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Football academy brings Cruzeiro, Phuket FC, and BIS together

Football academy brings Cruzeiro, Phuket FC, and BIS together

FOOTBALL: The unprecedented partnership between British International School, Phuket FC, and Cruzeiro EC is expected to enhance the football quality of players not only in Phuket but all of Thailand.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Friday 1 November 2013, 12:46PM

In a press conference held at the school's vast campus in Koh Kaew, officials from the Brazilian powerhouse, Phuket FC Chairman Pramuke Atchariyachai, and BIS Headmaster Neil Richards announced the formation of a youth academy on the island that they hope will eventually become a feeder programme to top clubs around the world.

Pedro Moreira, the international business manager for the Brazilian club, said they will scout young local players as well as international talent to bring to the academy, which will be housed in BISP.

From there, the invited players will attend the school while training under the world-class coaching of academy instructor Jonathas Candido – handpicked to lead the programme because of his strong scouting and coaching background with the Brazilian club.

The school will provide an education, meals, and rooms for the players during their time in the youth academy.

Young Phuketians who display massive potential may also be considered for a full scholarship to BISP, Richards said.

Chairman Pramuke, acknowledging the academy's role in building talent on the island, said the two clubs will collaborate to create a strong infrastructure of local football by creating youth leagues and tournaments.

A timetable for the competitions have not been set, though officials say they hope to have them up and running by early 2014.

The Phuket FC Chairman also announced that Manager Stefano “Teco” Cugura has signed on for another year at the club.

Several times throughout the press conference, references were made to American expat Bobby Duchowny's role in bringing Cruzeiro, Phuket FC, and BIS officials together.

Duchowny's sons, Micah and Jonah, participated in a training course at the Brazilian club's youth academy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil earlier this year.

Cruzeiro EC is one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, having won several national titles and are known as the only team to have won the state, league, and national cup in the same year (in Brazil). The club has produced big names such as Dida, Edilson, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo.  

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