Douglas Junior: A Kazakhstan-Brazil closing is my final dream

Douglas Junior: A Kazakhstan-Brazil closing is my final dream

26 Sep 2021Douglas Junior has been probably the most excellent gamers at Lithuania 2021He discusses Kazakhstan’s quarter-final in opposition to IR Iran and title hopesThe defender charges the game’s greatest playersIron Man was the lead character in an earth-shaking 2019 film. Avengers: Endgame, certainly, smashed a number of box-office information and eclipsed Titanic to change into the highest-grossing movie in historical past.

‘Iron Man’ is once more the lead character in 2021, script threatening to shake planet blue. This time, although, the Junior is just not Robert Downey however Douglas; the setting is just not Pinewood Atlanta Studios however Lithuanian courts; the prize is just not theatrical box-office earnings however the FIFA Futsal World Cup™ trophy.
Douglas Junior, one of many excellent performers at Lithuania 2021, chats to about Kazakhstan’s upcoming quarter-final with IR Iran, a possible closing in opposition to his nation of beginning, the forerunners for the adidas Golden Ball and feedback from Captain America Kazakhstan, AKA, Leo Higuita, that Douglas is the most effective participant on the planet. To win 7-0 in a knockout-phase recreation, you have to be very joyful?
Douglas Junior: We’re delighted. Each recreation within the knockout section is de facto, actually troublesome. We watched Japan give Brazil a very troublesome recreation, Vietnam give Russia a very troublesome recreation. We’d performed Thailand twice and got here out victorious, however the World Cup is completely different. Our goal was merely to win, so to play like we did, win 7-0 was wonderful for us. We reached the Spherical of 16 in Colombia. Our pre-tournament goal was to surpass that, so we’ve realised that aim. Now we’ll set ourselves a brand new one.
What do you consider IR Iran?
Iran have confirmed for a very long time that they’re the most effective nationwide groups on the planet. They’re a very powerful aspect and so they have good gamers. Furthermore, they’ve performed collectively for a very long time. We’ve performed them a number of instances and sadly haven’t been in a position to win. We all know it will likely be very troublesome.

Can Kazakhstan win Lithuania 2021?
That’s the dream. It will be one of many greatest shocks in futsal historical past. However we’ve produced some excellent outcomes, we obtained to the EURO semi-finals. We all know what we’re able to. It will be a giant shock for the futsal world, however it wouldn’t be a shock for us. We’d like to do it for the Kazakh individuals as a result of they’re unimaginable.
Are you able to inform us about their ardour for futsal?
You heard them, proper? (laughs) Futsal has grown such as you wouldn’t consider in Kazakhstan. When Kairat play at house, the world is all the time packed out. 13,000, 15,000 followers. The Kazakh individuals are maybe much more obsessed with futsal than soccer. The Kazakh followers right here have been unbelievable. We hear them screaming and it actually motivates us. The noise they make is one thing else!

Who do you assume are the forerunners for the adidas Golden Ball?
Pito. He’s so full. He can dribble, mark, rating targets. He has unimaginable high quality. However I feel he’s solely simply in entrance. Higuita is having an impressive World Cup, he’s been flawless. Then you’ve got Ferrao. He’s already scored seven targets. I feel these three are the forerunners.Ferrao continues dazzling, however for me Douglas is the most effective participant on the planet. He’s the most effective defender and probably the most full participant on the planet no doubt. He has completely every part.Leo Higuita
Higuita advised us he believes you’re the greatest participant on the planet…
Higuita’s pushed me on a lot. We’ve been by a lot collectively, good and unhealthy. Higuita is a brother for me who I’ll know for the remainder of my life. I used to be very grateful for his phrases, I’m very pleased with my stage of play, however I desire to go away these debates to the media. I feel the most effective participant on the planet is between Ferrao, who’s received the award the final two years, Pito and Higuita’s up there. I don’t assume I’m up there. Proper now, I feel Pito is the most effective participant on the planet. I think about myself a easy participant who offers his all for the staff.

How do you mark Ferrao?
I’ve performed in opposition to him a number of instances. I’ve come out on prime a few instances, we’ve ended up successful, however we misplaced the final match within the semi-finals of the Champions League. He’s so robust bodily. However I like developing in opposition to pivots like Ferrao. I get caught in, he will get caught in, and I feel enjoying in opposition to this normal and kind of participant brings out the most effective in me.

What do you consider Higuita?
Sensational, skilled, an instance. I’ve been with him for eight years. You received’t discover anybody who works tougher. His mindset is, ‘You don’t conquer something with out working exhausting’. For me, with no shadow of a doubt, he’s the most effective goalkeeper in historical past.
What do you consider your nickname?
(laughs) Higuita began calling me ‘Iron Man’. It caught on. All my pals from Brazil and the entire world beginning calling me it. I feel it’s humorous, I prefer it. After I go house it’s ‘Iron Man’ this, ‘Iron Man’ that.

Who would individuals from Guamare help if Kazakhstan play Brazil?
I say this with completely little question: my metropolis, Guamare, would help Kazakhstan. I’ve little question about this (laughs). Everyone is sending me messages: ‘It’s going to be a Kazakhstan-Brazil’ closing. Everyone seems to be saying this. Guamare would change into Kazakh for a day if this occurs!

Do you concentrate on particularly enjoying Brazil within the closing?
It’s my final dream. To play in opposition to the Brazilian nationwide staff in a World Cup closing… wow, it will be the best second of my profession. It’s the dream of all Kazakhs. Everybody is aware of what Brazil imply to this sport. For me much more so. After all I’m totally centered on our quarter-final, however I can’t conceal {that a} Kazakhstan-Brazil closing is one thing I dream about.

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