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There are 50 days to the IberCup Tournament in Porto Alegre, and we interviewed the owner and coach Leandro Tavares. He talked about the importance of school performance, the competitive categories of the youth teams and the participation of his team in Porto Alegre 2020. 

1# How many years have you been a coach? What about this team?
For 11 years, but of this team since 2012.

2# Why did you choose to be a soccer/football coach? Why youth soccer/football?
For the passion for the sport and for teaching! To pass on the experience acquired as an athlete.

3# What is your biggest dream as a coach?
See the athletes trained in our academy achieving their dreams!

4# What is most difficult for you: to educate players or parents? Why?
No doubt, educate parents. Unfortunately, for the lack of respect, for the excesses in the conduction of children's dreams. 

5# How important is it for you to reconcile your studies with your workouts? Does your club somehow help athletes in this regard?
The study is the largest contributor to the athlete's development (mental, ethical, disciplinary and behavioral). I believe that the athlete needs to understand that football is played for a short time (the athlete's life ends around 35 years). We always encourage and value school performance.

6# Which professional athlete would you like to introduce to your players? What is the reason?
Kaká! For the professionalism and respect to sport.

7# What do you think about the competitive system in the younger categories in Brazil? What would change?
I am totally against the competitive system in the formations. I would value more the fair play, collectivity, ethics and good ways of athletes and managers.

8# How did you discover IberCup and in how many editions did you participate?
It was introduced to me by a comercial manager (Márcio). We participated in an edition, in São Paulo, 2019.

9# What did you enjoy most during the tournaments and what do you think we can improve?
I liked the technical level and I think they should improve the structure, maybe on the fields.

10# Do you consider it a useful experience for young athletes to travel abroad and play against teams from all over the world?
I think this experience is valid... it gives athletes the chance to get to know new game cultures.

11# What would you say to a coach who wants to come to IberCup?
It's worth the experience!

12# Which IberCup tournament did you like best? Why?
São Paulo, we only played this one. In January 2020 we will participate in Porto Alegre.

13# What are your expectations for the next editions of IberCup?
Very good!! I believe that we will have more opportunities in Brazil and abroad.


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IberCup is preparing for a new season of 2020 and, as always, with lots of news. To do this, we interviewed some coaches, from around the world to tell you a little about your personal history, your club and a relationship with IberCup Tournaments.

Douglas Rodrigues, 33-year-old coach of the School of Futsal and Soccer Brazil F.C.

1# How old have you been a coach? What about this team?
I teach for 12 years and work in Brazil F.C for 4 years.

2# Why choose the soccer coach? Why youth football?
I decided to work as a teacher, first for the love of the sport, for practicing and also for coming from a family of Futsal managers and coaches. I identify a lot with children and I like to observe and follow their development in general, both technical and social.

3# What is your biggest dream as a coach?
It can make every child who uses a football tool bring the positive values ​​that sports provide to life, seeing them growing great threats and the benefits of good!

4# Which is harder for you: educating players or parents? Because?
I always say that children are more things in life, exactly what they live and learn. Of course, raising parents' awareness becomes the most difficult role. Open their vision about sports initiation #and its benefits a bit and not just "be the best soccer player at any cost."

5 What is the importance for you to know the studies with the training? Does your club help athletes in this way?
Believing that Football, especially in Brazil, is an education tool. In our club, the "Adding Values" part, with a specialist in sports psychology, addresses a value bimonthly, for example: respect, cooperation, responsibility and etc ...

6# Which professional athlete would you like to introduce to your players? What is the reason?
If I have the opportunity to introduce the Cafu, I think the captain of the World Penta in Brazil was an example of overcoming and dedication. So much so, he got where he arrived!

7# What do you think about competitive staff in the youngest categories in Brazil? What would change?
Unfortunately, sports initiation in Brazil is still very outdated. "Teachers", who are actually coaches, who believe that the result is any cost yet, are a solution for the development of the little ones. When entering a result at any cost, type: Cursing refereeing, adulterating age, searching for the strongest children, inappropriate games, etc. The best thing to do is a developmental idea. Regardless of results or "achievements", and increasingly adapt to competitions thinking exclusively of children and not adults.

8# How did IberCup detect and how many editions were registered?
I found out about IberCup through a friend teacher who took his school and eventually referred me to a competition. We are now going to January 2020 for our 3rd edition and with more and more categories.

9# What did you enjoy most during tournaments and what do you think could improve?
I really like the 7v7 game model with a large field dimension. One structure that IberCup always offers is the best quality. Which would seriously suggest attention to rules that are not so clear, some may become other things, and others arbitrary.

10# Do you consider it a useful experience for young athletes to travel abroad and play against equipment from around the world?
No doubt this exchange of cultures is very important, as social is very important for small development.

11# What is the direction of the coach you want to come to IberCup?
DR: Why haven't you come yet? (Laughs).

12# Which IberCup tournament did you like best? Because?
DR: I only played in two editions, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre and they both please me very much. Believe Porto Alegre is the best because it includes the structure of the fields.

13# What is the expectation for the next years in IberCup?
DR: The expectation is that the event will grow and grow. So that all children can go through this amazing experience that is IberCup! The real amusement park of football!

Chivas Guadalaraja is already to go to Porto Alegre for the second consecutive time. The Mexican club joins the biggest clubs in South America to compete in the largest youth tournament in the world.

The team have participated in the IberCup tournaments several times and have a good record. Chivas won titles and was the last participation, reaching the final against Grêmio, where they lost for home team. The team comes even more motivated and exciting to win the greatest triumph.

With this confirmation, the club will be in Brazil with best teams on the world: Juventus, Grêmio, Palmeiras, Corinthians, Athletico-PR, Philadelphia Union e Dinamo Kharkiv. 

The competition will be in Porto Alegre, from January 20th to 26th, at CT do Grêmio.

To register, click here.


A categoria dos 2009 (Sub-11) da Juventus está confirmada para o IberCup Brasil e a expectativa do filho de Cristiano Ronaldo jogar é grande. Isso porque o menino, que segue os passos do pai, tem 10 anos e sempre jogou uma categoria acima. Podendo assim, vir a participar do torneio que será realizado no início do ano que vem. 

O gerente da base da Juventus, Massimiliano Scaglia comentou sobre as expectativas para o campeonato: Será uma ótima experiência para os nossos jogadores, especialmente porque muitos deles, provavelmente, jamais visitaram o Brasil. Será uma boa forma de comparar diferentes estilos, filosofias e metodologias.

Nesta próxima edição teremos categorias dos Sub-8 até os Sub-13, sendo uma delas feminina (Sub-13). Os jogos serão realizados no CT do Grêmio do dia 20 ao 26 de Janeiro. 

E se você não quer perder essa chance única de competir com as melhores equipes do mundo clique aqui. 

Dynamo Kharkiv (UKR) on categorie of 2008 (Cat D) is already confirmed for the Qualifier Cup Brasil in January. Is your team registered yet?
Register your team here.