Tournaments: Road to Beijing, 5v5

This weekend the excitement of 5v5 soccer returns to South Florida. The best teams in the area will be looking for a ticket to go to China Beijing 2017. They will also be seeking to obtain the title in the qualifier championship for the COPA USA National 5V5.

Thirty two winning teams of the regional qualifier championships will face off at F5WC Beijing 2017. The team that wins in Miami will advance to the finals where they will decide who will be the USA representative. Colombia is the current reigning World Champ after being crowned unbeaten throughout the tournament in Bangkok, F5WC Thailand 2016. The tournament is part of the Football Fives World Championship (FFWC). Don’t miss out this weekend at La Caimanera in Miami.

Date: Sunday, January 29th
Place: La Caimanera

Coroncoro to Launch Their League

Next February 11th the ball starts rolling at the new league created by Coroncoro Soccer Club, managed by Luis Carlos Perea. The league promises fun, competition and excitement and is attracting many clubs in the area. Don’t miss it, you can either come to play or support the teams!
Date: February 11th – April 8th
Place: Sandpiper Park
Ages: U6 -U15

THE CHAMPIONS CUP: Everything is Ready for Jogo Bonito

The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for soccer scholarships for children

Brazilian Soccer Training Center in conjunction with Miami Youth Soccer Organization is honored to host the annual Jogo Bonito The Champions Cup. The tournament will be held on March 11-12, 2017 at highland oaks park in Aventura, FL to raise funds in support of soccer scholarships for children.

What is it?
Jogo Bonito The Champions Cup is an elite soccer tournament for handpicked winners of select tournaments and leagues. Due to the high level of play last year’s Jogo Bonito Champions Cup provided the winning team with 1,345 GotSoccer ranking points.

The Cup
The winner of Jogo Bonito The Champions Cup will receive the privilege of housing the Jogo Bonito Champions cup for the year. Designed and handcrafted by famed Brazilian/Miami artist Romero Britto, the Jogo Bonito Champions Soccer Cup is the most beautiful, unique, and valuable cup in US Youth Soccer.

Jogo bonito The Champions Cup begins on Friday, March 10, 2017 with an exclusive reception cocktail at the Trump International Beach Resort. The event is sponsored by ABTS Convention Services, a global company specializing in medical conferences. The reception will be attended by celebrated guest from youth soccer organizations across South Florida, as well as representatives from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Miami-Dade parks department, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, among others.

The opening reception will be followed by two days of championship-level games and a closing ceremony in which the winners will be presented with The Jogo Bonito Champions Cup.

“We hope to help Brazilian Soccer Training Center grow in ways that benefit the community, promotes children’s well-bring, and improves academic performance through local events.”

Davide Veglia,
President Of ABTS Convention Services.


Tyler Ruthven and Stefano Pinho have signed up with Nesta’s team

The Miami FC is ready for his second year in the NASL. Two key players were signed up with the club to consolidate the team. One player, Tyler Ruthven, will fortify the backline with his brick-wall defending style. The other one, 2015 NASL Golden Ball winner, Stefano Pinho, will consolidate the team as a strong forward who has the ability to put the ball in the back of the net more often than not.

Tyler Ruthven
Ruthven, an Alpharetta, Georgia native, brings over six years of pro experience in the U.S. and abroad to the club’s defense. In 2012, the center back joined the MLS-side New York Redbulls, where he made five appearances while starting in three. During his three starts on the backline, the defender helped New York earn three consecutive clean sheets.

Soon after, Ruthven took his talents to Europe playing with IK Brage of Sweden and KuPS of Finland. While with KuPS, the defender helped the team reach the Suomen Cup final, Finland’s top cup competition. After his time in the old continent, Ruthven joined Arizona United SC, for a season before returning to the NASL with the Armada.

Stefano Pinho
Former NASL Golden Ball Winner and Minnesota United FC forward Stefano Pinho has signed with The Miami FC. Pinho, a São João Nepomuceno, Brazil native, brings additional fire power to an already potent forward line. The amazing attacker spent 10 years with Brazil’s Fluminense, rising through the club’s youth, while being loaned out to other Brazilian clubs.

