Futsal Dinamo to represent Croatia in World Futsal Cup VI

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In 2012, Croatia hosted the UEFA Futsal EURO (European Championships). That same year, Futsal Dinamo was created. Since then, coaches and players have laid the foundation for a club whose fans and members own and run operations. To talk about this interesting model, we sat down with Joraj Cosic, director of Futsal Dinamo. In a candid interview, we talked about the players he’s bringing to World Futsal Cup VI, his dream for the club and how he’s preparing his players for what will be their biggest tournament yet.
USA Futsal: What should our readers know about you?

Cosic: Futsal Dinamo was founded in 2012. It competed with limited success in Croatian second futsal division, but in spring of 2014, the club took-off properly when Bad Blue Boys, the Zagreb-based supporter group of NK Dinamo, got involved in the club. Since then we secured a comfortable promotion to the top tier and have been competing for the title.

USA Futsal: How are you different from other futsal clubs?

Cosic: We are a fan-owned club that functions on 'one member – one vote' principle. Every member of the club is its owner and has a possibility to vote and steer the club in the direction in which majority of fans wants to see the club moving. Since the Bad Blue Boys were repressed out from our stadium, the idea was to gather all Dinamo fans around our futsal club so that the tradition of supporting Dinamo survives through our futsal club.

USA Futsal: That’s an interesting model. Why choose to be a fan-governed club?

Cosic: Our mission is to represent our name and colours wherever we play and to promote fan-owned governance as an ideal and long-term success model of sports club governance. We believe that club is above all individuals when it is run by its fans/members and that no individual can hold exclusive rights on Dinamo because fans are the club.

USA Futsal: Croatia made its debut in the World Cup in ’94, how has the futsal landscape in the country helped to define the club and its goals?

Cosic: Compared to some other countries it is safe to say that futsal is very competitive in Croatia. There are many very talented players that emerge every year and it is very interesting to follow the development of these young players. Professional futsal is still in its infancy since not all clubs can afford all the expenses of professionalism. However, we have put ourselves in the mix and through innovations and high level of competitiveness, we strive to move everybody towards more a professional approach. Luckily, others will follow and we will be able to better position Croatia on a European and World futsal map. Talent is here, we just have to utilize it.

USA Futsal: I imagine you have very regimented training sessions, what is your secret to preparing for World Futsal Cup VI this December?

Cosic: We have a serious approach to this Cup. We will hold a number of intra-squad tournaments to get the best possible selection of young players to represent our club in Barcelona. Our expectations are that the tournament will be a competitive one with many different playing styles from around the world. We are excited to be part of it and really looking forward to the start of the tournament.

USA Futsal: From what we’ve seen, your players are in a good spot for the tournament; have you trained with international teams?

Cosic: Yes, we played in one tournament in Croatia, with teams from five different countries. It was a great experience for players and staff, but the World Futsal Cup VI is totally different story. Our Club will have our own international tournament for U17 and U19 category in December. Its great way to make a new friendship and partners.

USA Futsal: What do you hope your players get out of this experience?

Cosic: Since this is our first appearance on such tournament, we will strive to take as many positives as possible, but letting these young players enjoy themselves, play futsal and gather experience for their future career is the most important thing that we expect to get from this tournament. There is no doubt that our young players will come out as better players and people after this tournament is finished.

USA Futsal: No doubt. They will meet many teams and get exposure to different styles of play from the best youth teams. But tell me, as a coach, what will be (or what has been) your club’s greatest achievement?

Cosic:  Some of our most notable achievements are a dominant promotion to the top tier a few years back and our participation in every season playoffs since then. I think the best is yet to come and I am confident that we are on a correct path. We are getting closer to the title every year and clinching that one will be our best achievement so far. It is what we owe to our fantastic fans and ourselves. I would also highlight our open approach to the fans and our members. We want all our fans and members to feel as a part of the community and Dinamo family. I think that our strong foundations are our best achievement.

USA Futsal: You mentioned you’re selecting the best players from your club for the tournament, anything you can tell our readers about them?

Cosic: I can only promise you that they will represent our trademark attacking style of play and that they will give their best to promote our club in best possible fashion on this big international scene.

Unindo família e esporte: pai funda Hyper Futsal para passar legado do esporte para seu filho

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Ex-jogador profissional, Wilson Matos vive em Washington desde 1997. Contudo, sua paixão pelo futsal nunca diminuiu, e quando viu que não havia clubes na sua área, criou o Hyper D.C em 2014. Sua ideia é transmitir seu amor pelo esporte para seu filho.

