Unite FC, a Soccer team of under 18 boys from Victoria have been touring Brazil for the last week. A team of 15 players and 5 officials including a photographer boarded a plane from Melbourne on their way to Rio De Janeiro on the 13 August. after stopping over Sydney they were off to Argentina and finally to Rio. Brazil being a nation that has produced the best soccer players the world has ever seen, it was a great opportunity for the young boys to see how Brazilian teams train, live and play.
For some it was the first time they travelled outside of Australia and were very exited to fly and see a different part of the world, cultures and way of life. Unite FC trip is run by ASFA ( Australian Somali Football Association) FFV football Federation Victoria and supported by Bendigo Community Bank Flemington branch, Range resources, AFP, Victoria Police, VMC, Moloney Group, Moonee Valley city Council, city of Melbourne. Each year a fresh selection of talent is sent to soccer great nations to expand and explore their soccer potentials, increase prospect and self growth as a young players.
This project is in its 3rd year and in 2012 the team entered the Madrid international Cup in Spain and to every one’s surprised made it all the way to the finals bringing home the runners up cup. So far In Brazil they have met two of the best teams in Brazil. Vasco Digamma and Fluminense FC , a team every one in Rio seem to be a fan of. As well as playing and trading goals UNITE FC was also given a special accesses to the training facilities of each Club, met the players, coaches and Managers.
The fact that we played with the best clubs in Brazil and scored against them is an honor and it shows how good we are, Said Akim, the Unite FC Captain. To see the amount of fan based some of these teams have was a overwhelming initially, where ever we look we could see people wearing their tops, every shop was selling their memorabilia and merchandise. Over all we learned from them and taught them few things from down under, Akim added.
The team plays Flamengo FC on Friday and their final match on Monday before heading to Australia to put what they learned in to practice. The Unite FC will be officially announced as a football club playing FFV league upon their return.
Here are few snaps from the tour