The powerful striker entered the NASL in 2015, being loaned out to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers by Fluminense. Pinho played in 23 matches that season scoring 15 goals for the Strikers, leading the club to the NASL Championship semifinals.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Miami FC and compete for a title,” “I know expectations are high and I’m thankful that the club brought me in to be a part of it.”

“Building a strong defense is one of the most important things to me,” said Miami FC Head Coach Alessandro Nesta. “Tyler has the experience and skills I’m looking for in a defender.”

Van Basten’s Controversial Changes

The Dutchman proposes a more dynamic game

To speak of Van Basten is to speak of a soccer legend, a skillful striker that left his mark on European soccer. Now, as FIFA’s technical development director, has proposed a series of measures to modernize soccer, although they have not been received by many as good ideas.

His Idea:
Former Netherlands striker, a very close man to FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, proposes to make soccer a more dynamic and interesting game. Van Basten plans to revolutionize soccer around the planet with these new ideas. Here are some of them, revealed during an interview with the German paper Sport Bild.

1. “One-on-one style” instead of penalties
Word Cup 2026, with 48 national teams distributed in 16 groups, would cause great conflict, especially during its last round. According to Van Basten, the dark cloud of match rigging would be eliminated with a 5 shoot-out playoff; in other words, a one-on-one, during which the striker will have 25 meters and 8 seconds to score. This system was used three decades ago by the MLS.

2. Goodbye offside
“Soccer is increasingly resembling handball, with very defensive teams setting a wall in their area”, says the three-time winner of the Golden Ball. “In field hockey, the offside has been abolished, and there are no problems. Without this rule, there would be more opportunities for strikers and more goals in each game.”

3. Time penalty replaces the yellow card
The resemblance with handball resurges in Van Basten’s plans, which favor applying time penalties “of five or ten minutes” to infringers. “If it is complicated to play 10 against 11, imagine what would happen if it were 8 against 11”, foresees the former striker.

4. Expulsion after a number of fouls
Red cards, which are unusual in modern soccer, could evolve. The idea is that a team could lose a player if he commits a certain number of fouls. This way, repetitive fouls would stop.

5. Last 10 minutes with a stopped clock
Van Basten proposes to stop the clock during substitutions, treatment to injured players, or any other situation where the ball is not rolling; all of this in order to avoid wasting time, favoring some and affecting others. Van Basten assures that the ball must roll every second.

6. A looser calendar
“We need to focus on the quality instead of quantity”, says Van Basten. We should reduce the number of official games from 80 to a maximum of 50. It’s not a money problem. This is about removing dates that are suffocating soccer stars and affecting the clubs’ plans.

7. Only the captain can speak
“Only the captain should speak with the referee”, sustains Van Basten, using rugby as the best example of courtesy of the players towards the referee. This would avoid protests, which sometimes end up in physical violence.

8. More substitutions, more dynamism
The moments of substitutions cause too much controversy. On one side, Van Basten thinks substitutions can be made while the ball is in play, even if this makes the referee’s job harder. Besides, the introduction of new players would give the decisive part of the qualifying rounds more spectacle. “We talk about one or two additional substitutions in the extension.”


“A boy, as good as he may be, needs discipline to succeed”

Luis Carlos Perea, a role model of Colombian soccer, and his commitment to the essence of a good soccer player: discipline

It’s 4:00 p.m. and everything is ready in Sandpiper Park, Kendall. Luis Carlos Perea greets the kids and their parents one by one as they come to him, and then heads to the field to start training. There is joy, laughter, and discipline. There is soccer. It is Coroncoro SC, led by the man who has been in competitions at a high level, two World Cups and countless finals.

Where did the idea of the club come from?
After I retired from the Club Atletico Nacional, I came to Miami. I worked with the Miami Strike Force, they played in Hialeah. And with some help from a friend, Fabio Ortega, I started this road with a Summer Camp. Coroncoro SC was born in 1999.

