An ‘unconventional’ striker


Alan Godoy is selected for his national team the same year he signs to Deportivo Alavés.

He defines himself as an “unconventional” striker. Scoring goals simply isn’t enough. He also appreciates the aesthetics of football and likes to show off with “rabonas, backheels and roulettes”. Alan Godoy (Las Palmas, 05/04/2003) has a strong personality, which shows both on and off the field. He has just signed for Deportivo Alavés and received a call from the Spanish U-16s team and is here to talk to us about his time at Marcet as a child.

Question.- How did you come about the High-Performance Academy?

Answer.- A friend of mine who had been at Marcet kept telling me how it had been one of his best footballing experiences. So I decided to give it a go. I started off with an intensive summer course. They then proposed I stay all year for the Professional Program. My family and I thought about it for some time and ended up deciding that it was a good option if I was looking to improve.

P.- And you improved?

A.- Yes. I learned a lot on and off the pitch, collectively and socially… It was one of the years that I felt I had progressed the most technically and personally.

Alan Godoy durante un entrenamiento en la Academia de Alto Rendimiento Marcet.
Alan Godoy during a training session at Marcet High Performance Academy.

Q.- What happened, career-wise, for you after your experience here?

R.- After Marcet I signed with Atlético de Madrid. Then UD Las Palmas and finally this season, I’ve joined Alavés.

Q.- What has been an especially gratifying moment so far?

R.- Getting called in by the national team. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury just two days before we were supposed to get together and I couldn’t go. But I am sure I’ll be back next time around.

“If you’re losing a game and your legs are giving in, it’s up to your heart to keep you going”

Q.- Did you have a hard time getting to where you are now?

R.- There have been a lot of sacrifices. I left home when I was still a child to enroll in Professional Program full time. I arrived in Barcelona at the age of 12.

Q.- What do you need to be successful in football?

A.- Work is key, day in, day out. If one day you’re not feeling one hundred per cent, football has to make you feel good and turn that day around. If you’re losing a game and your legs are giving in, it’s up to your heart to keep you going. It takes constant effort and perseverance.



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