Soccer is a lifestyle to those dedicated to it.Taking away soccer from them is like robbing them of their livelihood. Such is the case with Juan Bonani aka Coach Juan. Soccer has been his life eversince he was a young boy. Coach Juan comes from the home of soccer, Brazil. Yes, he comes from the home of the legend Pele of all time who is also his distant relative.
Coach Juan used to play for Santos Futebol Clube-Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A and in K League in South Korea. Juan retired from professional football due to injury in 2013.
Injury did not stop him from continuing in his passion for soccer. Encouraged by the success stories of the likes of world famous Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Coach Juan was determined to make a mark in his own way.
Still in his early thirties, the sky is the limit for this young coach.
Coach Juan started football training programs for young kids to adolesents. He has worked in different countries in these programs including Brazil, Ireland and now football has brought him to China.
He is currently based in Beijing working at Beijing Bilingual Academy. Coach Juan has a vast experience in soccer that has helped him create an excellent coaching system for his programs with great results.
Coach Juan has kids at heart. You can see the passion in his eyes as he instructs his students. Sports instill discipline and this is evident in Juan's students.
He loves what he does and he celebrates every little success story with his young team, the Leopards.
Nothing should ever rob us of our dreams. When one door closes another one opens and Coach Juan is a good example of it. He has proven that nothing can stop one from acheaving their goals. Not even injury was able to completely take him away from the field. Indeed where there is a will there is always a way. For Coach Juan, the sky is the limit.
Coach Juan is a welcome asset in a community working hard to groom more skilled talent. His training program is one of many initiatives to make China visible on the soccer world map.
The breathtaking speed of change in China has reached the world's most popular game.
Following the PRC soccer reform in 2015, the soccer training market in China has been very active and open.vCoach Juan's expertise is welcome in this ever rising soccer era.
President Xi's leadership published its 46th document making sports part of China's economic plan. According to reports in China Daily, soccer courses are set to increase tremendously in schools across China. Hence the need for more skilled and well-trained coaches to take up this task.
The country aims to build a national team that is competitive in the world field. In 2014 it was agreed that the Education Ministry would take over the promotion of youth soccer from the Chinese Football Association.
Soccer courses have been included to some primary and secondary schools' mandatory physical education programs under the revised curriculum. This inclusion means that most students will have mandatory soccer training while in school.
Coach Juan's efforts in nurturing and training the young talent is a benefit to the nation at large. In 2015 according to China Daily it was reported that the program of enhancing soccer planned to train around 6,000 school soccer coaches with the help of Chinese Football Association. This was meant to guarantee that students are coached properly.
Juan is the proud coach of the young club Leopards of Beijing International Bilingual Academy. Together they have excelled in games they have played against other teams.
Chinese parents are very protective of their children and put safety and happiness of their children first.The picture below shows Coach Juan sharing some lite moments with one of his former student's mother.It shows the level of trust the parents have placed on the capabalities of Juan as a coach and custodian of his students' well-being on and off the field.
JUAN BONANI IS A FAMILY MAN
Our great coach is always in the company of his family.
Despite his ever busy schedule, Coach Juan always put his family first. In his spare time coach Juan plays for an amateur football team Sexy FC based in Beijing. He also likes to dance Samba which is a dance very common in Brazil.
He is a father to a lovely daughter and being a father has helped him be patient and caring to his young students.
We wait to see more of Coach Juan in the near future. We certainly hope he produces the Kakas, Ronaldos and Romarios of China.
Source of statistics ...ChinaDaily.
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