What difficulties did you find?
Even though it seems like there is much space and soccer parks, it is not easy to get good fields to train. But I got the support of my friend, Commissioner Juan Carlos Zapata, and we are here, in this park.

How many kids does Coroncoro have?
We have around 45 kids, with ages between 4 to 19. Kids from 4 to 12 years old are in the formation stage because each one of them comes with different needs. I have a group of 12 year-olds and another group of 19 year-olds who are more advanced players.

What is the essential idea of the club?
The idea is to shape and train, to be able to create a team. Of course, everything is part of a process. As a matter of fact, a team starts as something recreational to then become something more complex.

What is the most important thing for a kid who wants to learn to play soccer?
It seems easy to kick the ball, but it’s not. You need coordination, and that is what kids lack in their initial stage. This is the area I focus on mainly, helping them develop their skills.

What does the club offer to kids that come to be a part of Coroncoro?
My idea is to work on the fundamentals; to develop motor skills, in other words coordination; especially on the little kids. Older kids as well; some think they know everything, but it is at their age that real soccer is established to work on tactics.

What do you think of soccer in South Florida?
The level has increased since I got here 17 years ago. We, South Americans are the pioneers. And now there are many Europeans that have joined us which has enriched soccer in South Florida. Youth soccer is being developed very actively in Dade, Broward and in the West area.

What would you advice to a kid who wants to succeed in soccer?
The first thing is discipline. It is necessary for any athlete who wants to be a high level player. Discipline includes having good nutrition and training every day. There is no night life and girlfriends become secondary. A boy, as good as he may be, needs discipline; because success requires sacrifice.

Future plans?
We are starting a League in February. We also have the “Golden Steps” foundation that raises funds to subsidize kids who want to play soccer, but whose parents can’t afford a club team. My idea is to surround children with a social support environment. In other words, have the kids from the team bring in shoes or clothes that are in good condition and that they don’t wear anymore, so other kids can wear them in deprived communities in Colombia. I want conscious players.

The wall
Luis Carlos Perea, best known as “El Coroncoro”, – the name of a common fish in Colombia- former player of Colombia’s national team, was a central defender during the golden times of Colombian soccer, along with an extraordinary team. He played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He also played in the Copa America twice and won the 1989 Copa Libertadores de America with his team Atletico Nacional of Colombia.

Name: Luis Carlos Perea
Nickname: Coroncoro
Date of birth: December 20, 1963
Place of birth: Turbo, Colombia
Favorite place: Medellin
Favorite food: Fish
Favorite book: Deepak Chopra

“Un chico, por bueno que sea, necesita disciplina para triunfar”
Un referente del fútbol colombiano, Luis Carlos Perea, y su compromiso con la esencia del buen jugador de soccer: la disciplina.

Son las 4 de la tarde y ya está todo listo en el Sandpiper Park de Kendall. Luis Carlos Perea saluda uno a uno a los chicos y a los padres que se acercan, para luego dirigirse al campo a iniciar la práctica. Hay alegría, hay risas, hay orden. Hay soccer. Es el Coroncoro SC, de la mano de un hombre que ha estado en la alta competición, en dos mundiales de fútbol e innumerables finales.

¿Cómo nació la idea del club?
Después de retirarme del Club Atlético Nacional me vine a Miami. Aquí trabajé con el Miami Strike Force, que jugaba en Hialeah. Y con ayuda de un amigo, Fabio Ortega, inicié en este camino con un Summer Camp. El Coroncoro SC nació en 1999.

¿Con qué dificultades te encontraste?
Aunque parece que hubiese mucho espacio y parques, no es fácil conseguir buenas canchas para entrenar. Pero recibí el apoyo de mi amigo el comisionado Juan Carlos Zapata, y aquí estamos en este parque.

¿Cuántos niños tiene el club Coroncoro?
Alrededor de 45 niños, con edades de 4 a 19 años.
Los niños de 4 a 12 años están en etapa de formación,
porque cada uno viene con diferentes necesidades.
Tengo un grupo con chicos de 12 años y otro de 19 que son jugadores que ya están más avanzados.

