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midfielder Danilo has played a significant role in the
transformation of the Binghamton men's soccer team since he arrived
three years ago. The Bearcats, who went 2-17 in 2001, have won
the 2003 America East Conference title, advanced to the second
round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and have been nationally ranked
in both 2004 as well as this season.
Definitely I had the best summer ever. Practicing everyday in such a high level, since we had some of the best college players in the country, made me a lot better. And by playing so many games, against good players as well, I also improved my experience and game shape. The best part of my experience was playing the Kansas City Wizards from the MLS because I played against some of the top pro players in the U.S. Also, the PDL final on a national broadcast because the pressure I felt by playing a big final, and still being able to play my best game.
You came here from Brazil three years ago. How difficult was
to make the transition to the American game and the American
You have been recognized not just for you accomplishments on
the field, but also in the classroom. What is the key to balancing
athletics and academics for you?
What are you plans for after graduation, both on and off the
5. You arrived at Binghamton the same time as head coach Paul Marco. Talk about the impact that he has had on the Binghamton soccer program.
It is too simple. We were ranked #198 three seasons ago. Now, we are frequently in the Top 25, and trust me, we will be higher soon. We won one conference title and lost one final in three years. People today see soccer as one of the best programs in the school and I agree about that. Soon, we will have a great stadium for soccer and I can see that helping Binghamton to be recognized as one of the top soccer programs in the country in few years. Unfortunately I wont be in here, but my class will leave with heads up, because we have done a good job, and most of this we thank not only to Marco's dedication, but also to (John) Scott's and (Scott) Craig's.
The soccer team has had so many great moments the past two seasons.
If you had to go back and relive one of those moments, what would
it be and why?
7. How much motivation does the team having from the way last season ended? How about you personally?
Both the team and I want to have other chance to play the conference final and change something we couldn't have done last year. Since its my senior sesion, better I get that done now. We lost to a great team, but in a game we had played better and we were six minutes away from the title. Personally, that PK I missed was the worse moment I have ever lived in soccer and if I need any reason to run and work harder this season I just need to remember the feeling I had when I saw the trophy going to someone else's hands.
8. Very few people actually know your last name. Why is it so common for soccer players in Brazil to only go by their first name?
In Brazil many times I don't know my best friend's last name because we have the tradition to use first names. Of course, I have a last name and even a middle name. Nice to meet you, I am Danilo Rocha Oliveira. But you won't find many people who like to be called by their last names; I guess because it looks like odd. If you call me Oliveira, I will feel you are calling for my dad and not for me. So, I asked coach to not use my last name at the roster when I first got in here. This summer in Des Moines, I wanted to kill whoever used to call me by Oliveira, because on the roster they didnt want to have only Danilo. One example about how much I don't like last names is that I gave my Des Moines PDL final's jersey to a friend, instead of keeping that especial jersey, because it has the name Oliveira in the back and I don't feel that is mine.
What led you to come to Binghamton University? Did you always
know that you wanted to study and play in another country during
How have you changed since you came to Binghamton--not just as
an athlete but as a person?
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