Brazilian star in the making

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  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003


PETALING JAYA: Local football fans have heard of the famous Carlos Albertos, including a Torres and Parreira, who graced World Cup football for Brazil. 

They will get the opportunity to watch another Carlos Alberto in the Malaysia International Youth Tournament, which will be played at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday and Sunday. 

YOUNG TALENT: Carlos Alberto Gomes de Jesus (right) is being touted as a future regular in the Brazillian national team. The 19-year-old is among the players for the Malaysia International Youth Tournament starting this week.

He is Carlos Alberto Gomes De Jesus. The 19-year-old Fluminense midfielder is said to be the livewire of the Brazilian Under-20 team, who are here for the four-nation tournament as a warm-up for the Youth World Cup, which is scheduled for March 25-April 16 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

The Brazilians were the first to arrive here on Friday and see KL as a lucky stopover before they go to the UAE. Their senior side were also in KL last year and went on to win the World Cup. 

The stocky Carlos wants to achieve hero status too. 

“Thousands of boys back home are competing for places,” said Carlos through interpreter Jorvan Vieira, the FAM youth technical director after a training session at the PKNS ground here. 

“I am lucky that I had my break early and have played alongside Romario in Fluminense. The matches back home are telecast live and that's how I have got recognition and won a place in the national Under-20 squad.” 

The Brazilians, especially Carlos, are set to give the local football fans a treat with their neat footwork and silky skills. 

Like the legendary Torres, who captained Brazil's World Cup winning side in 1970, and Parreira, who was the coach of the 1994 winning team, the young Carlos wants to be part of his country's richest football history. 

Brazil have won the World Cup five times – in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. 

In the tournament in Malaysia, Brazil will play against the Malaysian Under-21 side on Thursday (6pm). The other match is between Portugal and South Korea (9pm). The winners of the matches will contest the final and the losers will playoff for third place on Sunday. 

Tickets have been priced at RM5 (school children), RM10 (free seating) and RM20 (grandstand). Those interested in buying tickets can call Axcess Ticket Hotline at 03-74919999. 

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