Soccer Training in Brazil 2012

So I am so humbled by my 2012 trip to Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  Everytime I come to this place I fall more and more in love with the country, it’s people and culture.Economically it is a very poor country.  I spent time at Rio 2016 which is a governmental run soccer program to keep kids off the streets.  They have funded two turf soccer fields and created a free after school program in the middle of what we would call the ghetto in America.

Soccer fields surrounded by run down shanties.  Some with electricity, but most without any type of running water and sewer system.  They call them Favelas here.

The ironic thing is that I don’t fear my life.  I don’t fear being shot or robbed.  The Brazilian Police won’t even drive through these neighborhoods because they probably wouldn’t make it out unscaved.

If I had one thing that made my trip worth it, it was when 30 of the little Brazilian Kids ran up to me after playing, sat in a circle and all shook my hand.  It was the closest thing to celebrity for me in my lifetime.  “Fala Jaou, fala Chrisitana, fala….” Is what they kept asking me.  Fala is Portuguese for speak and they wanted to hear how I pronounced each of their names.  They thought it was so cool.

I have met some really prominent people on this trip which I will name at another time.  One is a Brazilian Futsal Legend and World Cup winner.  One is the former coach of the Qatar National Soccer team and the Brazilian U15/17 National Soccer Teams.  Another has been Technical Director at some of the best clubs in Rio to include Flamengo and Fluminense.

A world class name you might recognize playing today from Flamengo is Marcelo.  He plays left back for Real Madrid and the Brazilian National Team.  A prominent name you will know from Fluminense is Rafael.  He plays left back for Manchester United and the Brazilian National team.  Both of these players were on the Brazilian Silver Medal Olympic team in London 2012 this month.

The only reason I say this is because these coaches I have met are the real deal.  They are the ones that have helped develop these great soccer systems that have created these world class players.  They are the type of people that you could really accept their arrogance because they have accomplished so much.  But it isn’t that way.  They are the most humble and down to earth guys in the world.  They will give you the shirt off their back.

In the United States things are so much different.  Coaches with 1/3 the credentials are arrogant.  Coaches that carry their A licenses and are Directors of clubs are arrogant know it alls.  It just really humbles me to sit back and learn from these Brazilian greats.  As I have been humbled yet again, I have also been strengthened in my beliefs, systems and approaches.  I know what I do works.  I have put my ego aside and entrusted some of the best around the world to help mentor and mold me.  There is no equivalent soccer license in America that can give me the knowledge and expertise that I have achieved from all of my visits to Brazil.

So yet I continue to move on under the radar.  I hold strong in the fact that I have received my last US Soccer Federation Soccer License, the National D and will continue to educate myself and my soccer knowledge with the best in the world; realizing that no one in the US Federation will ever take me seriously.  Those with A and B licenses will look down on me.  But I also know that those are the egos that are going to hold them back while I continue to drive forward.  If being a world class Brazilian Player, Coaching World Class Brazilian players and holding high profile Brazilian Coaching jobs doesn’t carry and ego in Brazil, then who in the hell do I or any other American coach think they are to carry one for any reason here in the US.

Coach Randle

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