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Bruno Henrique: Gamers shouldn’t be afraid to ask for assist

Bruno Henrique’s scorching kind has put him on Tite’s radar He chats to FIFA.com about Palmeiras’ hopes of a comeback towards Boca Juniors Th...

 
  • Bruno Henrique’s scorching kind has put him on Tite’s radar
  • He chats to FIFA.com about Palmeiras’ hopes of a comeback towards Boca Juniors
  • The midfielder additionally discusses remedy, Felipao, Brazil and UAE 2018

The cinema-styled, triple-green-toned seats at Allianz Parque are so funky that Justin Bieber joked he needed to take one residence with him earlier than performing there final 12 months. An occupant of 1 would have readily shipped it to San Fernando Valley, Puslinch Lake, Billionaire’s Row or whichever mansion the Canadian megastar so desired in 2018’s infancy.

Bruno Henrique was sick of the sight of that bench. Quick-forward six months, nonetheless, and the 29-year-old is an computerized starter, Palmeiras captain, and a CONMEBOL man-of-the-match vacuum within the Copa Libertadores. He’s been esteemed by a former Brazil coach and the present one. He has real looking hopes of lifting the Campeonato Brasileiro and Libertadores trophies, in addition to rubbing shoulders with Actual Madrid and Co in December’s FIFA Membership World Cup, earlier than the New 12 months fireworks sound.

To what the multifunctional midfielder attributes his metamorphism might shock you.

“I believe nearly all of individuals have fears and insecurities and need assistance,” Bruno candidly defined to FIFA.com. “Persons are scared to confess that they need assistance.

“You don’t should be loopy or a foul particular person to want assist. I believe most of us want remedy – not simply footballers, however everyone.

“I’ve had remedy for the final two, three years, however I actually began to step it up on the finish of final 12 months. It’s helped me so, a lot. It’s helped me perceive my relationships with my spouse, household, buddies higher. It’s helped me with my fears, my insecurities, to have peace of thoughts.

“A footballer has so many off-the-pitch issues that may hinder him on the pitch. Now, I can go to coaching and into matches with out worrying about different issues, focusing solely on soccer.”

The upshot is that Bruno Henrique 2018 is an indubitable improve on his former mannequin. The Cambira native, who’s at all times had chameleon’s imaginative and prescient, is fitter and defensively higher than he has ever been, and has added objectives to his sport. 14 of them have come this season, together with a number of scorchers from his proper adidas Nemeziz.

Bruno has been one of many standout gamers within the Brasileiro 2018, alongside team-mate Dudu, Lucas Paqueta and Everton Cebolinha, serving to Palmeiras maintain a four-point lead over Flamengo, with seven rounds remaining. And he was peerless as ‘The Large Inexperienced’ paraded into the Libertadores semi-finals.

A late brace from substitute Dario Benedetto snatched Boca Juniors a 2-Zero win on the Bombonera final week, nonetheless, and left Luiz Felipe Scolari’s aspect with all of it to do, heading into Wednesday’s deciding leg at Allianz Parque.

“Boca is a workforce of high quality gamers,” mentioned Bruno. “They’re robust throughout. They’re additionally very harmful from set-pieces. We now have to remain alert to this.

“We want objectives, so we have now to assault, however we have now to take action intelligently. However we will’t be afraid of them. We now have to play our personal sport. We now have high quality gamers who can get us the objectives we’d like.

“I’m positive we’ll produce an excellent efficiency. And the help can be elementary. Palmeiras have improbable supporters. The vitality in our stadium when it’s full, it offers you such motivation and it makes it a cauldron for the opposition.

“Successful the Libertadores and taking part in on the Membership World Cup, towards groups like Actual Madrid, is a dream for each participant right here in Brazil. It could be unimaginable.

“Felipao makes us imagine we will do it. He’s a sensational coach and an excellent particular person. When you have got a serial champion with golf equipment and nationwide groups, who’s masterminded comebacks many instances, with you, it offers you nice confidence.”

Reward between the moustached grasp and pupil has travelled in the other way, with Scolari lauding Bruno as an “wonderful chief” – excessive reward from a person who has afforded armbands to Cesar Sampaio, Cafu, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry.

The precise Brazil coach can be an admirer of a participant who helped him win the Brasileirao for Corinthians in 2015. Tite elected towards summoning gamers concerned within the Brasileiro and Libertadores trophy tussles for November’s friendlies towards Uruguay and Cameroon, however he has entertained calling on his previous ‘Mister Reliable’ twice lately.

