FEATURE: Brazilian coach Bruno Carames looking to spread his samba skills in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:04 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 18 February 2015

Coach Bruno Fialho Carames

Coach Bruno Fialho Carames

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From the bustling metropolis of Brazil's capital city via the USA to WGC, that is the backstory of a football coach bringing a slice of samba to Hertfordshire.

Bruno Fialho Carames, from Brasilia in the mid-South region of the country, is looking to spread the South American footballing enthusiasm.

The Brazilians love for the ‘Beautiful Game’ is a rather-used cliche in the modern era.

From the technically unmatchable sides of 1958, 1962 and 1970 that went on to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy, to the more robust sides, but equally skilful and energetic line-ups that tasted World Cup glory in the 1990s and 2000s, Brazil have made a name for themselves as footballing artisans.

The origins of football allegedly point to an Englishman punting an inflated animal’s bladder down the streets during a mob football encounter in the early 1100s or perhaps even earlier, but it is the Brazilians who re-invented the sport. Another cliche there...

Their confidence certainly took a knock at last summer’s World Cup, a 7-1 semi-final humbling by Germany left the South Americans questioning their methods and what the future holds for the country’s footballing success.

Yet these methods are what excite millions across the world and what many aspire to.

The short-passing, cheeky flicks and acrobatics of the world’s entertainers puts the long ball merchants to shame.

In the 1980s and looking to take their game to the rest of the world, Brazil began a company called TetraBrazil.

Quite simply put, it is playing football the Brazilian way.

The franchise was latched on to by the Americans in the late 90s and it also filtered to the UK.

The Mid Herts region of the company, based in WGG and owned by Neil Males and Emma Day since November 2013, are now teaching around 450 children under the age of 17 how to dazzle the opposition with their South American skills.

And the phenomenon is set to keep on growing in Hertfordshire thanks to original teaching from coaches like Carames.

The 23-year-old, who arrived in England just nine days ago from Brasilia, is the first Brazilian from within the TetraBrazil family to coach children in the UK on a full-time basis.

With surprisingly good English, having spent two months in New England teaching youngsters the Brazilian game, Carames is happy to impart his knowledge across the world.

Carames said: “It is very cold here. Compared to Brazil anyway.

“It is definitely different to Brazil but it is still good.

“I come from the middle society in Brazil so although it is not the best people get in Brazil, it is still better than the poorest of people.

“I graduated from school and wondered what I wanted to do so got in touch with TetraBrazil.

“They are a great business and great at what they do. They can teach anyone of any background or ability the skills of the game.

“I had a good time in the USA. It does not have the same history of the game as you do in England but the kids really wanted to learn and succeed and that makes a coach’s job much easier.”

Despite Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men being humiliated by the Germans on that fateful Thursday night in Belo Horizonte last July, Carames still believes Brazilian is best.

He continued: “We still enjoy playing football and I don’t think that will change.

“It is great to learn on the streets and it doesn’t stop just because you get old. Kids, teenagers, adults all do it.

“We still make it fun and bring an energy to the field and enjoy the football match. We play with a smile on our faces.”

The weather may not be up to Carames’ satisfaction but the young Brazilian is not intent on going back to the land of Pele and Garrincha that soon.

He said: “I would like to move up to becoming a qualified football coach in the future either in London or over in Spain.

“I love working with kids but I would like to work with adults too. It just depends where my career takes me.”

The qualified futsal referee lists predatory marksmen Ronaldo (the former superstar, not the Portuguese playboy) and Romario as his two heroes of the game.

He said: “Ronaldo was always a great player for Brazil and scored loads of goals. Romario used both his feet and scored a tonne of goals as well. They are two players that show the quality that Brazil have.”

Carames will be hoping his guidance can transform the players of WGC into the next Ronaldo or Romario. Let’s hope so for England’s sake Bruno...

n Anyone interested in joining the Mid-Herts TetraBrazil group or one-to-one sessions should go to the company’s website - www.tetrabrazil.co.uk/midherts

Sessions run at Gosling Sports Park or within several of the schools across the Mid Herts region.

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