Josh Cremen spent 4 months in Brazil with Top side Minas. Upon his return to NZ he talks about his time with the club and Futsal.
What I expected:
Before I went to Brazil I thought I was a good player. I expected the Brazilian players to have amazing skill, ball control and flare but lack strength, fitness and speed. I also thought their technical side of the game would be average. Knowing about their flair in the game and individual brilliance I expected their discipline and respect towards each other to be poor. I also thought their defensive play would be poor.
What it was actually like:
Every player had their own specialty. Some were better at shooting, some were better at passing etc. They were extremely disciplined and they all had the potential to go professional. The main part of their game was defence and they relied on counter attacking to score. Their passing was powerful and accurate and every player could shoot with incredible power and accuracy. The players practised with the intensity of a cup final. This is something we need to do more of in New Zealand.
What amazed me the most was the amount of passing they did. They had the willingness and patience to wait for the right opportunity to score. It demonstrated trust in their own abilities and in their team mates.
You watch them on TV doing all their tricks; this is what I expected them to do. However they played a very structured style of game and only occasionally did dazzling moves.
How this experience inspired me:
My Brazil experience inspired me to seriously pursue my dream of becoming professional. More importantly it gave me the confidence that playing professionally could be attained. I realised that in order to become professional I have to continue training and playing similar to what I experienced in Brazil.
I want to thank Paul Wadsworth and Vikings Futsal NZ for giving me this amazing opportunity and experience and if you plan to go to Brazil be prepared to train harder…MUCH harder!