Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
American GM Leads Dutch Team to Brink of Promotion
Washington Post, May 27th, 2009 2:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

SC Cambuur, a Dutch club managed by Bethesda, Md., native Alex Pama, is close to gaining promotion to the Eredivise and playing in the Netherlands' top flight for the first time in nine years, reports Steven Goff of the Washington Post. Pama, who moved to the Netherlands with his family at age 5, returned to America to coach youth soccer programs in Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia. He was preparing to give up soccer and enter the corporate world when, through a former player in the Netherlands, he was contacted by Cambuur about a front-office position.

Under his guidance, Cambuur has pulled itself out of financial ruin, and this spring has advanced to the final round of playoffs for promotion. As an American, Pama has had to prove his knowledge to a skeptical audience. "Americans in football in Europe are not easily accepted," he said in a phone interview. "You come from a third-world country in soccer. As Americans, we look at the possibilities, not the impossibilities. In Europe, they want to see it; they're more negative. I was working at a faster pace that they are used to."

Cambuur will play top-tier club Roda (16th place among 18 clubs) in a series that begins Thursday. In the Netherlands, top second-division teams battle low-finishing Eredivise clubs to earn a berth in the first tier the following season.

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ferdinand: Moyes' Tactics 'Embarrassing'    
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand launched a scathing attack on former coach David Moyes in ...
Critic Apologizes to Saints Fans     
Southampton, many critics' pick to be relegated this season after selling so many players during the ...
Inter Crushes Sassuolo, 7-0, Again    
Inter Milan made up for its disappointing 0-0 draw away to Torino on the opening day ...
Simeone Hails Atleti 'Strength'    
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his team's "strength" as the defending La Liga champ beat ...
Reports: Hamburg Coach Running Out of Time     
The German press claimed that Hamburg SV coach Mirko Slomka is running out of time, as ...
AC Milan Goes Top Following Nine-Goal Thriller     
AC Milan climbed to the top of the Serie A standings on Sunday following a thrilling ...
Wenger: Wilshere Back to His Best    
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said that Jack Wilshere is finally back to his best following the ...
Calderon: Ronaldo Could Seek Man United Return    
ESPN reports that former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon believes Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester ...
Freshmen show off talents in 'fantastic' Big Ten showdown    
No. 8 Wisconsin won a battle of unbeaten Big Ten teams when the Badgers defeated No. ...
American Firm Attempts to Buy Spurs    
U.S. private investment company Cain Hoy Enterprises on Friday said it was considering making a takeover ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives