As the South American U-20 Championship enters its final stretch, another of the most interesting tournaments for the scouting world is the Copinha. Although this competition has a lesser following due to the mix of players of very different ages (the tournament is U-23, although players of 15 or 16 years of age are often present), the presence of big stars has turned this competition into a recurring event for discovering future talents.
From the outset, Isaac Rodrigues was one of the most outstanding players at the Copinha, mainly because of his ability to dribble and find technical solutions instinctively. A lot of dribbling, driving and change of pace, showing the inexhaustible capacity of Brazilian football to produce profiles like Isaac. A player who at Fluminense had the freedom to receive even in his own half and cross the divide.
Another player with a knack for dribbling and the final pass is Adyson of America Mineiro, the team that played in the final against Palmeiras. In the 737 minutes he played in the tournament he was among the best players in the Copinha in key passes, passes into the box and expected assists. A player with technical skills well above the tournament average.
A player best known to the general public for being the youngest player in Flamengo’s history to score a goal for the first team, he also made a great impression in the Copinha, a competition he left to join Vitor Pereira’s first team. While ‘Fla‘ enjoys Matheus França is already imagining his replacement with Lorran. In just 174 minutes he completed 13 dribbles. A player with very important physical potential even though he is two years under 18 years old.
The MVP of the competition was Kevin, champion with Palmeiras, an extraordinarily complete player, who scored one of the best goals of the tournament. Technically fantastic, with a determination unbefitting his age, he was discovered by Palmeiras in the 2020 Copinha, when he played for Desportivo Brasil as an U-17 player. His superiority over the rest is reflected in our performance radar, where he excels in almost every parameter chosen for the position. Right-footed, very agile in all kinds of technical actions with the ball at his feet.
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