Anápolis (GO) -
Playing for almost seven years in Russian futsal, forward Pula is experiencing a special moment in his career. As everybody knows, he was the top scorer of the Futsal World Cup in 2008, with 16 goals. Now in 2010, destiny brought Pula to Brazil to once again win the golden boot, this time in the Grand Prix 2010, with 11 goals scored.
Pula confesses that it is different to play in Brazil. Even though his team did not get a good result (Russia finished in ninth, after having a bad first round and failing to qualify for the quarters), he finished the tournament as top scorer.
Applauded by the fans present in the UniEvangélica gymnasium, in Anápolis, Pula managed something not previously seen: make the Brazilian fan cheer for Russia in the Grand Prix. Actually, the fans in Anápolis did not so much cheer for the Russians, but more specifically for Pula.
On the announcement of the names of the athletes at the beginning of the matches, when the name of the Brazilian athlete was announced, cheers were heard around the gymnasium. Every time he touched the ball, a feeling of excitement could be felt. Every play that failed, sighs from the crowd could be heard. When the goals came, the sound increased until the crowd could be heard screaming his nickname.
At the end of each game, the forward was surrounded by various fans, which supported him on the stands in search for an autograph of their new idol. Pula, as patient as one can be, answered everyone, with a smile on his face. The crowd, happy, congratulated him on his goals and performances.
This got to Pula, for many years playing in Russia, the defender misses the warmth of the Brazilian fans. “It is different. Very different. Playing in Brazil, with the crowd on your side, touches every athlete. For me, a Brazilian, is even very emotional”, said the player.
The athlete’s contract with Dynamo Yamal Moscow ends in the middle of next year. He reveals that he has three offers to analyze. One of them is from Russian futsal. The other one is from Spain and the third from a Brazilian team. “I will have time to choose, but it will be great to play in Brazilian futsal once again.”