¿Cuál es la idea fundamental del club?
Es formar y enseñar, para luego crear un equipo.
Claro, que todo es parte de un proceso. En realidad, un equipo inicia como algo recreativo para luego convertirse en algo más complejo.

¿Qué es lo más importante para un niño que quiere aprender a jugar al soccer?
Parece fácil pegarle a un balón de soccer, pero no lo es. Hay que tener coordinación y eso es de lo que los chicos carecen en su etapa de iniciación. En esta parte yo me enfoco mucho, para ayudarles a desarrollar sus habilidades.

¿Qué le ofrece el club a los niños que vienen a formar parte de Coroncoro?
Mi idea es trabajar las bases. Desarrollar la parte motriz, es decir la coordinación. Sobre todo en los chicos pequeños. Los chicos grandes igual: algunos creen que ya se las saben todas, pero en esta edad es cuando se establece el verdadero soccer para trabajar la parte táctica.

¿Cómo ve el soccer del Sur de la Florida?
El nivel ha crecido, desde que yo llegué hace 17 años. Los pioneros somos los sudamericanos. Pero ahora se han sumado muchos europeos, y esto ha enriquecido mucho el soccer del Sur de la Florida. En Dade y Broward, y en el área del West se está desarrollando un muy buen soccer juvenil.

¿Qué recomendarías a un chico que quiere triunfar en el soccer?
Lo primordial es la disciplina. Esto es necesario para cualquier deportista que quiera llegar a ser de alto nivel. La disciplina incluye tener una buena alimentación, entrenar todos los días, prepararse. Nada de vida nocturna, las novias pasan a un segundo plano. Un chico por muy bueno que sea, necesita disciplina. Porque el triunfo requiere sacrificio.

¿Planes futuros?
Vamos a iniciar una Liga a partir de febrero. Tenemos también la fundación “Golden Steps” que recauda fondos para subsidiar chicos que quieren jugar al soccer, pero que sus padres no pueden pagar su escuela de soccer.
Mi idea es rodear a los chicos de un ambiente de apoyo social. Es decir, que los chicos del equipo traigan ropa o zapatos que ya no usen y que estén en buenas condiciones para que otros lo puedan usar, en comunidades carenciadas en Colombia. Quiero jugadores con conciencia.

La muralla:
Luis Carlos Perea, mejor conocido como “El Coroncoro”, -el nombre de un pez que abunda en Colombia- ex jugador de la selección Colombia, fue el defensa central que protagonizó una época de oro del fútbol colombiano junto a una selección de antología. Jugó los mundiales de Italia 90 y Estados Unidos 94. Jugó dos veces la Copa América y triunfó con su equipo Atlético Nacional de Medellín en la Copa Libertadores 89.


Name: Luis Carlos Perea
Nickname: Coroncoro
Birthday: 20 december 1963
Lugar de nacimiento: Turbo, Colombia
Lugar Favorito: Medellín
Comida favorita: pescado
Libros favoritos: Deepak Chopra

Atletico Nacional Reopens its Doors

A competitive academy with high values, a big bet for 2017

Atletico Nacional of Medellin, Colombia is one of the most powerful teams in South America. They have been champions of Copa Libertadores de America twice-they won the last one in 2016-and are a benchmark on game style for any player. Now they are re-launching their project in Miami, and Soccerplus is there to tell their story, listening to three of their directors: Fernando Garcia, CEO; Patricia Salas, Manager; and Juan Carlos Restrepo, Coach.

Patricia, what is the difference between Atletico Nacional and other academies?
We are looking to make citizens, apart from developing their soccer talent. We have three pillars: winning, eating healthy and respecting the brand.

How do you work on values?
We talk to the kids about a different value every month. This month, our value is kindness. Before training, we explain to them the importance of being kind. We also say a small prayer, we teach the kids to respect and value God.

Fernando, what is this re-launch about?
This marks a new era; changes will come. One of them is that we are joining the US Soccer, we will have competitive and not just recreational teams.

How many kids does the club currently have?
We have more than 60 kids and we are growing more and more every day. We hope to have more fields to play in and that the city of Doral can provide us some other spaces.

