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Football at BISP

BISP Cruziero Academy enables students to combine high-performance football with excellent academics.

BISP offers a variety of options for boys and girls from Reception to Year 13 to develop their football skills. At younger age groups the emphasis is on playing and enjoying, playing with freedom, developing the passion and overcoming problems, always towards a professional career.

At the BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy, students learn the proven Cruzeiro method, delivered by professional coaches from Brazil, on some of the finest school sporting facilities in Asia.

Opportunities include trips around the world to take part in competitions, the hosting of large-scale events on campus and a global network of clubs, Universities and coaches for the next step.

High performance football with excellent academics

BISP is committed to inspiring passion and providing a model for a balanced, high achieving lifestyle.

Students benefit from access to the high-performance coaching of the BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy, as well as the outstanding academic opportunities offered by the school. This provides a platform for students from which to pursue their interests at the highest level, with the potential to choose from a range of pathways upon graduation.

The BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy consists of age-specific High-Performance training squads, beginning at Under-9. Players are selected based on a range of criteria and squad training at this level follows a carefully designed structure.

Students who take part in the academy learn to balance high-performance football with the excellent academic and extracurricular opportunities offered for school. In maintaining this balance, students learn the time management skills required to live a fulfilling, balanced life.

Facilities

BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy students train on some of the best football training facilities of any school in Asia. The 44-acre BISP campus is home to three full-size grass football pitches, plus five 7-a-side grass pitches, a strength and conditioning gym and indoor 5-a-side courts.

This expanse of space provides the flexibility for an array of training activities, as well as 11 aside competitive matches all year round.

This space also allows the Academy to host some of the largest international school football tournaments in the world, including the annual Soccer 7s and Soccer11s.

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The Cruziero Method

To develop an athlete you need a system. The Cruzeiro method is a proven, professional system, created by Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in Brazil, and used to develop high-performance football players.

At BISP, this method is delivered by highly qualified specialists in physical education and professional coaches, ensuring that a student’s time is utilised in the most effective possible way towards maximising potential and developing performance.

We strive to maximize each player’s progressive development through appropriate age and skill-level specific teaching methodologies.

Cruzeiro uses tactical periodization in order to maximize time as appropriately as possible. The system helps to organize the training process, making the content of the preparation more effective, in relation to the objectives and the time to be managed.

The Cruzeiro method delivers expert instruction in four key areas – tactical, technical, physical and psychological – with a focus on developing the complete athlete.

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BISP Alumni Footballers Around the World

Opportunities

BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy students benefit from the extended network of contacts and partnerships held by the Academy and BISP.

This network automatically heightens exposure for all Academy students and provides crucial support and a number of advantages in University preparation, scholarship applications and the securing of professional contracts.

Many BISP Cruzeiro students have secured trials at professional clubs, contracts at some of the world’s finest football teams and scholarships at top universities around the world.

As a BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy student, your personal and professional goals will be respected and supported by a network of coaches, University counsellors and teachers.

Professional Teams and Clubs of our Former Players

Europe: S.C Sporting, S.L Benfica, Anadia F.C – Portugal / F.C Bayern München – Germany / Almeria F.C, Gimnastica Ceuta – Spain / Ängelholms FF – Sweden / Aberdeen F.C. – Scotland

United States: Portland Timbers, Colorado Rapids – US

Asia: JDT Johor Darul ta’zim, Perak FC – Malaysia / Phrae United, Phuket FC, Hua Hin FC, Army Fc –Thailand

US Colleges: D1- Wake Forest, Saint Louis University, D2- University of West Florida, Junior College- St Thomas Aquinas College, Tennessee Wesleyan University, Union College

National representatives: Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Norway.

Experiences

Being a student at BISP Cruziero Football Academy means being exposed to a range of potential life-changing football experiences, both at BISP and around the world.

Competition is key to the development of an athlete, and in recent years, Academy teams have travelled to Brazil, Portugal and Sapin to take part in high-level international competitions, inspiring each student to work harder, while also developing maturity, personal responsibility and team spirit.

These international trips are complemented by tournaments held at BISP itself, including the annual Soccer 11s and the largest school-based football tournament in the world, Soccer 7s.

Overseas competitions and international tournaments at BISP provide further scouting opportunities for our students, inspiring each individual to reach their goals.

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Testimonials

"The coaches are very dedicated and they sacrifice lots of time for you and they simplify the game by giving you tactical knowledge and helping you constantly improve."

Celine Chuang

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"The great thing about being coached by Cruzeiro coaches at such a young age is that you get professional coaching from someone that has been in the professional environment, which is really important."

Nicolai Skoglund

About the coaches

"It is a great next step, it helps you improve your skills to another level, it helped me improve so much in just a 2-year span and the environment there is very friendly, very competitive, very nice and they're very dedicated coaches, so it's a good step forwards."

