Ronaldinho to open Football School

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Samba superstar Ronaldinho in Singapore to open a football school

Ronaldinho Gaucho is in town to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with S.League club Tampines Rovers and International Football Group to set up his football academy here.


By Posted 10 Dec 2015 14:30

SINGAPORE: Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho Gaucho is in town on Thursday (Dec 10) to launch the Ronaldinho Football Academy in Singapore.

The former World Cup winner with Brazil was greeted as a he landed at Changi Airport by a crowd of about 100 supporters.

Ronaldinho, 35, arriving at Changi Airport at about 2.15pm on Thursday. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

The Brazilian, twice FIFA World Player of the Year, stops to sign autographs for fans at the airport. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

Ronaldinho, 35, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with S.League club Tampines Rovers and coaching providers International Football Group. The agreement will be the first step of an exchange programme that will see coaches, players and officials from Brazil and Tampines Rovers take part in a youth development programme conceptualised and guided by the footballer, said the S.League club.

Ronaldinho inks an MOU with Tampines Rovers Football Club to set up his football academy in Singapore. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

“In essence, the Ronaldinho Football Academy will come under the auspices of Tampines Rovers, adopting the Tampines Rovers Football Academy now being run by the club for the North East (CDC) Community Development Council at Greenview Secondary School,” it added in a press release.

New Chairman of Tampines Rovers Krishna Ramachandra said the collaboration shows the club’s commitment to “developing football talent in Singapore”. “I believe strongly that this collaboration with the Ronaldinho Football Academy will be the necessary fillip needed in local football,” he added.

The programme – which will see Ronaldinho plan a curriculum and supply coaches for the Tampines Rovers Football Academy – is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2016.

At the news conference, Ronaldinho said: “All the warmth I’ve been shown here, from the time I was at the airport proves I’m correct to set up my academy here.”

The former Barcelona and AC Milan attacker also launched the Ronaldinho E-Scooter which he endorses with his team of freestyle footballers.

The E-scooter launched by Ronaldinho in Singapore. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

The 2002 World Cup winner is known for his silky skills on the ball and his ability to both create and score goals. Ronaldinho is currently a free agent, after his contract was terminated by Brazilian outfit Fluminense, having made nine goalless appearances over two months.