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Brazil – bright past and bright future

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The 1958 World Cup was organized in Sweden. Despite not being a huge football nation today, except for the ever-amazing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish national team was one of the best in the world in the fifties. This was proven by an amazing second-place finish in the 1958 World Cup. The team that beat them was, and still is, one of the biggest football nations in the world.

They were beaten by the Selecao, also known as the Brazilian national football team. Their renowned reputation as one of the best teams in the world started in 1958  when they won their first world cup. The team that won this first world cup was starred by a young but talented 17-year-old Pele who is still considered one of the best players of all time. Pele didn’t play until the third match of the group stage but earned himself a position in the starting XI in the quarterfinals and he scored the only goal in a tough 1-0 win. Pele then scored three goals in the semi-finals against a dumbfounded French team. He then added another two goals to his tally in the final which Brazil won 5-2.

Right now Brazil still has a great team with the ever-amazing Neymar while their future also looks bright with young players such as Gabriel Martinelli.

Martinelli showed some amazing flashes last season for a struggling Arsenal team. He didn’t play a lot under coach Emery but the then 18-year-old got a lot of opportunities under new coach Mikel Arteta. He played 26 games in which he scored 10 times and provided 4 assists before he suffered a horrific knee injury which at the time was reported to sideline him for the rest of the 2020 season.

But it seems that Martinelli’s recovery is going better than expected. There have been recent reports which confirm that Martinelli’s recovery is going great.

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Back in training

Martinelli has come a long way since his surgery in June. He couldn’t even walk the first week but due to daily specialized assistance, his recovery is going as well as possible. On November 20th, Arsenal tweeted a statement on Martinelli’s injury :

”Gabi has also progressed very well is working well in group sessions and aims to integrate into squad sessions over the next two weeks.”

Hopefully, he will be able to return to action before the end of the year as Arsenal are struggling a bit in the Premier League and could do with the young Brazilian’s energy, creativity and eye for goal..

Martinelli could soon become one of three Brazillian wunderkinds named Gabriel, ploughing their trade at the Emirates. This spring there were several reports linking Gabriel Veron with a move to Arsenal, who would be joining Martinelli and fan favorite and recent signing centre-back Gabriel Magalhães.

Veron was reportedly available to be signed from Palmeiras for a fee in the vicinity of £26 million this spring and he was being carefully monitored by the north Londoners. Having scored three goals during the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup he was awarded the Golden Ball trophy.

Even if he was not signed by Arsenal during the summer transfer window, the 18-year-old is likely to have a bright future ahead of him.

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