Celine Chuang

About The Cruziero Academy

"My time at BISP has led to me being a player here in Portugal playing for sporting and just growing as a person, becoming the person I am today and being able to take on challenges in everyday life, in football and in everything else, so BISP has had such a huge influence on me not just as a football player, but as a person as well."

Nicolai Skoglund

About BISP

Boarding

Self-discipline and lifestyle management is essential for an athlete to reach their potential.

The boarding option at BISP is an excellent opportunity for students to increase their independence while benefiting from the support and guidance of coaches on areas of lifestyle such as nutrition, routine and sleeping patterns.

Our boarding students at BISP also appreciate the social aspect of boarding on campus and find that the friendships they form as boarding students can last a lifetime.

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Professional Coaches

To reach their full potential, students need coaches they can trust, whose experience, qualifications and methodology have shown to benefit students from all walks of life.

The BISP Cruzeiro Football Academy brings together the finest coaches from the famous Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in Brazil, coaches whose passion and commitment to their students has resulted in sporting success for a generation of talent.

Our coaches have supplemented their training in the Cruzeiro method with academic qualifications in physical education, professional experience as players and trainers, and time in the Academy itself, developing and training high-performance athletes in the context of an international school with students obtaining academic excellence.

Football Coach

Raphael Sousa

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Strength and conditioning coach

Brian Ross

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Football Coach

Marcos Junior

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Football Coach

Victor Alberice

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Football Coach

Andre Velloso

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Director of Football

Jonathas Candido

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Football Coach

Raphael Sousa

Coaching License (s):

ATFA “C and B – Argentine Football Association
ATFA “A” – Argentine Football Association – currently taking

Educational background:

Master degree in Sports Science – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Bachelor in Physical Education – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Coaching experience:

América FC: Head coach Professional Woman’s team
Assistant coach Professional Woman’s team
Democrata SL/PROESP: Assistant coach U17
Santo Agostinho School: Assistant coach futsal U11 and U13
BISP Cruzeiro (since 2018)

Strength and conditioning coach

Brian Ross

Coaching experience

3 years personal trainer/s&c coach at BISP
2 years BISP Cruzeiro s&c coach/football coach

Education background

ACE (American Council of Exercise) level 5 personal trainer (America)
ACE TRX certified
NSCA certified
KINE injury prevention (Argentina)

Brian works closely with our physio, nurse and injured athletes to create personalised rehabilitation programs for them during their recovery process. He also leads on our injury prevention and specialised strength programs.

Football Coach

Marcos Junior

Coaching license(s) –

CBF “B” – Brazilian Confederation of Football – Currently Taking ( Brazil)
FA Level 1 – Currently Taking ( England)
FA Promaker – The FA ( England)

Professional Football Player Experience:

Marcos Júnior has played for some professional clubs in Brazil, Thailand and The Netherlands. He used to play as Defender Midfielder ( CDM) and Defender (CD).

Coaching Experience:

AFA( Ascot International School) – Bangkok
PK FC ( Arsenal) – Bangkok
BSL – Bangkok
Samui United Academy – Koh Samui
BISP Cruzeiro ( Since 2020) – Phuket

Education Background

B.B.A ( Currently Taking)

Football Coach

Victor Alberice

Coaching License (s):

ATFA “C and B – Argentine Football Association
ATFA “A” – Argentine Football Association – currently taking

Coaching experience:

América FC: Head coach Professional Woman’s team
Assistant coach U17 (men’s team)
Democrata SL/PROESP: Head coach U14 and 15
BISP Cruzeiro (since 2018)

Educational background:

Bachelor in Physical Education – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Football Coach

Andre Velloso

Coaching License (s) – AFA “B” Argentine Football Association🇦🇷

AFA “A” – Argentine Football Association currently taking 🇦🇷
Performance Analyst – AFA Argentine Football Association currently taking🇦🇷

Football player experience

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (RJ)
Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama (RJ)
Botafogo Futebol de Regatas (RJ)
Fluminense Football Club (RJ)

Coaching experience

Next Academy (Football and GK Coach)
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Scout)
BISP Cruzeiro (Football and GK Coach)
Goalkeeper Academy (GK Coach)

Educational Background

Graduation Physical Education UniGama currently taking (Rio de Janeiro)

Director of Football

Jonathas Candido

Educational Background

Graduated in Physical Education – UNIBH – Belo Horizonte

Coaching License(s)

AFC “C” – Asian Football Confederation
AFC “B” – Asian Football Confederation – currently taking
CBF “B” – Brazilian Confederation of Football – currently taking

Coaching Experience:

15 years of professional experience in football, fitness coach, scout, assistant coach, head coach and manager.