It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in the world Nicaragua, Wales, Australia or, it seems, Canada if the discussion of football happens to arise somebody always pops up with the name of a Brazilian wonder kid about to take over the world.
Leonardo Inojoza was born in, Recife, Brazil, before moving to Canada with his parents as a youngster. There the skillful forward would begin to make a name for himself in the footballing world by attending a number of different training camps and by nailing more than a few titles with his local club in Ontario. The District 8 Championship, Intercity League Championship, Oaksville Tournament Champion and Brantford Tournament Champion are all medals that the 16 year old lists on his own personal web page www.leonardoinojozajr.com.
He also describes himself as an, “attacking midfielder who controls the flow of the team’s offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves that lead to goals. Leo is a talented and creative playmaker with the ability to read the game and making effective reception and distribution of the ball.”
From watching this video you can see where the description comes from. Leo is calm in passion and seems to have a great awareness of what is going on around him. He has vision and the ability to pick out a killer ball but even with those attributes there are doubt in my mind as to how far this kid will go. The opposition in this video are clearly substandard. Leo is rarely pressured, with the pace of the games seeming amazingly low giving him the time he needs to play his neat and tidy passes. And forgive me if I have been misinformed, but for all the youtube videos with their clever flicks and through balls Leo’s name is still missing from the Canadian U17 team. There is no doubt he has great technique but I would just love to this Brazilian roughed up a bit. A stint in Europe or back in Brazil should be high on his list of things to do. Playing at a higher level will let people see just to see how good he really is, which could make or break his entire career. And there is no doubt in my mind that he will be all the better for finding out exactly where his weaknesses still lie.