TBSG – Prologue

January 19, 2011

Hello everyone.

The Santa Catarina State Championship started last weekend, but since I figured it out that many of you might never have the chance to check out these games (and also it might not be that important to you), I decided that I will not post the game analisys of this Championship here, at the HTS.

If you are interested in the game analisys, check it out the twin version of this blog – http://www.hattrickfutebol.wordpress – that, by the way, it is in portuguese.

So, until the MLS Season get started, I decided to launch here, at the HTS, a guide that I wanted to write for a couple of months now. The main purpose of this guide is to explain, in an easy and simply way, how the soccer structure works out down here in Brazil.

Many of you might understand how the first division work, what is the biggest clubs and the most famous players, but my mission is to get a little deeper. It won’t be a complete source of information about soccer in Brazil (which would be huge and I don’t intend to write this yet), but I hope that after you read this guide, you can tell to you friends how soccer work in Brazil or brag in a bar, alongside your supporter group, that they don’t know nothing about soccer outside North America, or something like that!

I don’t know if you will do this, but I hope that guide helps you to understand how things are down here and how, somehow, we produced (and keep producing) a bunch of skilled players that got five World Cups in our history. Yes, you read somehow.

So, I present to you The Brazilian Soccer Guide (TBSG) Things that you might want to know about soccer in Brazil but never wasted time to search in Google or Wikipedia (or TBFG – The Brazilian Football Guide, for you that is English, Irish, Scottish, Australian, New Zealander, South African or from another english speaking country. Leave your comment, I will be happy to read your opinions too).

The guide will be divided in six chapters, that might have one or more parts (since I didn’t finish all the articles yet and I have no idea If will have to brake into many parts because its too big). Check it out the chapters:

The Brazilian Soccer Guide (TBSG):

Chapter 1 – The State Championships: Brazil seems to be the only country in the world that has professional state championships and you will understand why;

Chapter 2 – “Série A” and “Série B”: The second chapter will bring a little bit about how the first divisions in Brazil get where they are now and the system that they use;

Chapter 3 – “Série C” and “Série D”: If the first divisions are well know by many people, the lower divisions might get a little trick for you and here I will explain that;

Chapter 4 – Another Tournaments: Brazil has also a Cup, called Copa do Brazil, but thats not the only cup tournament that exist here in this huge country;

Chapter 5 – The “Categorias de Base”: or Academy System, how you call it. The first chapter that is not essential to you to understand the system (in terms of promotion, relegation, berths for Copa Libertadores and etc), but good to know how our soccer players become pro;

Chapter 6 – Amateur Soccer: This final chapter is also not really required to understand the system, but important to compare from what do you have in your country.

That is it. I hope to get the guide done until the beginning of the MLS season or maximum when “Série A” starts, late in April. In the end of the Guide, I will put a page in the top of the blog (right next to the Hat Trick, About the author) so you can check the posts without going through all the posts.

I will try to provide to you, also, a guide of the 2011 Championship (with all the teams, best players), if you want to start to following now, and maybe some infographic with the locations of the teams and another information.

I hope you like some of the articles, chapters or hopefully the whole guide. I am wainting for your comments and also english corrections (feel free to do that, please).



Hat Trick Soccer is back in 2011!

January 11, 2011

The year just started and off course, for fans of soccer in Brazil and USA/Canada, this represent a new soccer season coming. Thank God, we do not follow the so “blessed” european calendar.

For the brazilians, the fun starts on January 15th (next Saturday). For the americans and canadians, it all start with the Superdraft next Thursday. But the MLS Season only starts in March 15th. Three months waiting its a lot of time!

Anyways, for me, off course, starts a new task. My mission is update both blogs (Hat Trick Futebol in portuguese and this blog) with tatics from Santa Catarina State Championship and later on, the Brazilian First Division – focusing in the teams from SC State (Avaí and Figueirense).

Also, whenever is possible, tatics from MLS games. And I will be honest with you: that will be hard. First because there is not a lot interest about the league here in Brazil. Second because ESPN in Brazil only show the games on thursday (like ESPN2 in US) but when there is nothing else to stream.