Juan Carlos, what is your experience with players in Florida like?
Players are less passionate here, I think that is a disadvantage because soccer is a sport of contact. Parents protect kids a lot. And when you play soccer, you are exposed to insults, pushing and crashing.

What aspects will you be working on mainly with the players?
We will be working so they will loosen up, so they are not that rigid, soccer is fun. When I used to play for Atletico Nacional, our Coach, Pacho Maturana, used to say, “If you know how to dance, you know how to play soccer”. Because soccer is rhythm, it’s movement.

Fernando, what is the tournament Atletico Nacional will launch in Miami?
It will be the “Atletico Nacional US CUP”, which we will be held from July 1st to 8th at Kendall Soccer Park. There will be 32 teams in divisions U12 to U23 from different countries, such as Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico and Canada.

What is the club’s vision in Miami?
Our vision is the same as that of Atletico Nacional, its game style, its bases and its values. We are a reserve for Atletico Nacional and we want the good players to be able to play for the club in Colombia. We are the club’s first academy outside the country, adding up to the 22 academies we have in Colombia.

Juan Carlos Restrepo
Born in: Medellin
Birthday: April 23rd
Age: 50
Played as: Center Forward
Favorite Team: I am a fan of soccer

Patricia Salas
Born in: Medellin
Favorite Team: Atletico Nacional
Favorite Player: Andres Escobar
Favorite Food: Bandeja Paisa

Reabre sus puertas Una academia competitiva con valores, es la gran apuesta
para 2017

Uno de los equipos más poderosos de Sudamérica es el Atlético Nacional de Medellín, Colombia. Campeón de la Copa Libertadores de América en dos ocasiones –la última en 2016- es un referente por su estilo de juego para cualquier jugador. Ahora relanza su proyecto en Miami, y Soccerplus está para contar su historia, escuchando a tres de sus directivos: Fernando García, CEO, Patricia Salas, Directora, y Juan Carlos Restrepo, Coach.

Patricia, ¿cuál es la diferencia de la Escuela Atlético Nacional con otras?
Buscamos formar ciudadanos, además de desarrollar el talento en el soccer. Nosotros tenemos tres pilares: ganar, alimentarse sanamente y respetar la marca.

¿Cómo trabajan los valores?
Cada mes tenemos un valor del cual se les habla a los niños. Este mes, el valor es la amabilidad. Antes del entrenamiento se explica la importancia de ser amables. También hacemos una pequeña oración, enseñamos a los niños a tener respeto y valor por Dios.

Fernando, ¿de qué se trata esta reinauguración?
Esto marca una nueva era, vendrán cambios. Uno de ellos es que vamos a entrar a US Soccer, porque vamos a tener equipos competitivos, ya no solo recreativos.

¿Cuántos niños tienen actualmente?
Tenemos más de 60 niños y vamos creciendo día a día. Esperamos tener más canchas para jugar y que la ciudad de Doral nos pueda dar otros espacios.

Juan Carlos, ¿cómo es tu experiencia con los jugadores en la Florida?
Aquí el jugador es más frío, y yo creo que eso es una desventaja porque el soccer es un deporte de contacto. Aquí los padres protegen muchos a los niños. Y, cuando tú juegas soccer, estás expuesto a insultos, empujones, choques.

¿Qué aspectos trabajarás principalmente con los jugadores?
En que sean más sueltos. No tan rígidos, el soccer es diversión. Cuando yo jugaba en el Atlético Nacional, El Director Técnico Pacho Maturana nos decía que “si ustedes saben bailar saben jugar al soccer”. Porque el soccer es ritmo, es movimiento.

Fernando, ¿Cuál será el Torneo que lanzará el Atlético Nacional en Miami?
Será el “Atlético Nacional US CUP”, que desarrollaremos del 1 al 8 de Julio en Kendall Soccer Park. Habrá 32 equipos en categorías de U12 a U23 de diferentes países como Colombia, Ecuador, España, México, Canadá.

