Brazilian FC wins Gothia Cup
Players from Brazilian FC display pride, strength and technical ability during the Gothia Club Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
RANDBURG – Brazilian Football Club’s U15 defeated Runar IL of Norway 3 –1 in the Gothia Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Gothia Cup, the largest youth football tournament in the world provided an opportunity for youngsters to compete against teams from across the world.
1 670 teams from 76 nations participated in the prestigious tournament that took place from 13 to 19 July.
The Brazilian FC players, who emerged victorious in the tournament, hail mainly from Randburg, Johannesburg North and the South.
They played 10 spectacular games in the tournament, they lost one game , drew one and won eight – they scored 25 goals and only conceded five.
According to communication manager Shaun Singh, the Brazilian FC players have, over the last four years, trained and honed their skills under the Brazilian Soccer Schools structure in Randpark Ridge.
Singh explained that the tournament reminded him of the previous world cup. However, the final was a nervous affair – mainly for the parents.
“The boys had a long week of football and we had no idea of what to expect. The atmosphere was electrifying and tense with team of supporters and players anxious to impress,” he added. “The team played with pride, strength and technical ability. They played like they wanted to win for us parents, for South Africa and for themselves.”
Speaking about his experience of the tournament, coach Jamie Burds informed, “It was beautiful being in the world stage, it was us against the world.”
Asked what he did to motivate his players, “I have a good relationship with my boys; it was easy to lead them into the finals and it was amazing to see them win.”
“The experience goes beyond football. This gave the boys a chance just to develop socially and build their emotional maturity…It was an opportunity for them to experience football in Europe and to test the ability against teams from around the world,” he concluded.
Brazilian Football Club's U15 team looks triumphant after they won the Gothia Cup Final on 19 July.