Boston City FC launched its Brazilian sister club on Monday, October 2, at an exclusive event in Manhuaçu in the state of Minas Gerais.
Owner Renato Valentim and Mayor of Manhuaçu, Cici Magalhaes welcomed 500 guests to an event attended by several dignitaries from throughout the region and from Brazilian soccer, to add their support to the project.
Valentim, who is a partner at the many popular New England-area Tavern In The Square restaurants and is a successful real estate developer, said: “We are celebrating opening a facility that young local soccer players can only dream about. Boston City FC began with a strong vision to expand and create opportunities for young players and we are excited to take the first steps in Brazil to meet our objectives.”
Boston City has strong links to Brazil. The club’s President, Founder and Head Coach Palhinha was a celebrated player with Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro and the famed Brazilian national team. He won two prestigious Copa Libertadores titles and two Club World Cup championships during his career.
Boston City Brasil is building from the ground up, having already selected players between the ages of 13 and 18 from more than 1,000 applicants to enter the academy. The first group of players will now begin a rigorous training and development program under the Boston City FC Brasil banner.
Youth players at Boston City FC Brasil will be developed by Ademir (Youth Team Head Coach), Paulão (Youth Team Head Coach), Castilho (Goalkeeper Coach), Danilo (Physical Trainer) and Jaime (Masseur).
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