The Oberlin College Men's Soccer team is traveling to Brazil for their 2011 preseason tour in an effort to prepare for the upcoming North Coast Athletic Conference season. It is said that in Brazil, every city has a church, a square and a soccer field. The sport is a national passion and is played in all corners of the country by all age groups. It does not matter the place - grass, sand, mud, asphalt -, all one needs is a ball to score a goal.
The team is just a day from our departure for the land of joga bonito and is putting in good time on the training field in preparation for the demands of playing against quality opposition. While spending time in the community of Buzios the Yeomen will find the opportunity to train alongside the local Buzios Soccer Club as well as test their abilities early in the trip with matches against the Under 20's as well as the first team. Following the team's stay in one of the world's most beautiful places we will transfer to Rio de Janeiro for the remainder of the tour. In Rio the team will enjoy accommodations just a few blocks from Copacabana Beach. Oberlin will square off against Botafogo's U-20's before concluding the trip with a match versus Portuguesa's reserve squad.
We hope that you will enjoy following our journey as we visit the land that has brought us the beautiful game. It is our goal to return to campus prepared to compete with a renewed vigor for the game. Check in with us from time to time for updates on the trip and throughout our regular season.