Thought I would bring this young talent to the forefront as he has an interesting history, possibly a great future and seems to be a nice guy. Recently he has featured in the news because the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are looking looking to gain his services.
I will let you in on a secret a little later on about where the striker might go.
So back to Neymar his full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. He is a striker/winger/ free role player who plays in Brazil for Santos Football club and someone I have had the priveledge to meet and watch train and play, on and off, for 6 months spanning over almost a year.
Here are some of the articles:
Background Facts: Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and made his debut for Santos in 2009. He was voted the Best Young Player of the 2009 Campeonato Paulista and further honours with being voted best player in the 2010 Campeonato Paulista. He finished the 2010 season with 42 goals in 60 games. Neymar was again voted best player of the year in 2011 as his side retained the league title, Santos also winning the 2011 Libertadores (South American equal to the Champions league.) He also played a key role in securing a Continental double for his team, Santos’ first since 1963 with Pele and Pepe etc. At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2010 South American Footballer award by a record margin. In 2010, Neymar received nominations for the FIFA ballon d’Or and the Puskas award, which he won (I’ve added the goal on the video highlights below). His playing style has earned him critical acclaim with fans, media and former players drawing comparisons with Pele. Pele declared Neymar “an excellent player.” However, he still has a long way to go before he can claim ‘the King’s’ throne. On 10 August 2010, at the age of 18, he made his debut for the National team in a friendly match against the USA and scored from a header in the 28th minute.
My experience of Neymar: Whilst at Santos I saw the player everyday and he has talent; his feet move unbelievably quick, which seems to be more of a genetic trait then something gained through hours of training. His key skill is using the speed of his foot movement to dribble directly past the player or draw in players and then release to the extra man. This causes so many problems. In the Olympics this forced Mexico to quadruple team him as soon as he had the ball! Brings back memories of Michael Jordan and teams used to have to triple team him.
His team Santos was, last season, based around him, (A big deal for someone who is only now in their twenties) at least the attacking side. Santos is a well organised team, defensively and the attackers are given a free role in the final third with the aim of Neymar being so creative that the attackers could easily get into dangerous areas and score or Neymar breaking through and then scoring. This mixed with Borges (Santos player, and a goal poacher) and Ganso, a creative attacking midfielder, which made one hell of a group of attacking players. These players (Ganso and Borges) have now gone, leaving Neymar and a new crop of Brazilians and a new Argentinian strike to make up the attack, whilst also releasing some of the pressure that has been placed on Neymar this season.
The puskas goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNxsGNDpxJA
The Secret: I know that Neymar and Pele have a strong relationship at the club, that is not to say that they hang out together but Pele has been known to give advice, which has included a tip of not playing in England as the physical nature of the game in the UK is tough with Brazilian players. I’ve touched on the subject before and have noted that the young Brazilian players have a tendency to be really big in the legs and small up top, which is totally different in the English game where players are solid through out. Look at Robino from his time at Santos to now, he is far more of a bulldozer than when he was at Santos FC. This I would have thought would have been exasibated by Neymar having played with Robino and Elano, both having had bad experiences of the game in England and only one having really recovered from their experiences of the Premier League.
The final result:
Having Pele tell you not to go to England is a pretty hard thing to have said to you and not listen to. However, money is a key talker and just because two of his close team mates could not cope doesn’t mean he can’t. I believe I can guarentee this much, he is not going on to Europe until he has finished his contract at Santos, just in time for the World Cup in Brazil.
Let’s hear your views.
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