“I used to be actually happy to listen to Tite point out me in an interview,” Bruno mentioned. “It’s an enormous dream to play for the nationwide workforce. Everybody has an opportunity with Tite. He’s selecting gamers based mostly in Brazil and selecting gamers on advantage. So, I’ve simply received to maintain taking part in effectively for Palmeiras, and hopefully, I’ll get a name.”

If Bruno can information the escape from Boca’s labyrinth, it could shortcut his skywalk to the Seleção.

The Finest gamers at Russia 2018

 

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

  • Every nominee for The Best FIFA Men’s Player featured at Russia 2018
  • Seven of which reached the World Cup semis
  • All of them earned a medal or trophy

As the peak of the year’s footballing calendar, it is no real surprise that every player on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award set foot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

However, those who left with a lasting reminder – be it medal or trophy – will find their exploits in Russia at the top of their pledges to walk away with the award in London on 24 September. We take a closer look at the seven players with that in their corner.

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Kevin De Bruyne

Belgium

Standout moment

With an explosive swing of the boot all too familiar to those who watch him week in, week out, his fiercely-struck winner against Brazil caused a sharp intake of breath around the football world and showed how devastating he can be.

What they said

“He is a modern playmaker. Some playmakers stop the tempo but Kevin goes even quicker. His execution is exceptional and so in the final third his performance is very attractive and then he gets bigger recognition.”
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

The stat

Only three players made more key passes than De Bruyne’s 77 in Russia.

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Antoine Griezmann

France

Standout moment

While throughout the tournament he shone from dead balls, in scoring the opener in the Final he put in a man of the match display as France ran out 4-2 winners over Croatia.

What they said

“The fact that he has already accomplished very beautiful things, his quality, his standing can now weigh in his status as a credible candidate.”
Former France international Alan Giresse on Griezmann’s chance at winning individual honours

The stat

In his last seven international knockout matches, Griezmann has netted no fewer than eight goals.

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Eden Hazard

Belgium

Standout moment

His superb footwork to open up space to swing in an inch-perfect cross with his ‘unfavoured’ left foot for Marouane Fellaini to equalise against Japan showed how key his creativity and precision are for Belgium.

What they said

“He’s got extraordinary qualities, does things other players cannot. And you don’t just run him over. He’s very strong on his feet so it’s difficult to take the ball off him. I think he’s the complete player.”
Red Devils team-mate Thomas Meunier

The stat

Hazard had more successful dribbles, 40 in total, than any other player at the World Cup.

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Harry Kane

England

Standout moment

His header in England’s opener against Tunisia, deep into stoppage time, set the tone for the feel-good nature of the Three Lions’ tournament and showed his talismanic status in the team.

What they said

“He is showing all the attributes to be a world-class striker. We can all see the difference he has made for England, not only with his goals but also because of his great movement, which creates so many chances for team-mates.”
Brazilian forward Marta

The stat

Harry Kane’s six goals, to clinch the adidas Golden Boot, came from just six shots on target.

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Kylian Mbappe

France

Standout moment

While he may have scored the thumping fourth in the Final, Mbappe’s unstoppably electric performance against Argentina will be remembered for years to come as the day the world sat up and took notice.

What they said

“I didn’t know him. Now he has played a lot for France, a lot in the Champions League. He is a different player, a star for the next 15 years and I think he can even improve.”
Kevin De Bruyne on not knowing Mbappe when Monaco knocked Manchester City out of the UEFA Champions League in 2017

The stat

The FIFA Young Player Award winner was only the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final, alongside Pele in 1958.

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Luka Modric

Croatia

Standout moment

While you could look to his stunning goal against Argentina, or his impeccable performance as a tireless midfield metronome in the semi-final, his character to convert from the spot against Denmark in the shoot-out just minutes after missing in extra-time spoke volumes about the eventual adidas Golden Ball winner.

What they said

“We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player. Because we are a small country, Luka gets less attention than he deserves. He is one of the best in the world.”
Croatia team-mate Dejan Lovren

The stat

No one covered more ground while in possession than Luka Modric, clocking up 29.77km with the ball at his feet.

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Raphael Varane

France

Standout moment

His quarter-final header against Uruguay. Having been blamed for being beaten to Mats Hummels’ headed winner four years ago, it was poetic that Varane struck at the same stage in Russia, before giving an impressively solid display at the back to secure victory.

What they said

“As Dembele tells me, I have completed football.”
Varane on being complemented for his exceptional season by team-mate Ousmane Dembele

The stat

Varane became only the 11th player to win the World Cup and UEFA Champions League in the same season. Seven of those were German who triumphed with Bayern Munich in 1974, while every other player has done so with Real Madrid on four separate occasions – including fellow Frenchman Christian Karembeu in 1998.

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