Whilst England struggle for strength in depth at right-back, those little swats Brazil boast two of the best in the world. These are, of course, Daniel Alves and Maicon; let’s take a look at the latter, the marauding Maicon.
Born in Novo Hamburgo, Douglas Maicon Sisenando (or Maicon Douglas Sisenando, or let’s just stick to Maicon, yeah) moved to Monaco in 2004 before Inter Milan snapped him up in 2006. Becoming a firm fixture at the San Siro, and dominating the right-flank, he formed a vital part of this year’s triumphant Champions League side.
Strong, fast, fierce in the tackle, talented going forward and dynamic on the ball; Maicon is possibly the best right-back in the world (if Carlsberg made right-backs).
Indeed, attackingly for Inter he has been a vivid and vibrant outlet, scoring six league goals this season and providing for many more, but he is also very sturdy defensively.
Hence, he has secured his place as Dunga’s first choice right-back in a defence rapidly, and surprisingly, becoming the key feature of this Brazil side.
He is now reportedly a central transfer target for Mourinho’s Real Madrid and Mancini at Man City. However, having missed out on the World Cup 2006, and now at 28-years-old, Maicon will be firmly focused on adding another trophy to his glittering cabinet, securing his place at the summit of the game and guiding Brazil to a sixth World Cup success; makes you sick doesn’t it, actually makes you want to vomit.
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