Is there nothing that Falcao can’t do? No, not the Colombian sensation that is causing a stir across Europe with his goal scoring exploits, rather the Brazilian Futsal superstar than never fails to impress. Recognised as the best player at both the 2004 and 2008 Futsal World Cups, Falcão helped Brazil reclaim the title in the latter, beating the 2004 champions Spain in the process. Falcao, real name Alessandro Rosa Vieira, has been the star of the Brazilian Futsal team for a while now since impressing selectors of the Futsal national team with his natural ability, close control and finishing during his playing days with Corinthians. So what is Futsal?
Futsal ia a variation of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors. Not to be confused with indoor five a side, the game is played on a harder surface than the five a side version and uses a smaller, heavier ball which means that natural ability, improvisation, creativity and technique such as ball control and passing in small spaces become overly important aspects of the sport. With a focus on technique and close ball control, its unsurprising that Brazil have, to date, been the dominant force in the game. Only more recently have Spain and Italy started to challenge more frequently, with Spain the only other country to have won the FIFA Futsal World Cup since its beginnings in 1989. FIFA now acknowledges Futsal as a sport and has been working closely with the AMF to govern the sport and pull it under its jurisdiction.
For Falcão, Futsal is his life. The 35-year-old is now the most decorated Futsal player of all time with just over 200 games played for Brazil and an even more impressive 339 goals scored. Whilst a talented professional player in the Brazilian league, it was on the Futsal pitch that he has found his spiritual home. Falcão plays not only for Brazil but within a nationally run Brazilian league. It was in a match recently for his club Atletico that Falcão scored possibly the most outrageous goal of his career. In a planned move, Falcão scored a quite unbelievable spinning-backheel-lob free-kick. The goal left the goalkeeper stranded and the opposition players in stunned silence.
Since this video went viral, Falcão left his Futsal boots behind and took to the full size pitch once more in a Match Against Poverty in Porto Alegre, a UN charity game organised by former Brazilian striker Ronaldo and French World Cup winning star, Zinedine Zidane. The match gave Falcão the opportunity to showcase his skills and he even had the chance to perform some keepy ups with current Brazil star Neymar. Falcão, Neymar and Ronaldo eventually ran out as 3-2 winners of the match but for Falcao it was more about the experience than the result.
To watch Falcao’s amazing goal, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEIurdmnT_4