Brazilian master passes on tips to keen students

Brazilian legend Carlos Alberto s goal in the 1970 final is rated as the best World Cup goal of all time. And now the Samba master has passed on his experience to the head coach of the Khalsa Youth Football Academy project. Khalsa are running Brazilian So

Brazilian legend Carlos Alberto's goal in the 1970 final is rated as the best World Cup goal of all time.

And now the Samba master has passed on his experience to the head coach of the Khalsa Youth Football Academy project.

Khalsa are running Brazilian Soccer Schools summer camps which are open to players in North Herts and Stevenage.

Bal Singh recently attended the Brazilian Soccer School training week in Horsforth where he was coached by the famous captain of the 1970 World Cup winning team.

Alberto, recently voted as the winner of the best World Cup goal ever in a FIFA poll, delivered some spectacular coaching drills.

Bal Singh: "I spent the entire week being coached by Carlos Alberto, and he delivered some very interesting drills which I will pass onto the youngsters."

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Futebol de Salão is a five-a-side version of football of South American origin that is played with a smaller (size two) and heavier (465g) ball that has virtually no bounce (10 per cent).

The game became popular in Brazil where players such as Pele, Rivelino, Zico right through to Juninho, Ronaldo and Rivaldo were brought up playing it before moving on to conventional football.

Bal Singh added: "Carlos Alberto is a gentleman and his coaching was spectacular.

"All the drills Carlos delivered with us will be used to develop the players in our Academy."

P Players who have aspirations to improve their skills and play the Brazilian way can join the Khalsa scholarship scheme in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College.

Players will continue educational studies at the college, which will provide a programme combining football training with academic study.

Learners on the course will undertake a maximum of 16 hours per week academic study, with nine hours per week dedicated to football coaching including drills from Futebol de Salão.

Email your CV to arrange trials to teambal@hotmail.com

P Parents interested in their youngsters (eight to 16 years) joining the Brazilian Soccer Schools coaching clubs should forward their details to: Khalsa Football Academy (BSS), Unit 8 Business Centre West, Avenue One, Letchworth Garden City, Herts.

Please include name, contact address and telephone number.

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