On Wednesday, Mongeral AEGON organized a press conference, exclusively for Brazilian press, with Frank de Boer and a few of his Ajax players. During the gathering in Rio’s Sheraton Hotel, the Ajax coach also gave a presentation about Ajax’s world famous philosophy.
After the introduction by marketing director Nuno Davis, Helder Molina, CEO of Mongeral AEGON Brasil, thanked Frank de Boer and the selection right away for coming to Brazil. “It’s a long trip and the weather conditions are completely different than in the Netherlands. I want to thank Frank de Boer for coming to Rio de Janeiro.” De Boer only had praise for the practice trip to Brazil. “Football is a religion in Brazil. Everyone here is a fan of a club, that’s nice to see. I’m happy that we are able to be here.”
Mongeral AEGON has invested a lot in sports and youth in the past few years. The Mongeral Future Cup and Craques Mongeral AEGON are two of its great, successful football projects. Four teams took part in the Future Cup: Desportivo Brasil, Fluminense, Grêmio and Palmeiras. The winner of the tournament qualified to participate in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam in April, facing opponents like FC Barcelona, Bayern München and AC Milan.
Craques Mongeral AEGON gives young, talented football players the opportunity to further develop their football techniques. Out of a group of 150 young players, three (Gerial Alves, Vinicius Henrique en Felipe de Lucca) were selected as the best players. The threesome has been taken into Desportivo Brasil’s academy. De Lucca, who was selected as the most technical player, receives yet another big prize in addition. The 14 year old Brazilian will travel to Ajax’s sports complex, de Toekomst, for a specific technical training which has been especially developed for him.
As Siem de Jong, Christian Eriksen and Ricardo van Rhijn watched on, De Boer addressed the large crowd of Brazilian reporters. After a great presentation about Ajax’s world famous philosophy and the technical staff’s new approach, several very diverse questions followed. Questions ranged from the world football championship in 2014 in Brazil to the Europa League final which will be played on May 15th in the Amsterdam ArenA (on De Boer’s birthday). “Will we be playing in the finals at home?” a Brazilian journalist asked the Ajax coach. “We’re going to do our best, but we need to remain realistic. We're playing Steaua Bucharest in the upcoming round, and they have a very strong team. If we progress, we could draw Chelsea FC, if they beat Sparta Prague. But, in the Champions League, we’ve shown that we can win if we’re confident enough. It would be a dream to play the finals in the Amsterdam ArenA.”
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