¿Cuál es la visión del Club en Miami?
Nuestra visión es la del Atlético Nacional, su estilo de juego, sus bases, y sus valores. Somos cantera del Atlético Nacional, y queremos que los buenos jugadores puedan ir a jugar al Club en Colombia. Somos la primera Escuela del Club en el extranjero, sumándonos a las 22 escuelas que tenemos en Colombia.


Juan Carlos Restrepo
Nació: Medellín
Cumpleaños: Abril 23
Edad: 50 años
Jugó como: Centro delantero
Equipo favorito: Soy fan del soccer

Patricia Salas
Origen: Medellín
Equipo favorito: Atlético Nacional
Jugador Favorito: Andrés Escobar
Comida favorita: bandeja paisa

Nutrition: 4 Powerful Reasons to eat Bananas

Banana fruits are packed with amazing health benefits

These curvy yellow fruits are among the most popular fruits on earth. They are extremely healthy and delicious. As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, bananas are essential to a healthy body. They have benefits for your immune system, bone health and muscular system. And best of all, they are easy to add to your diet.

Here are four health benefits of eating bananas:

•Boost potassium levels

Eating a banana raises your potassium intake by 487 milligrams, about 10 percent of your daily recommended consumption. Potassium is an important mineral for the body since it plays a crucial role in muscle function. Your body loses potassium through your sweat during workout. Deficiencies in potassium can lead to cramping and discomfort

•Increase workout endurance

These famous fruits are a great source of carbohydrates. One banana provides 31 grams of carbs. Eating bananas provides your body with hydrates of carbon that support athletic performance during exercise. Consuming sources of carbohyrates boosts your workout endurance, while a low-carb diet decreases endurance. Bananas are loaded with fast-acting carbohydrates.

•Healing wounds

Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits and an excellent source of manganese. A mineral required by the body for its many health benefits. Manganese helps encourage wound-healing and may be essential for bone health. It also supports performance in sports by aiding your body get the most from meals. A banana contains 0.35 milligrams of manganese or 19 percent of the daily recommended intake.

•Support inmune system
Bananas contain easily assimilable iron, vitamin C and folic acid. Iron helps your body transport oxygen during workout. A banana provides 0.35 milligrams of iron and 12 milligrams of vitamin C, which boost your immune system. Having both of these nutrients present in the same fruit is helpful because vitamin C helps your body ingest iron.

Quick fact: Banana fruits are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic diseases.

Banana smoothie

1 large banana
1/3 cup of walnut pieces
2 cups skimmed milk
1 tablespoon honey
Blend and mix well

Eating bananas can boost your mood

Bananas are a whole lot more than a fruit or a pleasant addition to a morning smoothie. They also promote smiles. Bananas are a good source of vitamin b9, aka folate, a nutrient that may fight depression by increasing a substrate that holds antidepressant properties. In other words, it helps serotonin, the so-called “happy hormone,” enter the brain faster to help improve mood and general feelings of well-being.

Nutrición: 4 razones poderosas para comer bananas

Las bananas están llenas de sorprendentes beneficios para la salud

Estas frutas amarillas y curvas son una de las más populares en la tierra. Son extremadamente saludables y deliciosas. Como fuente de vitaminas, minerales y nutrientes, las bananas son esenciales para tener un organismo saludable. Poseen beneficios para el sistema inmunológico, para la salud ósea y para el sistema muscular. Y lo mejor de todo, son fáciles de agregar a nuestra alimentación.

Aquí te presentamos cuatro beneficios que obtienes al comer bananas:

•Incremento en los niveles de potasio

Al comer una banana aumentas tu ingesta de potasio en 487 miligramos, alrededor del 10 por ciento del consumo diario recomendado. El potasio es un importante mineral para el organismo ya que juega un papel crucial en el funcionamiento de los músculos. Tu cuerpo pierde potasio a través del sudor durante el ejercicio. Las deficiencias de potasio pueden causar calambres e incomodidad.

