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

MOST COMMENTED

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
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
Mourinho: Drogba Could Start vs. Man United     
Chelsea striker Loic Remy, who was substituted in the 13th-minute of Tuesday's 6-0 UEFA Champions League ...
Russia: Racism is a Global, Not Russian, Problem    
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko denied that his country has a particular problem with racism in ...
Robben Hails Bayern Tactics in Roma Thrashing    
Bayern Munich's 7-1 demolition of AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night-which broke the ...
Kompany: City, Not CSKA, Punished by Stadium Ban    
When UEFA slaps a stadium ban on a European club-as it has CSKA Moscow in the ...
Report: Raul to Join Cosmos This Week     
Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez on Tuesday reached an agreement to play for New York ...
Platini: Ballon d'Or Should Not Go to Ronaldo, Messi     
UEFA President Michel Platini believes the 2014 Ballon d'Or should not go to either Cristiano Ronaldo ...
Real's Bale, Ramos Miss Liverpool Clash    
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's world record signing, and vice-captain Sergio Ramos are both out of Wednesday's ...
Ronaldo, Messi Could Break UCL Record This Week     
The world's two best players will have a chance to break Raul's UEFA Champions League goal ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives