As the world gets ready to soak in the excitement of the World Cup which begins in Brazil on June 12, children in Maharashtra can now learn the Samba style soccer at the Indian Football School (IFS) from July.
Roberto Mendes da Silva (Beto) and Jose Ramirez Barretto (right) at Cooperage. Pic/Suresh KK
IFS, which runs at the Cooperage Stadium and Andheri Sports Complex have entered into a technical partnership with Brasil Futebol Academia (BFA) — a brainchild of Brazilian footballers Roberto Mendes da Silva (Beto) and Jose Ramirez Barretto. The BFA will add technical expertise and provide an opportunity to train in the BFA curriculum and learn from Brazilian philosophy.
To be oneself
Beto, a Dempo player, who was seen indulging in a training session with kids at the Cooperage yesterday evening said: "We will provide them the best training to become professional players. We are here not just to ensure development but give our best to see them play at the professional level.
Our aim is to see them play for the national team. I have told the kids 'don't dream of becoming a (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi but try to be yourself.' I have played in India for over a decade and this way I can give something back to the country."