Pacey Performance Podcast

Real-world training load monitoring and winning the World Cup with Guilherme Passos (Sports Scientist for the Brazilian National Football Team)

October 22, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Sports Scientist at the Brazilian National Team, Guilherme Passos. It was an absolute pleasure to get the sports scientist on from one of, if not the biggest footballing nations in the world. Guilherme was recommended to me by Alan McCall at Arsenal who has been a huge help with getting some great guests on the podcast over the last few years. Gui has published a number of research articles looking at movement patterns and activity profiles of elite football players in Brazil which can be found here. If you're interested in understanding how the best, most recognisable nations in the world implement sports science, this episode is for you.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Guilherme Passos (background, education and current role)?
  • Real-world monitoring with a national team
    • What matters before and during tournaments
    • Tracking players all over the world in between tournaments
    • Subjectives
  • Working in a culture where technical aspects are so highly regarded
    • Differences in demands across countries and continents
  • Layering data
    • What other data is meaningful in a national team environment?
    • How does all the data interact to allow you to make decisions?

Guilherme can be found on Twitter @guipassosramos

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This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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