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Interview - Len Tsantiris


He coaches since 1981 at the University of Connecticut. The greek Len Tsantiris, talks to Play Sports about their practicing in Brazil.

"Everybody enjoyed the trip, we learned a lot of things, we had good food, we had a lot of new things that we hadn´t had before and we played a lot of soccer!", says Len Tsantiris.

Expectations before the trip: 

Play Sports: Why did you choose to play in Brazil?

Len Tsantiris: One of the rules of the NCAA is that we can travel only every four years overseas. So, we are doing the preparation for the season that starts on september 27th and we thought about Brazil. I know a lot of Brazilians. They told me it´s a good place, with beaches, mountains, a great mix with sports and the women soccer here is very good. Then it would be a good preparation for us.

Play Sports: And what are your expectations about the Brazilian teams?

Len Tsantiris: We have a very young team. I think Brazilians are very tricky, they have good movements and understand the game. We have to be very careful defending because they are very good teams. In Brazil, the soccer is so much in the culture that´s why the women are interested in the game, and learn it very fast.

Play Sports: What kind of experience you think these students will have in Brazil?

Len Tsantiris: I hope my team will learn a lot here! In US we don’t have soccer  developed so professional like in Brazil. We have so many other sports like basketball, football, baseball, hockey, so, the kids do not watch soccer. It´s not in the culture. So, we have to learn to play and I have to teach them to play.

Play Sports: Practicing with Play Sports is...

Len Tsantiris: It´s the opportunity to play with a lot of different teams, different players. So, every game we play, we hope we´re going to learn something. Whether we win or lose, it doesn´t mind to us. All we want is to learn. Then we will be a better team when we come back to US. And at the same time, we experience a different culture. We will see how Brazilian people live, how South America is good, and not how they picture. We will visit Copacabana beach, Ipanema.

The soccer in university is not just soccer, it´s a whole education. You learn how to be a complete person, and it´s good. If you just play at school you don´t find this experience.
 
These two things now they can combine both. It´s a very important trip because they can play with other teams and became better.

In the end of the trip:

Play Sports: What did you think about the trip?

Len Tsantiris: I believe everybody enjoyed the trip, they learned a few things, we had a lot of good food, we had a lot of new things that we hadn´t had before and we played a lot of soccer.

Play Sports: What did you learn here about soccer?

Len Tsantiris: It´s very good. We did what we wanted to do: to prepare ourselves for our season, to know who is going to play where, how we´re going to play.

Play Sports: What about the beach soccer?

Len Tsantiris: I loved that. I used to play in Greece but the girls, a lot of them, never played that. It was good to practice.

Play Sports: Play Sports in Brazil is...

Len Tsantiris: They did it very well. I think the guides did a great job. They helped us with everything, always with us, explaining everything. It was very good. We learned a lot of things that we would not learn if we were here by ourselves.


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Interview - Len Tsantiris
He coaches since 1981 at the University of Connecticut. The greek Len Tsantiris, talks to Play Sports about their practicing in Brazil. 
"Everybody enjoyed the trip, we learned a lot of things, we had good food, we had a lot of new things that we hadn´t had before and we played a lot of soccer!", says Len Tsantiris.

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