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
Saint Louis Athletica Coach Speaks Soccer, Not English
St. Louis Post Dispatch, August 18th, 2009 7:21PM

MOST READ


Gabriel Andrade, the translator for Saint Louis Athletica's Brazilian coach Jorge Barcellos, might have the toughest job on the team. Barcellos speaks little English, so Andrade relays everything Barcellos says in Portuguese to his team, in film sessions, in practice, during games, in one-on-ones with players. Sometimes this can get complicated, like when Barcellos says, "A bird who goes along with bats sleeps upside down." He means, of course, "You have to do what you know, and not what other people know."

"It's easy to translate his passion," Andrade said. "It's his sayings that get complicated." Barcellos lives and breathes soccer. He sleeps only a few hours each night in between practices, watching games, making plans, and playing soccer with his kids. "Soccer for me is fun," Barcellos said. "You have to see your life in a serious manner, always in a committed way, a rational way. But it's got to be fun. Imagine if I always came here with an angry look on my face. My day wouldn't be good."

If Barcellos' words don't always translate well, his passion for the game does. His players have responded to the mix of joy and professionalism he exudes. After starting 0-2-2, the Athletica had the best record in the league for the remainder of the season, finishing in second place. On Wednesday, the Athletica hosts Sky Blue FC of New York in the WPS Super Semifinal on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. ET. The winner advances to the league's championship game Saturday in Carson, Calif., against the Los Angeles Sol.

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
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
Martinez: Everton Can Still Finish Fourth     
Everton coach Roberto Martinez reflected on a "hurtful" 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace at home in ...
Bartra Blames Bale Goal on Fitness    
Barcelona defender Marc Bartra insists that fitness issues kept him from keeping up with Real Madrid ...
Bale's Dream Comes True as Real Wins King's Cup    
Real Madrid won the first of what it hopes will be three major trophies this season ...
Chandler Could Return to Training Next Week     
U.S. international Timothy Chandler is set to return to Nurnberg team training in 10 days, ESPN ...
Garcia: Roma's Scudetto Dream Not Over    
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia says that he has not given up hope on the Scudetto ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives