Gabriel Menino is a famous soccer player whose career has spanned four decades in the game. As a professional player, Menino has represented both Brazil and England. He was even part of the Brazilian national team that won the 1998 World Cup. Gabriel Menino’s fame came about because of his impressive on the field skills, but also because of his many charitable works in the community. He served as an instructor at a Brazilian high school for more than 20 years before taking up football coaching. In fact, he coached the youth and underprivileged side for the betterment of his students.
Gabriel Menino started playing soccer when he was only eight years old, receiving a penalty kick in the center circle in a soccer game. Though he was not particularly adept, he began playing football and soon made his first contact with the sport when he was handed a football by his coach. It was not until the age of ten that he received his first soccer ball, which he used to score a goal against his school. After this auspicious beginning, Gabriel Menino joined the prestigious youth academy run by FC Barcelona, where he trained alongside other promising young players. During his time in the academy, Gabriel Menino formed a good relationship with FC Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregues, whom he would later sign up for the Brazilian national team later on.
Gabriel Menino moved to Argentina to join Flamengo, which was then considered among the finest teams in South America. He spent three years at the club, where he established himself as a key attacking player. Flamengo were then relegated to the top division of Brazilian football, and Gabriel Menino moved back to Europe, joining Italian giants Inter Milan. This is when the new name of Gabriel Menino was chosen, and his move to Italy was completed in the summer of 1994.
Gabriel Menino’s first appearance for Inter Milan came as a substitute for striker Mario Balotelli, who went off injured. Menino impressed the coach with his energy, passing skills and goalscoring abilities, and Inter Milan duly announced the signing of their exciting young midfielder. Unfortunately, however, the move failed to generate any interest from clubs across Europe, and Gabriel returned to Brazil, to join arch rivals FC Barcelona. However, the young Brazilian did not become content with just one career in Europe and signed for another top flight side in the newly-formed Argentinean team, Teteru Southamerica.
Gabriel Menino made a fine debut in the Argentinean first team, helping the side to qualification for the FIFA World Cup. Despite qualifying for the group stages, the Argentinian giants were eventually knocked out at the semi-finals by eventual winners Portugal. Despite the disappointment of missing out on the finals, Menino showed glimpses of his ability on his return and impressed the coach again, being named as the tournament most versatile player. After a season away on international duty, Menino returned to Teteru Southamerica, where he was given his deserved chance at a central midfielder role, and impressed again, helping the club to reach the quarter-finals of the Brazilian cup. The versatile midfielder has since impressed fans in Brazil with his displays, and now looks set to feature at a pivotal position for Brazil against England in March.
Gabriel Menino’s versatility is one of the biggest attractions to look out for in a central midfielder, and at the ripe age of 23, Menino already has seven caps for the Brazil side. While there have been some suggestions that his transfer fee is too high, the performances of Gabriel Menino in the past few months have convinced the board of directors that he is worth every penny. A right back is one of the more difficult positions to learn, but Menino seems to have made considerable progress, and looks set to be an important part of Brazil’s team for years to come. As well as featuring in all of Brazil’s matches, Menino has also been given his own teaching role with the under-age academy team, giving him valuable experience in the pressures and demands placed on young footballers. In many ways, Gabriel Menino is emerging as a much-loved footballing youth icon, who deserves the recognition afforded to him by the club and country he plays for.