Rio de Janeiro: Brazil are barking up the wrong tree with the progressive "Europeanization" of their style, former Japanese-Brazilian footballer Sergio Echigo said Friday.
"The way they are at the moment, they are taking a leaf out of the European book -- there's not enough space," complained Echigo, a Brazil-born ethnic Japanese who played for Corinthians in the 1960s before playing in Japan in the early 1970s. (Also read: Van Gaal Gunning for Brazil)
Echigo is best known in Brazilian football as the inventor of the 'elastico' feint in the 1960s, later adopted by World Cup star Rivelino. (Also read: Brazil Playing for Pride)