•Aumenta la resistencia en el entrenamiento

Las populares frutas son una gran fuente de carbohidratos. Una banana provee 31 gramos de carbohidratos. Consumir bananas le brinda a tu cuerpo los hidratos de carbono que benefician el rendimiento atlético durante el ejercicio. Nutrirse con alimentos fuentes de carbohidratos aumenta la resistencia al hacer ejercicio, mientras que una alimentación baja en carbohidratos disminuye la resistencia.
Las bananas están cargadas de carbohidratos de acción rápida.

•Cicatrización de heridas

Las bananas son una de las frutas más saludables y una excelente fuente de manganeso. Un mineral necesiario para el cuerpo por sus beneficios para la salud. El manganeso ayuda a estimular la cicatrización de las heridas y puede ser esencial para la salud ósea. Además sirve para que el cuerpo obtenga el máximo provecho de las comidas y así aumentar el rendimiento en los deportes. Una banana contiene 0.35 miligramos de manganeso o 19 por ciento de la ingesta diaria recomendada.

•Refuerza el sistema inmunológico

Las bananas contienen hierro que se puede asimilar fácilmente, vitamina C y ácido fólico. El hierro ayuda a que el cuerpo transporte oxígeno durante el entrenamiento. Una banana provee 0.35 miligramos de hierro y 12 miligramos de vitamina C, lo que fortalece el sistema inmunológico. Tener ambos nutrientes presentes en la misma fruta es beneficioso porque la vitamina C ayuda al cuerpo a ingerir el hierro.

Banana smoothie

1 large banana
1/3 cup of walnut pieces
2 cups skimmed milk
1 tablespoon honey
Blend and mix well

SERGIO RAMOS: Real Madrid’s Hero

Sergio Ramos, a self-confident and talented leader of Real Madrid, is one of the greatest defenders in the world.

From early childhood he showed great passion for the beautiful game, he went everywhere with a ball at his feet. Sergio Ramos, the exceptional Spanish player is a champion. He definitely knows how to win, both as an individual and as part of a team. Real Madrid’s Captain is known around the world for his defensive abilities, speed, versatility and powerful shooting.

Destined for success

From the moment Ramos made Spanish national debut at the age of 19, the Andalusian player has been destined for success. The name Sergio Ramos is associated with two great Spanish clubs, Sevilla and Real Madrid. After breaking through into the Sevilla squad, Los Blancos bought the full back for a record fee for a Spanish teenager. The classy defender was given the legendary Fernando Hierro’s No. 4 jersey. Ramos has been a pillar in the club’s defense since joining Real Madrid in 2005.

Key moments

Defenders who regularly net in big games are a rare commodity. However, Spanish star, Sergio Ramos is one of them. The 30-year-old player has the ability to save matches or change results for his team. Ramos appears in the most crucial moments with goals that give trophies and championships. He is admired by his teammates since he constantly delivers for Real Madrid in key moments. The Spain international has, amazingly, netted 64 goals for the club in the last few minutes of the game. There is no doubt, Ramos has been a vital player for Real Madrid not only of late but for the whole 12 seasons he has been playing for Los Blancos.


Full name: Sergio Ramos García
Place of birth: Camas, Spain
Date of birth: March 30, 1986
Height: 6 ft. 0 in
Weight: 75 kg
Playing position: Defender


Sevilla B (Spain, 2003-2004)
Sevilla (Spain, 2004-2005)
Real Madrid (Spain, 2005 – present)


2 UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16
2 FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016
3 La Liga: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
2 Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
2 Supercopa de España: 2008, 2012
2 UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016
2 UEFA European Championship: 2008,2012
FIFA World Cup: 2010


“I’m a strong character and I am committed to my club”

Cristiano Ronaldo: Global Soccer Icon

Portugal National Team captain and Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in the world.

From his early days in Sporting Lisbon to the glory days in Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was always destined for greatness. Born as the fifth child to a cook and a gardener, Cristiano’s road to success was full of challenges and difficulties. Gifted with exceptional ability to beat opponent players and to find the goal from any angle, the Portuguese player is fast, tricky, powerful and definitely a modern soccer hero.

