Felipe has compiled his own DVD of the best tracks to catch the interest of a second tier club in Brazil Now he’s in the Champions League
Atlético Madrid have faced their fair share of grief in recent years, especially when losing two Champions League finals to their city rivals, but Diego Simeone rebuilt his squad with a core of players freed from emotional baggage of these disappointments
Luis Suárez arrived from Barcelona this summer and has already scored 16 La Liga goals The defense has been equally impressive, conceding just 16 goals in 23 league games Brazilian center-back Felipe has played his part in keeping the ‘tight team at the back He’s come a long way considering that as Suárez scored goals for Ajax in the Champions League, Felipe made a DVD of his best moves to send to a second tier club in Brazil
– Atlético are still fighting to win titles, – says Felipe “We knew we would be strong this year and we improved the things we did wrong last season” this is why we are having a great time in La Liga The Champions League is a little different, because every club is strong enough to win the title, and a mistake here can hurt usâ € ”
Felipe wary of Chelsea threat After stuttering towards the end of Frank Lampard’s tenure, they now look solid under Thomas Tuchel, who hasn’t lost any of his seven games at the head Does the change of manager make Chelsea a more difficult proposition? – I guess that doesn’t make Chelsea any easier to face, – said Felipe They are strong, one of the best in England and we have to watch out for themâ ????
While Chelsea players have become accustomed to the comings and goings of managers, Atlético is a picture of stability There have been nine different managers in Chelsea’s dugout since Simeone took over at Atlético Even though Simeone is now in his 10th year at the club, Felipe thinks he is still their greatest asset – When Simeone asks for something he does it with clarity and that is one of the reasons we do him even more confidence, – he says
â ???? He’s been at the club for many years and has been through the good, the bad and the ugly with Atléti He believes so much in his job and it pays off New players get used to this type of environment quickly so we always try to be up to date We focus on the team, on our guys who want to play every game, and the only other team that we care about is the one we face next Every Atlético player wants to play every game We don’t know if we’ll win the Spanish title, but we have to keep the mentality that we have to make possibleâ € ”
Things weren’t always this easy for Felipe When he celebrated his 18th birthday, he started to think he might not be fulfilling his dream of becoming a footballer He had just started a job for his girlfriend’s mother, delivering mushrooms to restaurants and cafes, and he was still playing São Paulo’s amateur leagues. The life of a Champions League footballer was a long time ago while still competing on astroturf pitches
– I used to get around 50 or 60 reais for each game, â ???? he says When you turn 18 and things haven’t worked out you start to doubt that they will ever change Despite this, I played in the fourth division of Campeonato Paulista for União Mogi and a friend of mine, Bruno, gave me the idea to make a DVD of my best moments I have to thank my friend and his father, Itair, for helping me achieve what I have nowâ ????
Bruno was a striker for Felipe’s club and knew firsthand how talented he was, so he encouraged him to make a 10 minute highlight video Bruno’s dad knew someone with a connection in the game, so he arranged a meeting “I met this man, gave him my DVD and he said,” Go home and wait for me to call you ???? It took him two months to recall I continued to practice on my own, do my exercises and stay in shapeâ ????
To Felipe’s delight, the video made its way to a second tier club in Brazil â € “ My DVD went to Bragantino and coach Marcelo Veiga loved me It was my great opportunity to make my dream come true and I kissed it ???? Felipe signed for Bragantino in 2011 and, after making 33 appearances, he transferred to Corinthians later that year
It was a big step forward and he had to wait for his opportunities early on, but he managed to be part of the squad that traveled to Japan for the Club World Cup in December 2012. Corinthians won the competition, beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final It was the first trophy of his career and the last time a non-European club has won the Club World Cup
After some time on the outskirts of the squad, Felipe’s career was accelerated significantly when current Brazilian manager Tite returned to the Corinthians in 2015 Felipe impressed the manager in the pre-season and Tite rewarded him with a starting place He took his chance, became one of the team leaders and won the Brasileirão title this season.
Porto were suitably impressed and signed him in 2016 He quickly settled in, the shared language helping him bond with his teammates and coaches even if the communication was not always perfect – There was a game against Sporting where I was substituted during the second half and I received a yellow card as soon as I entered the pitch, – said- he laughs ???? The kit man had made a mistake in giving me Tiquinho Soaresâ ???? shirt We were very close â ???? Tiquinho was sitting next to me – and it probably stems from that But the rest of the guys laughed at me for a long time afterwards They said I was in love with Tiquinho for not wanting to let go of his shirtâ ????
Felipe said goodbye to Tiquinho and his Porto teammates in May 2019, when Simeone took him to Madrid on a € 20million deal This tax looks like a good deal now Fearing for his 18th birthday he will not be successful as a footballer, he now plays for Spain’s top team against an English club he has faced in Japan before Football was once a fading dream for Felipe No more
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