Train to Corcovado

Sept 26 -I- Corcovado

We go (Cony and me)  with the train up to the "Corcovado", where the world-famous 38 meters high statue of "Cristo Redentor" reigns over the city of Rio de Janeiro.


Foot volley Rio

Sept 25 – Futevolei @ Copacabana

Today, the production team (Stefan, Cony and Sascha) are looking for older adults playing foot-volley on the sand of Copacana. This sport was born on these beaches, and has an own "futevolei" webiste, as Mr. Selmo (a local)  told us.


Thiago N at Flamengo

Sept 24 – Flamengo match

Today FLAMENGO plays against America G at Engenhao stadium. The attendance is less than 10000 people (FLA has no wins in the last 10, after having won the Campeonado Carioca in the spring). Before the match, our team can film all the locker roon activities, including the warm up, performed in aroom inside the stadium (a typical ritual in Brasil). Finally FLA wins 2:1, with our friend Thiago Neves (jersey nr 7) scoring the game winning goal.

R10 at training

Sept 23 – Flamengo 1. Team

In the afternoon the first team of FLAMENGO has a light training, because on the next day an official match of the brasilian championsship is scheduled. We can film players in the gym, in the medical room (with our friend Dr. José Runco), at the physio, on the pitch, and do interviews with star player Thiago Neves and renowned coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo. Ronaldinho shows up briefly and disappears in the massage room.

Flamengo youth team

Sept 23 – Flamengo youth team

This morning we visit the FLAMENGO training center outside Rio. All youth teams have incorporated since months the 11+ program in their training sessions. We've the opportunity to film with the U-15 team, to interview few kids, the athletic trainers and our friend Dr. Marcio Tannure.

Rio de Janeiro

11+ F-MARC team in Rio, Brasil

From September 22 to 27, we'll be in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil to collect filming material for the planned "11+ documentary".

The following highlights are scheduled: Flamengo youth team, Flamengo first team, Brasil Female National Team, and Brasil National Team star players as Neymar and Ronaldinho.

The F-MARC team: Stefan Klameth, Cony von Grebel, Sascha Felix and myself.

Marcel J at training

Marcel J

Compliments my friend Marcel (Jenni, Nr. 10, Kloten Flyers). At the age of 37 years, and 6.5 months after a major knee  reconstructive surgery, he gave his come back in an official Swiss National League game in Lugano. Marcel worked very hard and seriously (also at "Hossli's House of Pain") for this goal!

USA flag


A special thought to remember that day "9/11", experienced 10 years ago together with my friends at the University of Pittsburgh, Physical Therapy and the UPMC Sports Medicine ...

U-20 winners 2011

FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia

Brazil claim impressive fifth title

Brazil claimed their fifth FIFA U-20 World Cup crown on Saturday, beating Portugalafter extra time in Bogota, the first time they have won the competition since 2003.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 ended as it began, with rain teeming down in prelude to the match for third place at El Campin in Bogota.
And for the second time in the competition, following on from their fightback in the Round of 16 against Cameroon, Mexico came from behind to beat France and take third place on the podium, El Tri’s best finish in the competition since 1977, when they ended runners-up. Les Bleuets did not go away too disappointed, however, having completed their best ever campaign in the competition, despite conceding 12 goals, the joint-worst defensive record alongside Costa Rica and Guatemala.
The battle for the bronze medal was followed by the tournament showpiece, in which Brazil claimed their fifth title in the category, avenging the penalty shoot-out defeat they suffered against Portugal 20 years ago and erasing the memory of their loss on penalties to Ghana in the Egypt 2009 final.


Esse Baharmast wins the Gold Whistle Award 2011

On Tuesday August 2, 2011 in Atlanta (USA), the NASO (National Association of Sports Officials) Gold Whistle Award was given to my friend Esse Baharmast (FIFA Referee Technical Instructor), in recognition of his significant contributions to the betterment of sports officials. It's the first time ever that a soccer referee receives this prestigiuos award (former honorees were from NFL; MLB, NBA, and NHL only).

Esse may have no equal when it comes to soccer officiating in the United States. Among his accomplishments are working the 1993 World University Games, 1994 Pan American Games, and the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He officiated the inaugural MLS game in 1996. He also officiated three games at the 1996 Olympics, becoming the only American referee to officiate an Olympic semifinal (Argentina-Portugal).  He is perhaps most well known for a call in the final minute of a match in the 1998 World Cup between Brazil and Norway. While TV broadcasts could not see it clearly, Baharmast whistled a foul in the penalty area as a player for Brazil grabbed one of his opponents. Baharmast was criticized heavily in the media until a Swedish TV film clearly showed he was correct. At that World Cup, he became the only American referee to ever take charge of two matches at the World Cup level. Upon retiring from the field, Esse has served both U.S. Soccer and FIFA in an administrative role. He currently works for FIFA as the technical instructor in charge of elite referees from CONCACAF and Oceania confederations. He also served two terms on the NASO Board of Directors and has continued to be involved with the organization for a number of years.


Mitsu & Mario @ U-20

Again I'm reunited with my very good friend Mitsu (Mitsunori Tsumaki), from the Tokyo College of Medical Sports, during a FIFA World Cup. We're here in Bogotà, Colombia for the U-20 tournament (19/7-20/8/11), and we ensure the medical coverage (on behalf of F-MARC) of the FIFA referee's team. Several friends are  working in the staff: Claudio Pilot, Esse Baharmast, Leslie Irvine, Fernando Tresaco Gracia, Alejo Perez Leguizamon, Manuel Lopez, only to name a few of them.

Uru champions CA 2011

Copa America 2011

Uruguay wins the Copa America 2011 beating Paraguay 3:0 by goals of Diego Forlan (2) and Luis Suarez (1).

The final was played in the famous "Monumental" stadion (home of the River Plate club) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My friends Ernesto Filippi (Technical Instructor) and Gustavo de Renzis (Medical-Physio) were in the referee's staff.