I started playing football very young like all Brazilians do, inside a futsal court from the age of 5 years. Futsal gave me the LOVE of the game as well as the fundamentals needed to play the game. At 8 years of age, I got selected into the Sao Paulo State Futsal Squad, best 20 players in the whole Sao Paulo State and was fortunate to become two time Brazilian Champion . As a player I have won numerous Futsal Tournaments and State Cups with Clube Paineiras do Morumbi squad as a Junior Footballer.
At 12 to 13 years of age, I started playing football for the best development squad in Sao Paulo at that time called Pequeninos do Joquey. I also had various invitations to play for Sao Paulo FC and Corinthians FC, two of the biggest football clubs in Brazil.
I had an opportunity to travel around Brazil playing football and also had the opportunity to play in the “Varzea” Tournaments (Varzea is a tournament where all football players in Brazil start playing) while young.
Long story short, I continued playing futsal and football for a long period of time until my move to the US in 1998. I was scouted to play for the University of Santa Barbara first team, however I had already planned to move to Australia..
While in Australia, I took a couple of years off from football due to my studies and work commitments. After graduating in Business and Marketing Management, I had time to play again and decided to play football for Beacon Hill FC on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, twice winning ‘Best Player’ of the season. Few years later I moved to Maroubra and joined Dunbar Rovers FC and had the privilege to win the AL1 League and the Champions of Champions with their first team in 2008.
I always loved playing football and decided to get into coaching in 2008 due to various knee injuries. This is how I started my coaching career.