Boomland brazil: the federal league turns away

Boomland brazil: the federal league turns away

The manager of internacional porto alegre had recently tried hard to get bremen defender naldo to return to brazil. And even if he has failed for the time being, the case of naldo proves that the importance of brazil as an eldorado for the bundesliga and european soccer is changing radically. "The brazilian market is no longer interesting for the bundesliga," says vfb stuttgart sports director fredi bobic. Allofs can only confirm this: "this is a new situation, that’s for sure. For players is now also there a lot of money available."

The economic boom and the prospect of the 2014 world cup in brazil have triggered two developments at the same time. Players from the country of the record world champions are now difficult for european clubs to pay for or even attract. And brazilian players in europe are increasingly drawn back to their homeland. The wunderkind neymar cancelled even real madrid to stay with his club FC santos. Conversely, former star ronaldinho moved back from AC milan to flamengo rio de janeiro at the age of 30.

There are also numerous signs of this trend in the bundesliga. FC bayern munchen had recently declared that it would discontinue its scouting in brazil. Even bayer leverkusen, which for years maintained the best connections there and regularly brought stars like emerson or ze roberto to germany, last signed a pro from the sugar loaf (renato augusto) in 2008. While there were 36 brazilians playing in the bundesliga at the time, there are now only 20.

"The brazilian market has never been a low-cost market. And he has not necessarily become cheaper now," explains allofs. This is simply "a result of the overall situation: brazil is a flourishing, booming country. There are a lot of people who have a lot of money. Besides, they have the world championship in their own country in the foreseeable future." Werders naldo justified his desire to transfer last week with exactly these arguments: "you can earn as much money there as in europe," said the 29-year-old. "And i think that at internacional i have more chances to win the world cup."

In addition to all these points, there is a special feature of the brazilian market: the question of which professional belongs to whom is often very difficult to answer. "The rights often lie with shareholders," says bobic. "10 percent of the shares belong to the club, 90 percent to four, five other people or companies. This is what makes transfers in brazil so exhausting and difficult."

The consequences of this are well observed this winter break. Bobic and his vfb now like to strike in japan. And even the financially strong vfl wolfsburg is focusing on eastern europe and portugal in its current shopping spree. But most clubs have not yet completely lost their interest in brazil. "Who knows how long this trend will last," says bobic. "We have already experienced many booms. And then at some point it went boom."

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