31 January 2012

[Barça B] Rafinha, personal brand

He began as the son of Mazinho, passed by the brother of Thiago and has carved out a name in the Liga Adelante.
He joined Barça with 13 years as a midfielder and Oscar Garcia relocated to false nine in juvenil.


Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento (Sao Paulo, 12/2/1993) became known for being the son of Mazinho midfielder world champion with Brazil in 1994 who played for Valencia and Celta. Then it was the brother of Thiago Blaugrana in the quarry and has now won be Rafinha, the name chosen last season, when he debuted with the reserves of Barca being young. With 30, Rafinha opened against Girona. T on the outside and warm over medium to medium. It seemed very nervous.

Entered in La Masia at 13 . Dazzle in midfield, although initially overshadowed his brother. But his father warned: "Rafa is better than Thiago, most hardworking and defensive." And so it should add their individual skills, speed and arrival. Oscar Garcia relocated it in the Juvenil A false '9' last season. Together with other young hopefuls as Deulofeu or Espinosa, swelled to score goals.

He won the treble (League, Champions League and Copa del Rey) and Luis Enrique took the subsidiary, where he met Thiago, who was somewhere between B and the first team. In his first season in the reserves played nine times, scored just over 400 minutes in the Liga Adelante and was released as a scorer. With 17 years.

Wenger's Arsenal wanted to include in Operation Cesc and even speculated on a possible interest from Real Madrid. But Rafinha and was left out last November extended his contract until 2014 . Guardiola is confident he sees him as a striker for the future and already has made ​​two first team appearances for his Cup debut at the Hospi and then as a starter in front Champions Bate Borisov , where he played with Thiago at the Camp Nou, thereby fulfilling one of his dreams.

It was just an appetizer. The Alcantara still dreaming together lead Barca in the future. For now, Thiago is already lodged in the first team. Rafinha aims. (via MD)