Sylvinho: “Soon there will be more Brazilian technicians in Europe”

first_imgWhen he accepted the offer to coach Lyon last summer, Sylvinho ended a nine-year drought without Brazilian coaches in the major European leagues. Since Leonardo left the bench for Inter Milan in 2011, no Canarinho had had the opportunity Sylvinho had. In his first interview after his short stint at the French club, the Barcelona, ​​Arsenal, Celta and Manchester City exlateral spoke with AS about a change in the mentality of a new generation of Brazilian soccer players in Europe who, like the Argentines, are beginning to prepare to take the step he took after a successful career .How was your transition to the bench?At City, Roberto Mancini saw me as a trusted footballer and we talked a lot about the team. It was natural, he had been in Europe for a decade. When I retired, I went to Brazil and worked at Cruzeiro and Corinthians with Tite, before Mancini himself brought me to Inter to be his assistant. In Italy I took out the UEFA B and A coach diplomas, until Tite and Edu called me to work as their assistant in the national team. When I took out UEFA Pro last year, the opportunity came up at Lyon and I accepted it.There was much anticipation about his departure to Lyon after nine years without a Brazilian coach in Europe’s big leagues. But things did not go well …Of course I would have liked to have been more than eleven games. To have had more time to do my work. But it was a club decision and I respect it. Football is about results. I keep the good, with the relationship that I have raised with the players and with the opportunity to have coached a club as big as Lyon.What do you get out of your first experience as a coach?The life and career of a coach is much more stressful and demanding than that of a footballer. Everything happens very fast, you hardly have time to reason. I did not want to burn stages, so I prepared myself step by step to make the leap to the bench. I believed that the opportunity at Lyon was ideal. Of course, the experience was not what I expected, the results did not correspond to expectations. Mine and those of the club. It wasn’t like anyone would like it to have been. We had four or five games that we lost conceding goals in the last minutes, even against PSG, with a goal from Neymar. But I’m still pretty calm and confident in my ability and I’m going to wait for another chance.I guess as a coach, right?Yeah right. There is no way back. There is one thing I learned a lot with Tite during our period in the selection. After an experience like this, one has to take time to digest. To make a self-criticism, mature and absorb the information and learning. To give time to time. After eight years of work and preparation, four long years of coach school and sacrifice, I can afford the time and give myself a second or third chance.Is your plan now to continue training in Europe?I am Brazilian, if I have an offer in Brazil I will study it. I cannot despise my origins. But I developed practically my entire career in Europe. I have a Spanish passport. I lived eight years in Spain, I had been living in Milan for more than four years before coming to Lyon, where my family still lives. I know well the Italian league, the Premier. I speak four languages ​​and I am ready for the challenge. I am patient and I will go to the club that gives me the best conditions to carry out my work.Why do you think it took so long for us to see a Brazilian training again in a great league in Europe?I believe there are two factors. The first is language. The Brazilian technicians, who never lived abroad, speak only Portuguese. We have great coaches in Brazil, but in globalized football speaking other languages ​​is essential. And the second is the interest of footballers operating in Europe to follow the career. We do not have the same mentality as Argentines and that is a mistake.What mentality are you referring to?When I was at Celta, I remember seeing Berizzo, Pablo Caballero and Gustavo López, in their twenties, taking courses. Forming. Thinking in the future. They went from Vigo to Coruña to study. Zabaletta is another who continues to play but is already fully trained to be a coach. Simeone or Pochettino was the same. They are people who anticipate their time. So I just wanted to know about playing soccer. I did not realize until the end of my career that it was necessary to prepare. It is a matter of culture. But that is changing. Changing how? The Brazilian players are realizing that the coaching career begins on the field. And taking advantage of the fact that they are in great teams to advance their training. I know at least about five Brazilian footballers, veterans, who are in European clubs and who have already started their preparation to be a coach. I am convinced that soon, in about five or six years, we will have more Brazilian technicians with this profile in Europe. Former players of great European clubs who are going to lead a cultural change in the mindset of the Brazilian soccer player. But a change like this is not from one day to the next, Argentines thought like this many years ago. While the Brazilian player often comes with the idea of ​​one day returning to Brazil, the Argentine player comes with the idea of ​​staying. To create roots in Europe after the soccer career. Now that is also starting to happen with the Brazilians, with the encouragement of the clubs, which offer their players the opportunity to take the coaching courses. There is a very interesting movement and that is very positive.How does Sylvinho, the coach, understand soccer?Soccer is first of all human. It is how to quickly diagnose situations, relationships, people. Understanding which player plays better in what position, how he responds best to instructions, how the individual characteristics of each can be potentiated. What loyalty relationship do you have with your players and peers. A matter of trust. How can you put all your ideas together and transmit your message in the best possible way. But within all that there are three fators that are very important and that the great coaches have: to understand and a lot of tactics, to know how to express themselves before the press and to be a great wardrobe manager. All great coaches have these three characteristics. It is very difficult to get there. Having two of these three is already very complicated …Who was the best coach you had as a player?I was privileged because I had the opportunity to play for Guardiola, Wenger, Mancini and after working with Tite. All four are amazing and have these three pains I said earlier. They are geniuses, they are human, they are loyal, they have group management in their hands, the highest level of confidence, they understand everything that is happening in tactical terms, such as assembling a team, diagnosing problems.Tite says she still wakes up at night thinking about that World Cup quarterfinal loss to Belgium. How does one manage to overcome a disappointment like that?For the coach it is very hard, all the pressure is on him. But for us it was also an inexplicable pain. As a footballer, I won two Champions but lost a Europa League final, I suffered hard defeats in the quarterfinals or eighths of European leagues. But you always have the feeling that you can come back next season. A defeat in a World Cup is something incomparable because it is four years of work. You know that several more veteran players who are there are fully aware that it was the opportunity of a lifetime, that they will not return. I remember talking to Zabaleta before Russia, asking him what it’s like to be there. And he said to me: ‘It is much worse than a Champions League. There is no return match. ’ If you have a mistake, you play bad 30 minutes, it’s over. Four years take a long time to pass. But the month and each match of a World Cup passes very quickly. It is a pressure that does not exist the same.What else have you learned with Tite?I have learned a lot of things. He is a complete coach. International top level. He dominates the tactical part, he knows how to communicate, he has tremendous group management. He is confident, loyal, honest. Tite’s records with Corinthians say it all. He is the last South American to win a Club World Cup. He is a coach who adapts to any situation. He knows how to mount his teams to attack and he knows how to do the same to defend. It does not close to a style. He and Mancini were my great teachers at the practical school.Your natural way when you decide to leave the command of the Brazilian team is to come to train in Europe?He is more than ready and his results say it all. I already told you that, that I see you more than ready to take the step. It would be a tremendous joy to see him train in Europe because Tite is a true reference for players of my generation. As are Muricí Ramalho or Mano Meneses, coaches who were pioneers and had to work hard to achieve what they achieved, perhaps without the same tools and opportunities that exist in Europe. It would be fair to see Tite train a great European club.Knowing Barcelona as you know, how do you see the crisis the club is currently experiencing?There is a very thin line between crisis and success in a club like Barcelona. The potential of this club, its staff, the greatness it has makes it possible to go from the crisis to a historic achievement practically in the blink of an eye. I lived that in Barcelona. My four years at Barça, we lived through a crisis of results. And the following year, in Guardiola’s first year, in 2008-09, we won the treble. Barcelona has potential for that.last_img read more