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Marco working with NSCAA at World Cup

Check out what the BU men’s soccer coach has been up to in Brazil

June 16, 2014

Marco working with NSCAA at World Cup

Marco and the staff at Laina's Place, where he has been staying in Natal.

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University men’s soccer coach Paul Marco has been in Brazil for a week covering the World Cup for the National College Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA). Despite rain for much of the week, it has been a trip of a lifetime for him.

Having been part of the NSCAA national staff for over two decades, Marco was selected to teach a World Cup Diploma course on site. He will be at the US-Ghana match as well as the Spain-Chile game on Wednesday. The first match he covered was last Friday’s Mexico-Cameron match. The context of his course will be match analysis.

Here are some updates he has sent since the opening ceremonies started last Thursday.

Day One (Thursday):

“Opening ceremonies and the first match we watched at an open air mall! The place was packed and nearly all were wearing Brazil famous yellow tops.”

Day Two (Friday):

“Rain….We went to the Mexico-Cameron game”

Day Three (Saturday)

“More rain…We went on a bus tour of Natal! as the rain was pouring like I have never seen. Barry (a fellow NSCAA Coach) and I gave a presentation in the afternoon.”

Day Four (Sunday)

“More rain all morning but stopped in the afternoon watched all three matches. Outstanding games so far. It’s been a terrific start to the World Cup.”

Day Five (Monday)

“We fly to Rio tomorrow night. Baxter (his stuffed replica of the BU mascot) is excited to get to tomorrow’s game and a little nervous about the flight.”

Some Other Notes:

Mike Foss of USA Today was with the NSCAA Coaches during the Mexico-Cameroon match. He was friends with one of the coaches and filed this report.

Link to USA Today Story

Marco has been staying Laina’s Place during his first few nights in Brazil. The owner of Laina’s place is Miguel de Lima, a prominent Brazilian soccer player who was once an assistant coach for the New York Cosmos of the old North American Soccer League (NASL). His daughter has been the host for the NSCAA Coaches during their time in Natal! Sunday was Coach Marco’s birthday and the staff at Laina’s threw him a party.


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