Nelsinho Baptista, recognized as the Brazilian coach who spent the most time in Japanese football, is back in Terra do Sol Nascente. According to Estadão, the coach signed a contract with KashiwaReysol, a club where he has spent long seasons. The team is in crisis and hopes that Nelsinho can avoid relegation to the second division, with only two rounds left to the end of the championship.
The long sporting relationship between Japan and Brazil
Japan already has 150 years of Meiji revolution, if you want to consider the period since 1868, when the Japanese decided that Western civilization was superior to their own (at least in technical, material and organizational terms). ) and advanced, first for imitation, and then for direct competition with Europeans and Americans.
Throughout the 20th century, the Japanese incorporated several traditions from the West, with more enthusiasm than other countries in the extreme Asia. Football was undoubtedly one of them.
Everyone will remember the animated series Supercampeões, which was instrumental in the formation of a whole generation of young Japanese people who were involved in the sport adored in Brazil and in the rest of the world. And not just Japanese; recently, it was news that the great Iniesta declared that he loved watching the show as a child. Superchampions presented Brazil as the world center of football, where every Brazilian player would love to play one day, to face the best.
Currently, with the growth of the phenomenon of sports betting, it is hoped that the Japanese may have legal authorization to gamble. Despite the enthusiasm, only a traditional way of betting on football games is still allowed; Japanese people cannot bet online (unlike Brazilians, who can access sites such as apostasbrazil.com.br and find betting platforms based in foreign countries and which, for this reason, can be accessed freely) but they are expected to be able to do it in the future.
Examples of great sports collaboration from Brazil to Japan
Everyone remembers the case of Zico, who ended his football career with Sumitomo Metals, who later became Kashima Antlers. Later he was also a coach for Kashima Antlers and later became a coach in Japan, having achieved considerable success.
As for Nelsinho Baptista himself, he has spent 14 seasons in Japan, in clubs like the already mentioned KashiwaReysol, Verdy Kawazaki or Nagoya Grampus Eight. He won the championship in 1994, 1995 and 2011, as well as several internal cups, and also took Kashiwa Reysol to fourth place in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011.
Another special case is that of Ayrton Senna, who used Honda engines for six Formula 1 seasons between 1987 and 1992. The three-time champion established a very close relationship not only with Honda people (including its founder, Soichiro, who died in 1991 ) but with the Japanese public itself, who always won in their passages on the Suzuka circuit.