Amazing talent

At the age of 18 Cristiano Ronaldo was already playing for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary United coach, was so impressed by Cristiano’s talent that the club launched a $15.9 million bid. The transfer fee made Cristiano, at the time, the most expensive teenager in history of English soccer. Ronaldo became Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player, who quickly evolved into the team’s most important player and went on to become one of the greatest players in Premier League history.

A brilliant year

The Portuguese attacker has scored 51 goals in 55 games for his club Real Madrid and Portugal National Soccer Team during 2016. Ronaldo played an important role in Real Madrid’s triumph against rival Atletico Madrid to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time. Then, assisting Portugal National Team at Euro 2016 in France to win a transcendental international trophy for the first time.  After unbelievable 12 months, Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable run of success continues.  Real Madrid star won the Ballon d’Or award for the best soccer player in the World. It is the fourth time the 31-year-old Portuguese icon has won the award previously winning it in 2008, 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Place of birth: Madeira, Portugal
Date of birth: February 5, 1985
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 80 kg
Parents: Maria Dolores and José Dinis
Playing position: Forward

Sporting CP (Portugal, 2002-2003)
Manchester United (England, 2003-2009)
Real Madrid (Spain, 2009 – present)


3 Premier League: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
1 FA Cup: 2003–04
2 Football League Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09
1 FA Community Shield: 2007
3 UEFA Champions League: 2007–08, 2013–14, 2015–16
3 FIFA Club World Cup: 2008, 2014, 2016
1 La Liga: 2011–12
2 Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
1 Supercopa de España: 2012
2 UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016
1 UEFA European Championship: 2016

“I am an ambitious player with only one objective: victory for my team”

FIFA 2016 CR7, The Best.
Cristiano was voted the Men’s Player of the Year last January 9th.  Besides this tittle, he was named Champions League top scorer as Madrid won the competition in Milan, he was also IFHHS World’s Best Top Goalscorer, won the Globe Soccer Best Player of the Year, World Soccer’s player of the year and the Best European Sportsman award.  2016 was Cristiano Ronaldo’s year and the best year for Real Madrid that contributed with 5 of the best players: Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos and  Modric played with: ‘The Best’ CR7.

Voting for The Best Men’s player:
Cristiano Ronaldo     (34,54%)
Messi     (26,42%)
Griezmann     (7,53%)
Neymar     (6,23%)
Luis Suárez     (5,11%)

Unexpected Hexagonal: The U.S. National Team in deep trouble for World Cup qualification

The qualifying process in the CONCACAF region ended with great surprises. The first two games of the hexagonal made it clear which teams almost have a spot in Russia and those that will have to struggle to get one. The USMNT got off to a bad start: a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus and a 4-0 humiliating defeat by Costa Rica. The stars and stripes are bottom of the six-nation group. Costa Rica is the big surprise by leading the hex with two convincing victories, and a good goal difference. Mexico moved up to second place. Panama and Honduras are also battling for a spot.


Klinsmann’s poor results got him fired at the end of last year.  And Bruce Arena arrived who coached the U.S. national team from 1998–2006, leading them to the quarterfinal round of the 2002 World Cup. He was fired after a disappointing performance during the group stage elimination in the 2006 World Cup. The five-time MLS Cup champion has now been given a second chance. He arrives with far more experience than he had when his first national team. With a new coach and a few months to prepare, our team looks to accomplish a difficult but not an impossible task.

What to expect

Costa Rica
Los Ticos expect to win their CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, regardless of the opponent. Costa Rica sits alone at the top of the six-team hexagonal field.

Mexico national team started the year with optimism. Three of its next four qualifiers are at home, El Tri has a great opportunity to clinch its place.

Los Canaleros are aiming for their first world finals. “If we can win our home matches, we’re through to the World Cup”, said defensive Roman Torres.

The team hopes to make a third World Cup in a row. The goal of Los Catrachos is to finish among the top three to secure an automatic berth to Russia 2018.

Trinidad and Tobago
The team is participating in its first hexagonal since 2010, unfortunately has failed to take a single point. The Soca Warriors’ hope for a fresh start.

Despite bad results, they’re still favorites to finish in the top three. “We have enough talent to build a good team and end up in Russia,” said Arena.