ATLANTA, GA – Sept. 08, 2009: Head soccer coach Youssef Darbaki of Minnesota Twinstars ended three weeks attachment training in Sao Paolo, Brazil, completing his dream of becoming soccer coaching instructor.
Coach Darbaki was attached to Sao Paolo FC during the first week and moved on to Paulista FC in the second week and Santos FC, soccer legend Pele’s former club, under the umbrella of Professor Thadeu Goncalves.
The course was sanctioned by FIFA, and organized by the Brazilian Football Association, and coach Darbaki was one of several coaches from Europe and Brazil who benefited from the program.
In the third week, Coach Darbaki studied method and preparation of the Brazilian national and the youth team, with emphasis on physical therapy, agility and technical development as well as the management of players, both local and international.
Also in attendance were Brazilian ex-world cup player, Ricardo, who is presently the head coach of Sao Paolo FC, and Coaches Antonio Mello and Luxemburgo, formerly of Spanish Serie A club, Real Madrid, now managing Santos FC.
Coach Darbaki, at the end of the attachment course, earned his FIFA License, which now qualifies him to organize coaching clinics throughout the world to arm coaches with skills and techniques needed for the successful managing of a national team.
His next stop will be in Canada in October, this year, where Coach Darbaki will run a two-week coaching clinic.
In a telephone interview from his base in Minnesota yesterday, Coach Darbaki said, “Youth football featured prominently during the three weeks, and I am glad that I can now help many coaches with skills and knowledge for their career.”
He said one aspect that also came up during the course was how to showcase the Brazilian soccer philosophy, “that has made Brazil more successful than many countries.”
He said he will be running soccer academies with emphasis on “foot communication,” a new philosophy that should be sweeping across the soccer world, in few years from now.
Meanwhile Coach Darbaki urged Liberian sports officials to accept his invitation to take over the national soccer team, Lone Star, that he believes, “I can develop for better results.”
He said he has been working with several Liberian soccer players in the United States, who have all encouraged him to help their country’s national team.
At the time of writing, Coach Darbaki said he had submitted a letter of intent with sports officials in Monrovia, and with time permitting, he would continue to hold Liberia as a likely place to put his professional expertise in developing the national team, as well as youth teams for Liberia.
“Liberia is losing time,” he said, “to start the first step of developing a program to provide education to local coaches because they are the ones who will develop local young players. This is a formula, and with that there will be a base for the entire country.”
He spoke on the business side of sports, emphasizing that he has a wide range of experience in player placement to top clubs in Europe and the United States, as well as players pursuing their education in colleges in the United States.