Brazil: the talent factory 2008 featuring: Marquinhos, Keirrison, Diogo Santos, Maikon Leite, Guilherme Gusmão and Anderson Pico
Brazil: the talent factory 2009 is out now and you can see the video of six new stars in the making in our FootBrazil special here
In the last five years alone, Kaká, Robinho, Pato, as well as numerous costly exports such as Jô, Anderson, Diego and Lucas, have all come out of Brazil.
This season there is another bumper crop of young, talented players all of whom could be making a name with one of the big European clubs before too long. So, if you are eager to find out who the next big thing fromBrazil could be, then look no further.
Naturally, there’s a lot to choose from and I couldn’t include them all. I’ve not mentioned the likes of Vasco’s Coutinho and Grêmio’s Douglas Costa who have yet to play a first-team game. I’ve also omitted São Paulo’s Hernanes and Alex Silva and Fluminense’s Thiago Neves and Thiago Silva who have been discussed in great detail on this blog and on numerous other sites.
The list is not definitive and it contains just a few players that have stood out for me. So, I’m going to start with a footballer I’ve really enjoyed watching this season: Vitória’s Marquinhos.
The Série A new boys appear to have unearthed a real gem in this attacking midfielder. Marquinhos is amongst the most gifted footballers in the country. If he had been playing for a club with a bigger profile, you would have heard of him long ago. His classy touch is complimented by a good work rate and he’s prepared to dig in and help out the defence. And if you like cool, just look at the nonchalant way he celebrates his goals.
But if any European club is interested in Marquinhos, they’ll need to act fast. The Brazilian football management group, Traffic, have apparently already tabled a bid of around US$4 million for Marquinhos and teammate, Willians. Traffic provided Palmeiras with the cash to buy Henrique from Coritiba earlier this year. Traffic also made most of the profit when the centreback was sold to Barcelona less than six months later. If Vitória have any sense, they’ll hang on to Marquinhos and Willians until a team from Europe comes in for them.
Full name: Marcos Antônio da Silva Gonçalves Nickname: Marquinhos Position: attacking midfielder Date of birth: 19/10/1989 Weight: 68.0 kg Height: 1.75 m Goals in the Brasileiro: 5
At Coritiba, is the much sought after Keirrison. The forward scored 12 in his club’s successful promotion drive last year. And after missing a couple of months through injury this season, the 19 year-old has already put away 10 goals in the top flight. Kerrison was subject to a bid by Traffic and Palmeiras earlier this year. But Coritiba wisely held on to the forward fully aware that he’s the type of player that can make all the difference. Now, Olympiakos and PSV are sniffing round Keirrison and may offer something in the region of 9 million euros.
Name: Keirrison de Souza Carneiro Position: forward Date of birth: 02/12/1988 Weight: 63.0 kg Height: 1.81 m Goals in the Brasileiro: 10
Also see Is Keirrison worth all the hype?
Keirrison finally joins Palmeiras here
Diogo’s 18 goals were instrumental in helping Portuguesa escape from Série B in 2007. At just 21, the forward still has a lot to learn but his ability has already got him noticed and the forward has already been linked with a number of European giants. His pace, speed of thought and finishing are what makes him an excellent prospect.
Name: Diogo Luis Santo Position: forward Date of birth: 26/05/1987 Weight: 80.0 kg Height:1.82m Goals in the Brasileiro: 6
Santos have struggled throughout the season. But forward Maikon Leite has looked the business. Leite was an unknown just a couple of months ago before Santos plucked him from obscurity at Santo André. The 20-year-old is pacey and can certainly dribble. And, in just a handful of games for the Vila Belmiro outfit, Leite has already proved he can find the back of the net at this level.
Name: Maikon Fernando Souza Leite Position: forward Date of birth: 03/08/1988 Weight: 62.0 kg Height: 1.68 m Goals in the Brasileiro: 6
Guilherme is considered to be Cruzeiro’s best youth product in years (though maybe Kerlon would disagree). This is the forward’s second season in Série A and this year he is amongst the league’s leading scorers with 10 to his name. Guilherme has a deft touch and is not afraid to use both feet when it comes to shooting. The youngster’s ability to find space by losing his markers is exceptional.
Name: Guilherme Milhonmem Gusmão Position: forward Date of birth: 22/10/1988 Weight: 77.0 kg Height: 1.73 m Goals in the Brasileiro: 10
League leaders Grêmio have Maylson and Rafael Carioca in their ranks but I’ve gone for Anderson Pico. The 19-year-old can use both feet but has been playing on the left for Grêmio in this campaign. As well as tricky wing play, Pico can drift into midfield. Because of his powerful shot, Pico has been touted as the next Roberto Carlos (but so many other players have too!).
Full name: Anderson da Silveira Ribeiro Nickname: Anderson Pico Position: left or right wingback Date of birth: 4/11/1988 Weight: 75.0 kg Height: 1.69 m Goals in the Brasileiro: 1
As I said earlier, this is not a definitive list. So, if you’ve got any of your own suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments. But please restrict your ideas to footballers actually playing in the Brasileiro and not teenage sensations who have never played for the first team.
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