Seedorf: More discipline in Europe compared to Brazil
Clarence Seedorf believes there are significant differences between the style of play in Brazil and Europe.
The 37 year-old has been playing in the Brasileirão with Botafogo for just over a year. He has quickly adapted to life in South America and become a key player under coach Oswaldo de Oliveira.
Seedorf has noted the relaxed style Brazilian football adopts, compared to that seen in Europe, with a greater focus on individual talent.
The difference is the discipline, the level of tactical application,” he told FIFA.com.
“There’s much more discipline in Europe than here, while here’s there’s much more raw talent – more individual quality. Not that I’m saying over there [in Europe] they don’t have quality or that here they’re not tactical.”
The former Dutch international also admitted the amount of travelling and changes of climate can be quite draining, with Brazil such a vast country.
“When you live and play in Europe you won’t spend more than four hours travelling to games, and that's in the Champions League,” Seedorf continued.
“When you play domestically you probably won’t spend more than an hour and a half travelling.
“The travelling here is longer. From Porto Alegre to Bahia it’s four-and-a-half hours. The logistical side of things is really tough. Even the difference in climate between the north and south of the country has an impact. These are the biggest challenges when it comes to adapting [to Brazilian football].”
Botafogo are currently 3rd in the Brasileirão, after a run of three defeats in a row. Seedorf has featured 21 times this season, contributing five goals and seven assists.