the legends

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Ronaldinho
World Cup Winner
2-time FIFA Player of the Year

A lot of the moves I make originate from Futsal. It's played in a very small space, and the ball control is different in Futsal. And to this day my ball control is pretty similar to a Futsal player's control.

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Pele
FIFA Player of the Century

Athlete and Sportsman of the Century

Of course, Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, and passing. Futsal helped produce many great players in my generation, such as Paolo Cesar and Rivelino. All the best players began with Futsal! Futsal requires you to think and play fast. It makes everything easier when you later switch to football.

Xavi
8-time La Liga Champion

4-time UEFA Champion

In Futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. In normal football you don't necessarily identify talent as easily because it's so much more physical. But with Futsal, you notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding.

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Neymar
FIFA Footballer of the Year

FIFA World Cup Dream Team

Futsal has been very important in my life. In developing my technique, quick thinking, short movements. I think futsal is fundamental in a footballer's career. It was very important in mine.

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Zico
3-Time World Cup Player
FIFA Player of the Century

Everything I am as a Brazilian player, I owe to Futsal

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Futsal is diagonal and parallel. Touch more touch, play short, long passes are forbidden. There are no defenders or attackers. We are defenders who attack and attackers who defend.
The first step is the street game, the reduction of 11 football to futsal. Who does not dominate that sport will never understand the Guardiola method.

Pep Guardiola
La Liga/Bundesliga/Premier League
Champion


 

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Ballon d'Or Winner
FIFA Player of the Year

The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played futsal, I felt free. If it wasn't for futsal, I wouldn't be the player I am today.

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Futsal is spectacular. 
Of his 1990's Barcelone "Dream Team" Cruyff said, 'it appears that FC Barcelona play futsal on a big pitch.'

 

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Coutinho
FIFA World Cup Dream Team
World's Most Expensive Player

I played futsal from the age of 6. At Vasco da Gama, I was playing futsal until I was 11 before I moved to the pitch. This is where I learned my skills. Futsal is more technical and much quicker. That helped me a lot so wherever I go I adapt and learn quickly.

Johann Cruyff
 Pioneer of "Total Football"
Father of Modern Soccer

"Futsal is regarded as the incubator of the Brazilian soul."
-Dr. Emilio Miranda, University of Sao Paolo
 
WATCH: Brazilian Legends are Born in Futsal 
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Guilherme Element, Youtube