Henrique Pinto who weighed in with 11. Serbia captain Aleksandar
Atanasijevic led his team brilliantly with 25 points, but it wasn’t
enough to get past a rampant host nation.
“The game was very difficult, as we imagined, but we were prepared
technically, tactically and we worked hard. It was a big victory,”
Brazil coach Roberley Leonaldo said. “The rebuilding of the Brazilian
team is continuous, it’s not always obvious and it’s always a job done
working with young players alongside the principal team, training
together and playing competitions that the principal team wouldn’t
play. This [U23] competition showed this work.”
Russia did manage to hold off Bulgaria in the bronze medal match
with a 3-1 win and coach Sergei Shliapnikov is now looking to how
his charges can help carry on Russia’s senior team’s remarkable run of
success at senior level.
“This bronze medal is good for the team,” he said. “We had some
problems building up this squad, as three players stayed in Russia.
Some of our players here might even make it to the senior team after
Arena Sabiazinho in Uberlandia was a sea of yellow as Brazil won gold
Kenya were one of the developing nations to benefit from the 20-team
Uberlandia, Brazil, October 6-13
Tijuana, Mexicali, Mexico, October 5-12