Opinion: if you want to be taken seriously, you have to take yourself seriously first

The Brazilian football is the most hypocrite in the world, also, the one that has the biggest inferiority complex in the whole world. Seriously, if you ever find out a planet, in a galaxy where everyone thinks they are inferiors compared to others, would not even get to the feet of most Brazilian teams.

If that wasn’t enough, it is also the most greedy. Not a greed for great players or presenting a great show, the greed for profit. We are talking about money.

Let’s get to the point. Brazilian clubs are planning a boycot to São Paulo FC. They are saying Tricolor influenced youngster on their transfers to the club, by talking to their parents and making huge promises.

Between the athletes putted on question are Foguete, former Vasco and Brazil u15, Bruno Dip traded Corinthians for São Paulo at only 15 and Paulo Henrique, 16, who was in a transaction from Prudente to Coritiba, but ended up in São Paulo.

They want Tricolor to take the negotiations seriously. Want the club to talk to them, before negotiating with players and family. I don’t disagree about that, it is their right and it is what the ethic says.

But to want that, first you have to take yourself seriously and treat players right, mainly. How do you want others to value what you have, if you don’t do so?

São Paulo has the structure for the youngsters. Has exclusive medical assistance inside the training center, swimming pools, many fields, scholarship and technical courses, and most important of all: pay the salaries.

The club from Morumbi is far from being an example. Some stuff should be criticized, such as mr José Geraldo, who, from what I’ve heard, complicates more than helps on revealing players, because of his personal interests and short knowledge on football.

Even with that, it gets hard for clubs such as Vasco, most motivated one in the boycot, who assumedly haven’t payed Foguete wages and because of that lost the player. It was a right he had, to search for another place to work, since he wasn’t being payed at Vasco. Wouldn’t you do the same if the company you work for didn’t pay you? We are talking about Vasco, where a 15 year old player died during a training session not long ago.

“It is like the players are living in a house for young criminals”. I’m not the one saying that, it is Brazil’s public ministry who said that training at Vasco is like that. When you give these training conditions, you can’t force anyone to stay against their wish.

Other clubs might not have that much lack of competence, but should also take their work with young players more seriously and can’t complain that much on stuff like that, even if São Paulo should also care more about its business with youngsters.

More interesting than promoting a boycot, that, truth to be told, should be adressed to players agents, not clubs, would be trying CCF from Brazil’s Confederation to actually work.

CCF means Certificado de Clube Formador, something like Certificate of forming young athletes. A regulation that requires clubs to have minimum condition to work with youngsters.

Beyond other things, the regulation says the club should have exclusive medical assistance in its youngster training centers, scholarships following and technical courses. If that was actually putted on practice, situations like this would be minimized, since clubs like Vasco wouldn’t be able to work with teen players. More important than not losing a young prospect to a rival, a kid’s death could have been avoided. Is a youngster life more important than the money you will earn with his sell?

However, Brazil’s Football Confederation just distributed the certificate to teams that have some tradition, without doing some research and evaluation, in fact.

About the boycot:

The three more well known cases are hard to tell if São Paulo has actually seduced the players in a immoral way. Foguete wasn’t being payed and decided to leave the club. He could have gone anywhere, but had the chance to go to one of the bests and did so. Can you blame him? Can you blame São Paulo?

Bruno Dip, only 15, is just another of the million cases that happens. If you pay attention, that’s the thing that happens the most every year in every club. Some are more valuable other less, that’s the only difference. Maybe comparable to Lucas, now at PSG, who left Corinthians at age 14, because the club refused to give medical assistance and pay the athlete transportation to the training center.

Tricolor itself suffered with that in Lucas Evangelista case. São Paulo didn’t offer him a place to stay in Cotia, but Desportivo Brasil did and took the player. Later, he decided to sign for São Paulo, at 16, but then he was seduced by Manchester’s Program at Desportivo. He is again at São Paulo and that story is past.

And as you all can see, the funniest thing is that foreign clubs do that all the time. There are hundreds of tournaments only made to watch foreign young stars. How many youngster wasn’t on trial at some foreign club before turning professional? When it is a big European team, the mid and small Brazilian teams think it is amazing.

In this cases they say that “gringos” are professionals with its Summer Camps and everything.

The situation is complicated, because I start from the principle that is easier for a big institution to explore a player, than a youngster by itself take advantage of a big team, with millions of fans and hundreds of lawyers.

The truth is, that if there isn’t anything ilegal in what São Paulodone, as says their accusers, so who can do the most, cry less. Simple like that.

 

 

About Gabriel Fuhrmann

Jornalista formado desde 2011, especializado em futebol de base. Repórter da São Paulo FC Digital
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