August 14, 2008

Some much needed relaxation - Day 9 – Scott Turnbull

Some much needed relaxation - Day 9 – Scott Turnbull

Usually practice is not a day at the beach but today it was. We spent the morning with a light training session on the beach near our hotel since we had a long and hard day yesterday. The mood was light and fun and once training was finished we enjoyed the big waves and some beach soccer with some of the locals. The Brazilians love to show their individual skills and try to one-up each other while they juggle the ball and do tricks to fake each other out. It was a great way to spend the morning after our victory yesterday but the sun took its toll on many as there were several red faces and backs by this afternoon.

It was back to work as usual in the afternoon as we returned to ABC’s training field for a spirited workout with Coach Beto. We began practice as ABC was winding down their training and there were about twenty ABC supporters that came to watch their practice but stuck around to watch us as well. It still amazes me to see the kids climbing walls and perching atop them to catch a glimpse of the teams practicing. The metal gate at the west end of the field is open to a dirt road running past and always has someone stopping to watch as they make their way down the road. One such individual stopped and watched our entire practice today. Once again proof that everything in Brazil stops when there is soccer going on

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A day filled with emotion! - Day 8 – Scott Turnbull

We started the day like any other, with a great breakfast at the hotel. We then boarded the bus for a morning filled with culture and giving. We travelled to the north side of the city to see the original fort the Portuguese built when they founded Natal in the 1500’s. It is built where the mouth of the river empties into the ocean, a very strategic point for defense of the city. The view from the fort gave a great vantage point for viewing the city skyline.

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August 10, 2008

Waking up with the Surf - Day 5 – Scott Turnbull

For the second time on this trip I was awoken by someone banging on my door.

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August 8, 2008

Day 4 – Scott Turnbull

At last the rain has stopped in Natal! Miguel told us this morning that although he has no control he wished the sun would come out for our visit and said that he was praying for it. This afternoon his prayers were answered! We awoke to overcast skies and a slight drizzle accompanied the beginning of our morning training session at ABC’s training facility.

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August 7, 2008

Day 3 - Soccer in the Shower - Scott Turnbull

My second day in paradise started with a kick to the door of our room as Tyler and I were late for the loading time on the bus. It seems our host decided to let the team sleep and cancelled our wake-up calls. So we were slightly. Luckily the bus was late and it turned out ok for us. Tomorrow will be better for sure!

Once on the bus we travelled to ABC Futbol Club’s stadium for a morning practice session on their training field. The concrete stadium was silent and empty but still had an energy within it that was amazing. The top ABC team was training immediately prior to our team taking the field to train with Beto. Coach Beto worked the guys hard throughout the session mainly concentrating on individual ball skills and counting to ten in Portuguese. Both skills showed improvement by the end of the session. There was a light rain coming from the overcast skies through the session but once again it was pleasant and not uncomfortable at any time.

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August 6, 2008

We have arrived in paradise! Coach Turnbull

It felt like Christmas Eve Monday night as I tried to squeeze in a few hours sleep prior to our early morning bus ride to the airport.

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