“O futsal está se popularizando em D.C. Depois dos resultados que o clube teve durante os últimos três anos em torneios locais, regionais e nacionais, mais jogadores da academia estão se inscrevendo em nosso programa de futsal,” afirmou Matos.

Dizer que os resultados são bons é humildade de Matos, já que os resultados são impressionantes.

Eles foram finalistas de todos os principais torneios de futsal que jogaram nos Estados Unidos a nível regional e nacional. No ano passado, ganharam a categoria Benjamin da World Futsal Championships com cinco vitórias em cinco jogos. Na categoria Alevin, tiveram três vitórias e duas derrotas.

Em 2018, o Hyper DC planeja viajar ao Brasil, onde os jogadores terão treinamentos com o Pulo do Gato, clube da cidade de Campinas.

Se provando na Espanha

Os mesmos jogadores que ganharam os torneios dos Estados Unidos vão à Espanha em Dezembro para provar-se na World Futsal Cup VI. Matos sabe que os oponentes são muito fortes, mas está seguro que seus jogadores vão impressionar na Europa.

“Todos nossos jogadores são atletas da USSDA, e portanto treinam no nível mais alto, três vezes por semana no futebol e duas vezes por semana no futsal,” disse o treinador. “Sou consciente do jogo que enfrentaremos na Espanha, mas estamos preparados para competir com qualquer equipe.”

Mezclando la familia y el deporte: Hyper Futsal fundado por padre para pasar su amor por el deporte al hijo

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El ex jugador profesional, Wilson Matos ha vivido en Washington D.C. desde 1997; Sin embargo, su pasión por el fútbol sala nunca disminuyó, y cuando vio que no había clubes en el área, creó Hyper DC en 2014. Su esperanza es transmitirle su  amor por el deporte para su hijo.

"El fútbol sala en D.C. se está popularizando. Después de los resultados que tuvo el club durante los últimos tres años en torneos locales, regionales y nacionales, más jugadores de la academia se están inscribiendo para nuestro programa de fútbol sala," dijo Matos.

Decir que sus resultados han sido excelentes es humilde de Matos, sus resultados han sido bastante impresionantes.

Han sido finalistas de todos los principales torneos de fútbol sala que jugaron en los Estados Unidos a nivel regional y nacional. El año pasado, ganaron la categoría Benjamin del World Futsal Championships con cinco victorias en cinco juegos. En la categoría Alevin ganaron tres victorias y tuvieron dos derrotas.

En 2018, DC Hyper planea viajar a Brasil donde los jugadores completarán sesiones de entrenamiento con Pulo do Gato, un club de la ciudad de Campinas.

Probándose en España

Los mismos jugadores que ganaron los torneos de los Estados Unidos van a ir a España este Diciembre para probarse en el World Futsal Cup VI. Matos sabe que los oponentes de su jugadores son muy fuertes, pero está seguro de que sus jugadores impresionarán a la multitud en Europa.

"Todos nuestros jugadores son jugadores del USSDA por lo tanto, entrenan al nivel más alto al aire libre al menos tres veces por semana y pasan dos días de la semana entrenando fútbol sala con nosotros," dijo el entrenador. "Soy consciente del nivel de juego que enfrentaremos en España, así que nos estamos preparando para competir contra cualquier equipo."

Family and sports blending: DC Hyper founded by father to pass futsal legacy to son

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Former professional player, Wilson Matos has been living in Washington D.C. since 1997; However, his passion for futsal never diminished, and when he saw that there were no clubs in the area, he created DC  Hyper in 2014. His hope is to pass on his love of the sport to his son.

“Futsal in D.C. is getting popular now. After great results from the club over the last three years in local, regional and national tournaments, more academy kids are signing up for our futsal program,” said Matos.

To say that their results have been great is humble of Matos--their results have been quite impressive.

They have been finalists of all the major futsal tournaments they played in the U.S. at the regional and national level. This past year, they won the Benjamin category of the 2017 World Futsal Championships with five victories in five games. In the Alevin category they had three victories and two defeats.

In 2018, DC  Hyper plans to travel to Brazil where players will complete training sessions with Pulo do Gato, a club from the city of Campinas.

Testing themselves in Spain

The same players that won the U.S. tournaments this year will go to Spain in December to test themselves at World Futsal Cup VI. Matos knows his player's opponents are mighty but he is confident that his young players will impress the crowd in Europe.

“All our players are USSDA players so they are all training at the highest level outdoors at least three times per week and they spend two days of the week training futsal with us,” said the coach. “I'm aware of the level of play we will be facing in Spain so we are getting ready to compete against any team.”