Yeah, you get the idea. If there is any NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB or even X-Games going on (or Copa do Brasil – Brazil’s Cup, or European Championships) on thursday night, they will show that unstead of the MLS Game of the Week.

It’s hard for fans of MLS, like myself, who want to keep watching the league. Especially after MLS closed up the online streaming for people outside US and Canada. But I will figure a way out…

Also, I will try to explain for you, american and canadian fans, how the soccer system work out in Brazil. Many of you might know how work the first and second division, but probably have no idea how the third and fourth division work and this might help you to see if something similar would work in your countries.

I will also try explain how the State Championships work (something that only exist in Brazil, I think) along side the lower divisions (yeah, we have lower divisions in States Championships also!) and you have no idea about it.

The idea of getting this blog out came around September of 2010, but since I had to finish my college semester, alongside work (unfortunately I don’t get money to talk about soccer and update the blog, yet) the blog never came along.

So now, when the year is just beginning, I decided to finally launch the blog and start to get the things done. Why? Because, like the portuguese version, I realised that some people might be interest about tatics of MLS (something that I usually don’t find in other blogs) and a brazilian view from your soccer.

And off course, I have the chance to clarify to some off you, how soccer work in a different country. Like in the Hat Trick Futebol, when I will try to explain to my fellow brazilian soccer fans how draft and salary cap work (something that many people have no idea about it) I hope that here I can tell you how the 5 World Cup Champion nation work in terms of soccer and this might not be a nice thing to read (in terms of desorganization and everything else), but at least I will try.

Anyways, since this first post, I apologize for my terrible and simple english. I lived in USA in 2007/2008 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and thats how I really learned to speak and listen the language. I’ve been studying english since I was 15 and I am still studying but I realise that this isn’t enought to write. I hope you, at least, understand what I want to say.

I hope you enjoy this blog and I will try to post at least once a week.

Leave your thoughts and comments bellow!


Game analysis: Avaí, against Atlético-GO…

August 30, 2010


The last time that I posted in the portuguese version of this blog (www.hattrickfutebol.wordpress.com), around a month ago, Avaí was considered one of the best teams playing in Brazil.

Speed and creativity were the best weapons that the “Leão da Ilha” had. Roberto and Caio were constantly in the Best XI of many sports website.

The victories over São Paulo, Palmeiras, Goiás and the draws with Flamengo and Atlético-MG were considered good results, giving credit to a good team.

But in soccer (or football, as you wish), one month it’s like an year and the situation of Guga’s team is now totally different. And this game against Atlético-Go is a proff of that.

Avaí has like 40 players in the roster but still has no bench. During this time, Roberto, Caio and Davi were injuried and Rivaldo was sold to Palmeiras. And only four changes were enought to tranform the good Avaí into a regular Avaí.

Vandinho scored two goals but still not in his best. To be honest, I don’t think he will ever be in shape again. And I am not talking about his weight, but his mentality. He gives up in many balls, don’t fight to get the ball back and sometimes don’t even care to give a good pass. Válber is a good player, but has no pace yet. And Jeferson isn’t Rivaldo. Period.

Avaí needs to win again or it’s situation will get even more dangerous. Let’s hope that Caio and Davi can get back to play against Santos, on thursday, or the 8th position in Brasileirão will turn into the 15th position. There is no doubt about that.

MVP: midfielder Robinho, of Avaí – Okay, Vandinho scored twice, same as Elias for Atlético-GO. But nobody gives credit to this player, that quietly, is carring Avaí in his back. He is playing out of position, but still the best player in the field. And the worse part is whenever Antônio Lopes makes a substitution, is Robinho who comes out. Even when he is the best player in the game. Something does not make sense…

Grade: 8

Tactical Analisys:

Avaí played in 4-4-2 system, with three defensive midfielders and with Robinho playing as a fake forward. Válber and Robinho tried to create oportunities, but Jeferson was lost in field and did not help. For the tactic that Avaí uses, Vandinho is too slow and because of that, most of the times, Avaí  has only 9 players helping the defense.

Antônio Lopes used all substitutions, but only Leandro Bonfim helped. Leonardo was another Vandinho in attack and Sávio could not keep the pace of Robinho.  Thinking about the whole situation and how Avaí played, the draw was a good result.

That’s it. Leave you comments or opinions…