Dear Reader! 

The objective of this book is to introduce the Brazilian football philosophy and the way it approaches football mentally.

Every distinctive traditional football culture (the English, Dutch, German, Italian, Hungarian) embodies the particularity and nature of its national identity and uniqueness.

To understand the Brazilian approach and school of thought, we demonstrate a unique, special model of the game. With this model we hope to assist in the understanding of the Brazilian football culture.

Many have often asked of Brazilian players and managers:

  • Why is Brazilian football great?

In our book we try to find answers to this fundamental and basic question, in what way is the Brazilian player’s development and his organization of play different from the European concept.

As mentioned previously, we will use a new type of model of play to enable the understanding of the Brazilian game’s interpretation.

This unique model of play was designed between 1900 and 1960 by Hungarian trainers. During this time, Hungary’s football was among the world’s elite. It is not a coincidence that the Hungarian Golden Team of the 50’s was often called the Brazilians of Europe.

It turns out that the Hungarian multicultural way of thinking and feeling for life was synchronous with the Brazilian school of thought, which was then embodied by the „Danubian-basin system” or „Central-European playing style”!

The pl model of play and the underlying basic building blocks of this system are in stark contrast with the traditional, that is, German concepts.

However, the model of play developed by the Hungarian coaches are completely in step with the Brazilian game concepts.

In this book, we present the „europeanized” version of the Brazilian concept of play. We further built up the Brazilian game concept in order to make it easier for a European to understand the Brazilian football’s way of thinking.

The drills and exercises in this book all focus on teaching the „Brazilian style”. Nevertheless, there are also many drills here that are unknown to Brazil, because they utilize positional play, pendulum practices, ie. a variety of coordination drills.

The elaboration of the concepts of play, and the development of the drill/practice structures are the result of 6 years of intense research work.

In closing, I must add, that the reason Hungarian football is so weak today, is that after 1960 it moved away from that “Brazilian approach”, which had made the Hungarian Golden Team one of the world’s best ever. 

In our book, we predominantly focus on the principles of the Brazilian attacking strategies.

Why do we not spend more time on the defensive concepts? 

Because, in our opinion, the „foursome chains” system of defending areas typical of European football is better and easier to learn than the “rotating/circulating defenders” concept for defending an area utilized by the Brazilian style.

Budapest, 11 September 2010

Attila Ferenczi




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