Marcelo Viera wrote his last chapter as a Real Madrid player by winning the club’s 14th UEFA Champions League. The Brazilian has left what has been his home for more than 15 years, with a total of 25 titles to his name – becoming the player with the most trophies won at Madrid.

Although his role in the squad in recent seasons has not been the same as in the past, his absence will be felt considerably, as few players in the current squad, and especially his ‘theoretical’ replacement, Ferland Mendy, lack the same magic with the feet that the attacking full back possesses.

For this reason, at the MBP School of Coaches, we want to pay full tribute to Marcelo’s spectacular career at Real Madrid, explaining all the aspects of the game in which the Brazilian star has excelled in.



Since his early days at Los Blancos, Marcelo, through his socio-affective structure, displayed a strong associative capacity with the players around him, especially with the winger on his side. The constellation he generated with Cristiano Ronaldo was scintillating. The great rapport between the two on the pitch managed to multiply the individual performances of both, and in turn, of the team.

The Brazilian has always understood the importance of respecting the zone of action of the closest players around him, directing his movements towards other areas of the field, thus generating advantageous situations for his teammates and even for himself.

In addition, thanks to his associative capacity previously mentioned, Marcelo has been a key player in the build up of the team. Not only because of his ability to interact with his teammates, but also because of his individual qualities resulting from his coordination structure, which allowed him to successfully solve situations of intense pressure from opposing teams.

This technical ability of the Brazilian has not only been evident in the build up, but also in the moments of construction and even in the finishing zone. We all remember the brilliant individual action he performed in the Lisbon final against Atlético de Madrid, scoring the third goal of the game with a classy mid-range shot.

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Marcelo Real Madrid 15 años Champions 2

After highlighting the structures that have stood out the most in the carioca player’s time in the capital, let’s delve into his most common tactical behaviors.

The first individual fundamental (IFP) that we want to focus on refers to one of the fullback’s: ‘Being Positioned On A Different Vertical Line To The Winger To Create Space Inside/Outside’. Marcelo, besides excelling in the technical aspect, has also shown to have a great tactical reading of the play.

In moments of dynamic build up and progression, Real Madrid’s No. 12 was always capable in always positioning himself perfectly, whether it was in maximum width to generate space inside, or in the inside channel to open up a direct passing line to the winger.

The second most frequently used IFP was that of ‘Incorporation Into The Finishing Zone From The Creation Of Space Inside The Same Wing’. Thanks to the application of this fundamental, Marcelo was able to help his team in moments of attacking the final 3rd and in finishing. 

His involvement in more advanced areas of the pitch, together with his excellent associative capacity, was a differential factor for Madrid, since on many occasions, his presence in these sectors of the field helped to obtain numerical superiority, or even qualitative advantages through his coordination capacity.

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Marcelo Real Madrid 15 años Champions 4


Marcelo Viera’s playing career at Real Madrid has been glittering. His technical skills, his tactical ability, together with his charisma and likeability, have forged a place in the hearts of all Madrid fans.

At the MBP School of Coaches, we wish him the best of luck in his next chapter. We are sure he still has a lot more to offer to fans around the world.


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