Edmílson: “Marcet shares very similar values to ours”

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During his visit to the Academy, the former Barcelona player emphasized, “At Marcet, you make progress, you get closer to European football, and prepare for the market.”

Edmílson’s legacy in the football world remains vibrant through his successful career with clubs like FC Barcelona and Olympique de Lyon and his commitment to developing young talents. The World Cup champion with Brazil in 2002 shares his perspective on training through football and the harmonious synergy between institutions like Marcet and his Club, FC SKA Brasil.

“I believe that Marcet shares very similar values to what we preach, and this aids in the adaptation of our athletes transitioning from Brazil to Barcelona,” explains the President of Ska Brasil. It’s a dream Edmílson had to remain connected to football post-retirement by shaping athletes and citizens. Established in 2019, the organization is anchored in five values: Commitment, Respect, Joy, Creativity, and Humility. “We aim for our youth to become exemplary citizens for society, even if they don’t become professionals,” asserts Edmílson.

Most Brazilian athletes who join the Club come from humble and marginalized backgrounds. Football is a socio-educational tool for someone who played alongside Messi and Ronaldinho in Barcelona. “I believe that sports can transform lives, integrate youth into society, and offer educational and employment opportunities,” he assures.

The similarity in the purposes of both organizations motivated the approach and collaboration. “I have known Marcet for many years since I lived in Barcelona. I’ve always liked the format and the proposal it has for young people,” confesses the 2006 Champions League champion. In sporting terms, he adds, “At Marcet, you progress, get closer to European football, and prepare yourself for the market.” Furthermore, Edmílson mentions that in 2021, they loaned Felipe Charles, and more recently, Caio Marques. “We understand that the experience here helps our young players mature as athletes and citizens,” he concludes.

It’s incredibly impactful that figures like Edmílson, a World Cup and Champions League winner, emphasize the significance of nurturing valuable individuals through football, not just professionals. This perspective unites Marcet and SKA Brasil, demonstrating that sports can drive personal and societal growth, combining young talents on a path to comprehensive success.

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