(Hawaii News Now) - Soccer (futebol) enthusiasts the world over revere Brazil's Pele, the "God" of soccer. Now, Kailua's youth will have the unique opportunity to become the next 'Pele.' Coach Hugo Guttierez, the new Director of Coaching for the Windward Oahu Soccer Club is bringing his Brazilian soccer school to Kailua along with Brazilian futebol coaches, Alexandre Souza and Daniel Araujo. They will be holding a Summer Soccer Camp, June 2 – 6, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kainalu Elementary School in Kailua with HYSA tryouts set for Saturday, June 7 at the same location (Under 7 - under 9, 9 - 10:30 a.m.; Under 10 – under 12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m; Under 13 – under 15, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Coach Hugo says, "We are bringing with us our affiliation with Brazilian professional soccer club, Coritiba F.C., nicknamed 'Coxa-Branca.' But it is not just about the name. We are bringing the fundamentals, expertise, style of soccer, and excitement of what we call 'Joga bonito' (play beautiful). With the support of a professional Club of such magnitude, players will have the opportunity to learn Brazilian style soccer, not only here, but in Brazil through exchange opportunities. There will be a yearly Escola Coxa tournament in Brazil where all the Escola Coxa will have the chance to participate. And of course, if we have a player here in Kailua, with the skills necessary to play at a high competitive level, we'll give him, or her, the opportunity to try out for Coritiba in Brazil."
Coxa-Branca is a club with a long history. Founded in 1905, it holds several titles in the Brazilian soccer leagues and international tournaments, and holds the Guinness Book record for the longest winning streak in soccer history with 24 consecutive victories in May of 2011. Coxa-Branca has more than 45 'Escola Coxa' (soccer schools) around Brazil, with the windward Oahu Soccer Club being the second in the United States.
Coach Hugo has traveled around the world playing futebol. After playing semi-pro in Latin America, he came to the United States where he received a soccer scholarship to play for a university in the Midwest. Soccer was Hugo's life. After a painful knee injury and three surgeries, Hugo decided to develop his talents and knowledge as a soccer coach and has since worked with coaches from Brazilian professional teams in their youth divisions. He also had the opportunity to work with the Under-17 Brazilian National team. Coach Hugo has also coached at the youth level for one of the most successful clubs in the world, Barcelona Futbol Club franchise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Coach Alex first played for Coritiba FC when just 17-years old. He then played for the D-1 men's soccer team at Oregon State University. He has been coaching high school and semi-pro teams in the United States for almost ten years. Well-known for his outstanding goalie coaching skills, Coach Alex will not only be coaching teams at Escola Coxa, but also training the goalies.
Coach Daniel played semi pro in Rio de Janeiro and in the U.S. for Miami FC and Carolina RailHawks. He has been coaching in the Islands for more than two years. He possesses amazing soccer foot-skills and will head up the foot-skills sessions at Escola Coxa for Windward Oahu.
All three men still play soccer. Check their Facebook page: Escola Coxa Hawaii for updates, photos, and details about the Club and more information about the Summer Soccer Camp and HYSA Tryouts or visit their website here.