- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (9 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752213474
- ISBN-13: 978-0752213477
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 19 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Play the Brazilian Way Paperback – 9 Apr 1999
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So impressed, or possibly concerned, was the English Football Association with the way Brazil played at the 1950 World Cup that they set up a technical committee to examine Brazilian training methods.
They met just once and decided to take no further action. Eight years later, Brazil won the first of their four World titles. In 1997, football coach and Middlesbrough fan Simon Clifford did what the FA should have done and went to see for himself how the Brazilians do it.
What he discovered is now helping, at last, to transform the game in England. Clifford's book, Play the Brazilian Way, first explodes the myth that football skills are learned and developed on the streets and beaches of Brazil, or that their kids are born good. Actually, they can be snapped up by clubs or soccer schools at age six, from which point they train for up to 20 hours a week to improve their skills. Weight, diet and general fitness are monitored and teams of doctors, warm-up coaches, warm-down coaches and physios are on hand.
Clifford studied their methods, most importantly the unique five-a-side game "Futebol de Salao" to which most of the great Brazilian players he spoke to attribute their skills. He has since set up a Confederation of Futebol de Salao in England, and the game is beginning to sit up and take notice.
Play the Brazilian Way gives a step-by-step guide to all the skills and technical expertise inherent to Brazil's football curriculum--but beware, only hours of practice will make perfect! --Jamie Foulerton
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Top Customer Reviews
All too often football is complicated by people like Mr Clifford, this is just another opportunity for someone to make money out of the beautiful game.
Poorly written drivel.
This is the best coaching book that I have read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best and only thing this book gets right is using the size 2 ball which has 30% less bounce. Brilliant for indoor football, played on the deck. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2008 by CheekyBanker
The book which I use as my 'bible' for soccer coaching, .... This is the best coaching book that I have read.Published on 31 Mar. 2003 by Fernando
I am a football coach for sean faulkner and at eighteen, I have learnt more playing with the futebol de salao than I ever have, and the talent of the kids which we are producing is... Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2000
This is realy a very funny book. I am a 33 years old football fam living in Rio de Janeiro, and believe me, I have not seem any good braziliam player that came out from any school. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2000 by Ricardo Hinrichsen