Badral / RAD desarrolla a sus jugadores del World Futsal Cup VI en jugadores profesionales de fútbol sala

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En 1998, jugadores de la Universidad Maikai formaron el club de fútbol sala Badral /RAD. Ahora, después de casi 20 años, han participado en múltiples torneos internacionales.

Los planes del club para el futuro son ambiciosos, con la vista puesta en el  World Futsal Cup VI este Diciembre.

"Queremos que los jugadores que compitan en el  World Futsal Cup VI alcancen el nivel profesional en el futuro y ganen títulos en Japón," dijo Kenzuke Takahashi, entrenador principal del equipo.

El año pasado, Badral / RAD jugó en las categorías Juvenil, Infantil y Cadete en el World Futsal Cup V, llegando a la semifinal en estas dos últimas categorías  y jugando contra clubes con mucha experiencia como Corinthians y FC Barcelona.

Uno de sus jugadores, Shutaro Nakashima, hizo olas despues ser reclutado por el equipo profesional brasileño Intelli Futsal después del torneo.

El nivel de juego en  el World Futsal Cup ha atraído históricamente a los mejores talentos, atrayendo sa los electores mas élite y entrenadores a los partidos. Intelli es uno de los clubes más prestigiosos de Brasil y fue el hogar de Falcão, la estrella de fútbol sala más grande de todos los tiempos.

Después de ver el éxito que Nakashima tuvo el año pasado, los jugadores de Badral / RAD sueñan con las posibilidades que les ofrece el World Futsal Cup VI. Han estado entrenando por meses y están listos para mostrar sus habilidades en España.



Badral/RAD developing World Futsal Cup VI players into professional futsal players

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In 1998, players from Maikai University formed futsal club Badral/RAD. Now, with almost 20 years under their belt, they have participated in multiple international tournaments.
The club's plans for the future are ambitious, with their sights set on World Futsal Cup VI this December.

“We want players who compete in World Futsal Cup VI to reach the professional level in the future and go on to win titles in Japan,” said Kenzuke Takahashi, head coach.

Last year, Badral/RAD played in the Juvenil, Infantil and Cadete categories at World Futsal Cup V, reaching the semifinal in these last two and playing against seasoned clubs like Corinthians and FC Barcelona.

One of their players, Shutaro Nakashima, made headlines after being recruited by pro Brazilian outfit Intelli Futsal after the tournament.

The level of play at the World Futsal Cup has historically drawn top talent, bringing elite scouts and coaches to the matches. Intelli is one of the most prestigious clubs in Brazil and was home to Falcão, the biggest futsal star of all time.

After seeing the success that Nakashima enjoyed last year, the young squads of Badral/RAD dream about the possibilities provided by World Futsal Cup VI. They have been tirelessly training for months and are ready to showcase their skill in Spain.


Badral/RAD transforma jogadores da World Futsal Cup VI em atletas profissionais

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Em 1998, jogadores da Universidade Maikai formaram o clube de futsal Badral/RAD. Quase 20 anos depois, eles já participaram de muitos torneios internacionais.

Os planos do time para o futuro são ambiciosos, começando com a World Futsal Cup VI, que será disputada neste mês de dezembro.

“Queremos que os jogadores que competirão na World Futsal Cup VI alcancem o nível profissional e ganhem títulos no Japão,” disse Kenzuke Takahashi, treinador da equipe.

No ano passado, Badral/RAD disputou as categorias Juvenil, Infantil e Cadete da World Futsal Cup V, chegando as semifinais nas últimas duas categorias e jogando contra clubes de muita experiência como Corinthians e FC Barcelona.

Um de seus jogadores, Shutaro Nakashima, foi observado e contratado pela equipe brasileira Intelli Futsal depois do torneio.

O nível de jogo da World Futsal Cup historicamente atraiu os melhores talentos e os melhores treinadores para assistir as partidas. Intelli é um dos maiores clubes do Brasil e foi por alguns anos o lar de Falcão, a maior estrela do esporte em todos os tempos.

Depois do êxito de Nakashima no ano passado, os jogadores do Badral/RAD sonham com as possibilidades oferecidas pela World Futsal Cup VI. Eles treinaram por meses e estão prontos para mostrar suas habilidades na Espanha.

Olé Futsal lidera la revolución del fútbol sala en Inglaterra

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Con una inversión de £ 300,000 para desarrollar el fútbol sala en escuelas, colegios y ligas de fútbol juvenil, el English Football Association y la Football Foundation han consolidado planes para impulsar el crecimiento del fútbol sala en Inglaterra en los próximos años.

Olé Futsal es uno de los líderes de la revolución del fútbol sala en Inglaterra.

