The Aussie kid bidding to make it big in Brazil

Former Australia youth international Caio De Godoy is attempting to do what no Aussie kid has accomplished before - breaking out of Brazil into Europe.

Caio De Godoy

Caio De Godoy Source: Caio De Godoy - Facebook

The 19-year-old - once on the books of Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets - joined Atibaia Futebul Clube in March, and acknowledges he is taking a tough road to the top in one of football's hotbeds of talent.

While Brazil has given Australia the likes of Fred, Juninho, Romario, Gui Finkler and Bobo, Australian exports in the other direction are unheard of.

De Godoy, who grew up in Australia but has Portuguese and Brazilian roots, is out to change all that as he completes his apprenticeship on the outskirts of São Paulo.

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A defender who likes to play out for the back, the ex-Joey who graduated from the NSW Institute of Sport knows he has a long road ahead as he battles to get noticed in Atibaia's Under-20 team, who compete in Group 3 of Brazil's state-based Classificacao.

"It's very different here," said Godoy, who also trains regularly with the senior team.

"Here you train two or three sessions a day and it's very technical.

"I came to learn a different kind of football and I'm giving it my best shot.

"I'm hoping to make an impression here and use that to get a club in Europe.

"Brazil is a country with a big history in football and this is an opportunity for me.

"I need a good season or two here to do that, and maybe I can sign for a bigger club in Brazil, and you never know where that can lead and what doors might open from there.

"I came here because Brazil has a bigger vision in Europe than the A-League."

De Godoy, who trained with the Jets first team at 16, is convinced that heading into the furnace of Brazilian football will provide the perfect finishing school.

"I thought I was missing certain areas of my game," he admitted.

"And I think this is the place to improve the technical side, whereas Australia is more about the running and the physical side of things.

"When you compere the players of the same age, or younger, here and in Australia, there are even some 15 and 16-year-olds who are absolute incredible here ... they're freaks."

If De Godoy is looking for any omens, he has signed with the same agency as the great Dani Alves.



Asked to assess his style, he said: "I like to keep it on the floor and not just pump it forward."

The cultural differences of returning to a country his family left, when he was aged four, are pronounced.

"They and obsessed with football here. When you walk out on the street and you count 10 people, all 10 have at least tried to play football professionally or are still trying to," De Godoy said.

"There are a lot of people who don't make it, despite having great talent."


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Published 10 August 2017 at 7:56pm
By Dave Lewis