The Chance - Mano Menezes' First Find
The Chance search hits the samba nation, birth place of some of the games most naturally gifted footballers, as Brazil national team manager Mano Menezes looks to discover the talent of the future in this latest Nike video...
We've already seen Pep Guardiola, Rio Ferdinand and Laurent Blanc with their First Finds. As Nike's extensive global scouting network continues to unearth the planet's best unsigned footballing talent, Mano Menezes is next in line to select his first entrant into the national finals.
A man who knows talent when he sees it, Menezes is spoilt when it comes to the Brazilian national team. But when he recently made a side-line appearance at a local match where each player was eager to display their skills, which player was it that caught his eye and won the opportunity of a lifetime.
Of the 100 players who are chosen for each national final, 3 will progress to the global finals in Barcelona where 16 unsigned athletes will be selected to form an elite squad that will travel the globe, training with the world's best professional teams and playing against the most prestigious academy sides.
The Chance has an impressive track record - two of last year s winners, Tobi Amokeodo and Titi Accam are playing full-time in the Premier League-affiliated Nike Academy, whilst a third, Tom Rogic, has recently signed a contract with Central Coast Mariners, an Australian A-League club.
The players joining Menezes' 'First Find' in the Brazil finals will be chosen by a nationwide network of scouts with the help of The Chance Facebook app. This will allow teams to enrol themselves on a shortlist and those that generate the most Facebook activity will be given a chance to progress further.
Do you have the hunger and the talent to succeed? Mano Menezes has made his first selection. Who's next? Think you have what it takes? Sign up http://go.nike.com/The_Chance