortunate to play for the big academies.

“Me and my husband asked ourselves: how can we help these young ladies achieve their dreams of making it to an academy and hopefully a great college?, Sports and women aren't as common as they should be. Our community does not offer soccer and futsal for girls within the ages 13 to 17, most teams are very far and others aren't affordable”, explained Leslie Calderon, founder of the club.

At Disney they will play in the Cadete category with a squad who plays together or against each other since the age of 8 and, as the founder revealed, is like a family.

“We want Chica’s Girls to be recognized for their talent and their values. As I mentioned earlier opportunities like these aren't offered to girls in our community and we want to not only expose ourselves, but also to let everyone including young girls know that anyone can make it if you put your minds to it, as long as there’s commitment and dedication. I really like this event as it is extremely organized and gives the girls the opportunity to meet and play against teams across the country,” said Leslie.

Currently Leslie and her husband fund all the club financial needs. They are searching for some fundraisers to help pay for tournament fees, uniforms and equipment, and also start a Go Fund Me campaign to help with their travel to Orlando. Here is the link if you want to donate


World Futsal Cup - Who Will Be The Stars in 2017?

The World Futsal Cup is an elite youth futsal championship held every year in Spain that captures the attention of the worldwide futsal community. It is an opportunity for individuals and clubs to make a name for themselves and demonstrate showcase their ability. We look back on some of the top performers from last year and ask who will be the stars at the next edition.

Over the last few years teams from the United Kingdom were increasingly becoming competitive but it was at the last edition where they finally had a champion. It happened in the Alevin category where Ole Futsal Academy from London defeated FC Barcelona on penalties in a pulsating final. They also finished as runners-up in the Benjamin division.

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The other clubs to claim their first title in the championships last year all hailed from Brazil. Santos F.C. showed talent beyond their young age in Benjamin, Rio Futsal Academy impressed to take the Infantil title and Corinthians got redemption from losing the final last time to lift the trophy in the showcase Juvenil section.

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Another club that impressed without reaching the final with any of their 3 teams was Bardral/RAD from Japan. However, with talent scouts keeping a close eye on proceedings, one of their players very much made a name for himself. Shutaro Nakashima scored 4 goals in the championships and shortly after signed for former Brazilian champions Intelli where legend Falcao previously plied his trade.

With preparations underway for Edition VI that will take place at the end of 2017, the focus has turned to who will make a name for themselves this time. Could City Futsal from Dallas, USA take a step forward and convert their two 3rd place finishes last year in Cadete and Juvenil into something greater? The same for Manchester Futsal who finished 3rd on their debut in the Infantil category. Could their be a new debutant that surprises everyone? Will we see the return to domination for the mighty FC Barcelona? They are by far the most successful club in the history of the competition but took only one winners trophy last year.

Time will tell. If you want to have the opportunity to compete and put yourself in the spotlight then there are few remaining places still available but they will not be there for long. Apply now at unitedfutsal.wpengine.com/WorldFutsalCup.