While Brazil’s national team is heading for next year’s World Cup with a 100% record in South American qualifying, the country’s clubs dominate the Copa Libertadores, and maximize their unparalleled financial power on the continent. Takes up talent
For the first time since the South American draw in the Champions League in 1960, three teams from the same country have reached the semi-finals.
In 1966, Argentina’s three River Plate, Boca Juniors and Independence took part in the semi-finals, but it was divided into groups and thus 2021 cannot be compared.
This season’s semifinals begin next week, with the first round of all-Brazilian affair between Palmeiras and Atletico Maniro in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, with Flamingo welcoming Ecuador’s Barcelona to Maracana on Wednesday.
If the Flamingo, Rio de Janeiro giants who won the Copa Libertadores in 2019, reach the final in Montevideo on November 27, it will be another Brazilian all-down, as was the case last year when Palmyra defeated Santos. Was
Brazil’s population of more than 200 million is about half of the continent and so it is not surprising that its teams should do such a good job, but there are other explanations for the country’s current importance.
“Brazilian football is evolving, leading players are returning to the country and the league is becoming more and more competitive,” said Brazilian midfielder Lucas Pecata, formerly of Flamingo and now of Lyon in France.
Atletico Menero brought back the Hulk earlier this year and last month signed former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, a Spanish international who was born in Brazil but returned to Brazil. It happened.
Center-back David Luiz, released by Arsenal, has returned home to sign for Flamingo. Fellow former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian has returned to Corinthians.
The former Brazilian international orders huge salaries, the kind of money that bothers other South American clubs financially that he could not dream of paying.
“Brazilian clubs can attract big names because they can pay a lot of money,” said Leonardo Bertozzi, an ESPN Brazil commentator.
The financial gap can be partly explained by the difference in television rights deals in Brazil compared to neighboring countries. In 2019, Brazil’s top flight teams received 25 253 million, compared to only 91 91 million in Argentina. Was
Over the past decade, they have spent $ 800 million on the transfer market, almost double the investment of Argentine clubs, the 20th most successful country for Brazil in the history of the Copa Libertadores with 25 titles.
“Other South American clubs can’t compete with Brazil,” said Bertozzi, a 31-year-old Argentine playmaker.
Most Brazilian clubs are heavily indebted, but they can still afford to buy top talent from neighboring countries, and these players are often sold to Europe at a profit.
Given its population, it is not surprising that the country is still going through a never-ending stream of young talent.
According to the International Center for Sports Studies in New Zealand, Switzerland, Brazil is the world’s largest distance footballer, with about 1,100 players trading abroad.
“Brazil has always had a full seat of players, whether at home or in Europe,” points to Alex Sandro, Juventus and the Brazilian international fullback.
Palmeiras won last year’s Copa Libertadores thanks in large part to young talents Gabriel Menino, Danilo and Patrick de Paula.
Atletico Menero’s squad includes 24-year-old Brazilian Olympic champion Guillermo Arana and Flamingo Pedro, all of the same age.
Of the ten clubs that have sold the most players in South America in the last 10 decades, six are in Brazil.
The money earned can then be reinvested in the new signatures, and the cycle begins again.
“You can expect Brazilian teams to win most of the South American tournaments in the coming years,” Bertozi predicted.