“Delima Soccer Enterprises has given me the opportunity to train in Brazil on two s
“My high school soccer team, Marmion Academy, from the Chicago, IL area, has worked with Miguel de Lima and Delima Soccer for several years. We took our first training trip in 2004 to Clube Atletico Paranaense in Curitiba and then returned to Brazil in 2007, this time going to Natal and training at ABC Futbol Clube.The training was absolutely first-class, the training facilities were great, the meals were outstanding, and the teams we played against were highly competitive.
From a cultural standpoint, Natal was simply THE BEST. Out hotel accommodations were fabulous, as we overlooked the ocean and enjoyed the pristine beauty of Natal throughout our stay.Each day during free time, our boys enjoyed swimming in the ocean and relaxing on the beach or playing beach soccer.The cultural events that were included like the buggy rides on some of Brazil’s largest dunes, going to other beaches, visiting local museums, and shopping trips, further enhanced the total experience each of us had during our time in Natal.The trips to Brasil have been a trip-of-a-lifetime experience for our teams.Thank you Miguel and Delima Soccer for making these lifelong dreams and memories possible.”
Kevin O Connor
Marmion Academy Head Soccer Coach
eparate occasions, and much of my success as a soccer player can be attributed to DSE and Miguel Delima. I spent four months in Brazil during my junior year of high school training with Atletico Paranaense, in Curitiba, Brazil. This experience helped me grow as a physical, technical and tactical soccer player.
The center of training at Atletico is regarded as one of the best in Brazil. Not only are the soccer facilities world class, but the living accommodations are excellent as well. I trained with the Juvenile (U17) age group at Atletico, and I was lucky enough to play in a few games with the team. Brazilian youth players are more skillful, more athletic, and more tactically astute than American youth players, so it is easy to improve in their training environment. I came back to the United States extremely well prepared for my Under 17 club season with Scott Gallagher. I loved my first experience in Brazil so much that I felt I really needed to return at some point.
So, this past summer (2008,) I spent a month training with Brasilis FC in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil and stayed at the Oscar Inn. This is also a beautiful facility and training with Brasilis helped me sharpen my game for my upcoming college season at Duke University. At times, I was able to train with the professional team which was a very beneficial experience. These experiences in Brazil have helped me develop as a soccer player, but they have also helped me grow as a human being.
For many of the young Brazilian players in these training environments, success in soccer is their only way out of unimaginable poverty. So, reasonably, the training sessions are passionate and intense. That I have been able to spend time in this kind of atmosphere has rewarded me in a physical, technical, and emotional capacity. I cannot thank Miguel and Delima Soccer Enterprises enough for giving me these opportunities.”
Graduate of Duke University (’11)
Currently at Real Salt Lake (MLS)