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Why can't Barcelona keep their Brazilians?

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Barcelona's long history includes more than 30 Brazilian players turning out for the club stretching back to the 1930's.  Fausto dos Santos and Jaguare were the first, arriving on a season-long loan deal from Vasco da Gama. More Samba stars appeared regularly. This summer, Arthur and Malcom joined from Gremio and Bordeaux. 

There were some disasters along the way, as well as success stories. Many Selecao greats contributed to the Barcelona cause during their time. In recent seasons, though, it seems Barcelona are struggling to hold onto their Brazilians. Is there a reason why this is happening? Is it coincidence? Are there any exceptions to the pattern? Let's look at several cases to see if there's a pattern.

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Gerry Johnston

I am a 33-year-old sports writer from Ireland who enjoys watching European football. My main focus is La Liga, but I do keep a close eye on all of the major leagues throughout the world.


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