Con sede en Essex, el club ha jugado en múltiples torneos en Europa con muy buenos resultados. Este año, jugaron en el Futsal Week Zadar Cup en Croacia y en el Manchester Futsal International Tournament, donde su equipo juvenil ganó un título.

El año pasado, ganaron la categoría Alevin superando al FC Barcelona en la final del World Futsal Cup V. El juego terminó 2-2, y el equipo inglés ganó 4-3 en los penaltis.

En la categoría Benjamin, el equipo llegó a la ronda final pero perdió ante el equipo brasileño Santos (6-2).

El torneo terminó con una alta nota para Olé Futsal, mientras que los jugadores Riley Owen y Sydie Peck se llevaron a casa el premio por Most Valuable Player (MVP), dado a los jugadores más valiosos.

Este Diciembre, el equipo planea competir en las mismas categorías en el World Futsal Cup VI.

"Lo que Olé ha logrado en el World Futsal Cup es increíble. El club tiene solo unos pocos años, pero su nivel de juego es igual al de clubes de renombre como Santos y FC Barcelona. Ahora vienen con expectativa, pero estoy seguro de que ellos continuarán en una trayectoria ascendente," dijo Doug Reed, director de torneo del World Futsal Cup VI.

Con un estilo de juego elevado y la determinación de seguir adelante, Olé Futsal está liderando la revolución del fútbol sala desde Essex.

Este Diciembre se retarán una vez más en el World Futsal Cup VI. Este joven equipo será uno para observar.

Olé Futsal lidera a revolução do futsal na Inglaterra

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Com um investimento de 300 mil libras para desenvolver o futsal em escolas, colégios e ligas de futebol juvenis, a Federação de Futebol da Inglaterra consolidou um plano para impulsionar o crescimento do futsal no país nos próximos anos.

Um dos líderes da revolução do futsal na Inglaterra é o Olé Futsal.

Com sede em Essex, o clube disputou diversos torneios na Europa com resultados expressivos. Este ano, eles jogaram o Futsal Week Zadar Cup na Croácia e o Manchester Futsal International Tournament, onde a equipe juvenil acabou campeã.

No ano passado, ganharam a categoria Alevin superando o FC Barceona na final da World Futsal Cup V. O jogo terminou 2-2, e a equipe inglesa ganhou por 4-3 nos pênaltis. Além disso, os jogadores Riley Owen e Sydie Peck dividiram e levaram para casa o prêmio de Most Valuable Player (MVP) da competição.

Na categoria Benjamin, a equipe chegou a final mas perdeu para o Santos, do Brasil, por 6-2.

Neste dezembro, a equipe irá competir nas mesmas categorias na World Futsal Cup VI.

“O que o Olé conseguiu na última World Futsal Cup é incrível. O clube tem poucos anos, mas seu nível de jogo é igual ao de clubes de renome como Santos e FC Barceona. Agora eles vêm com grande expectativa, e estou seguro que eles continuarão em uma trajetória ascendente”, declarou Doug Reed, diretor do torneio World Futsal Cup VI.

Com um estilo de jogo elevado e a determinação de seguir adiante, o Olé Futsal está liderando a revolução do futsal a partir de Essex. Neste dezembro eles serão desafiados mais uma vez na World Futsal Cup VI, e com certeza essa jovem equipe é uma das que precisam ser observadas.

Olé Futsal leads the futsal revolution in England

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With an investment of £300,000 to develop futsal in schools, colleges and youth soccer leagues, the English Football Association and Football Foundation has cemented  plans to drive the growth of futsal in England in coming years.

Olé Futsal is one of the leaders of the futsal revolution in England.

Based in Essex, the club has played multiple tournaments across Europe with great results. This year, they played the Futsal Week Zadar Cup in Croatia and the Manchester Futsal International Tournament where their youth team won a title.

In last year's World Futsal Cup V, they won the Alevin category beating FC Barcelona in the final. The game finished 2-2, and the English side won by 4-3 on the penalties.

In the Benjamin category, the team made it to the finals but lost to Brazilian team Santos (6-2).

The tournament ended on a high note for Olé Futsal as players  Riley Owen and Sydie Peck took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

This December, the team plans to compete in the same categories at World Futsal Cup VI.

"What Olé have achieved at the World Futsal Cup is quite incredible. The club is only a few years old but their level of play is equal to that of renowned clubs such as Santos and FC Barcelona. They now come with expectation but I am sure they will continue on an upward trajectory," said Doug Reed, tournament director of  World Futsal Cup VI.

With an elevated style of play and the determination to move forward, Olé Futsal is leading the futsal revolution from Essex. They will prove themselves once again at World Futsal Cup VI. This young team will be one to watch.