For the past two decades, the Brazilian league has started in April or May and lasted until the beginning of December – the next World Cup will start in late November. And in the middle of the action opens a global transfer window, when most businesses are done – and Brazilian clubs will lose their stars.
The Brazilian coaches are still nervous. The fear of losing an important member of your side persists, especially when it happens at the end of the window, when there is little time left to shop for a replacement. But times have changed. Mid-year transfer window – net profit for the Brazilian league.
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This year, for example, Brazil’s 2019 Copa Amrica champion Flamingo winger Everton Soares is bringing in, and veteran Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is moving to an official contract. This is a great example of two types of players going to Brazil. The South American veteran – not just a Brazilian – is looking to end his career on his home continent after a long and successful run in Europe. And Brazilians of the 20s who could not settle in Europe. Vidal of Internazionale is first and Everton, Benfica is second.
Domestic double champion Atletico Minero has also gone shopping. Central midfielder Jameson is from France, who was in controversy for the last World Cup. Striker Alan Cardek has been brought in from China, as well as Argentine winger Christian Pawan. Copa Libertadores champions Palmyras have also traveled to Argentina with strikers Miguel Mantil and Jose Manuel Lopez.
All of this is handled with additional professional knowledge, as Brazilian clubs learn more about how to take advantage of their large support base. And as the club opens up new avenues of ownership with foreign capital, their purchasing power is likely to increase.
And another change in the market is also driving the league. A few years ago – when Brazil debuted in the May-December format, for example, European clubs came to Brazil for the biggest stars. This is no longer the case. He is no longer interested in the best players. They want a better future as young as they are. The idea here is that the sooner they can get young people across the Atlantic, the easier it will be to help them adapt to life in Europe and football.
The gap that has opened up over the last 15 years is believed to be that high-profile European football is faster and more compact than South America and takes less time on the ball. Better to adapt early. There are risks – maybe more for a man than a footballer. The 18-22 age group can be tough. It’s not always easy to go through teenage changes at home, let alone in a different culture thousands of miles away. But if this move doesn’t work, the player can always be transferred to the top – for example, back to Brazil.
Flamengo is the best example of this trend in recent times, developing Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid), Lucas Packeta (Lyon) and Rainer (Real Madrid via Borussia Dortmund) and providing financial support for an intense, quality and experienced team.
And Brazilian football is now top in South America. The last two finals of the Copa Libertadores have Brazilian affair and this year Brazil will provide five of the last eight players – as well as the semifinals in the Copa Sudamericana.
This does not mean that Brazil can attract whoever it wants and all the problems in its domestic football are gone. Far from it – and Luis Suarez can serve as an interesting example.
Veteran Uruguay striker Atletico Madrid has no club after his contract expires. He seems to have little interest in joining Argentina’s River Plate. But, it looks like they were laying down conditions to reach the last eight of the Libertadores. It dropped last week and Suarez’s interest cooled. The former Liverpool and Barcelona man admitted earlier this week that he had received “five or six” offers from teams in Major League Soccer.
What about the teams in Brazil? Suarez had a word that he was not interested in camp. There are several possible explanations for this role. The life of a footballer in Brazil can be difficult. Fans quickly turn their team around – not just with words but with threats of violence (and a growing reality). Games can take place at extremely high temperatures. There is a lot of travel – the country is very big. And there are many more games. The question of an organized calendar was never properly handled and players had to pay a price.
Going to Brazil is dangerous for an experienced player who wants to keep himself sharp until the World Cup. The mid-year transfer window has been a net profit for Brazilian football, but overall it is operating below its capacity.