Gatorade chose 5 footballers to go where most only dream — to play, train and tour 7 top clubs around the world. Follow their journey to Liverpool F.C., Arsenal F.C., F.C. Barcelona, AC Milan, Boca Juniors and the Brazil National Team to witness how real work can turn into the unreal. Coach Peter and Niko from TST were honored to be chosen for this!
Five footballers begin their journey in Sarasota, undergoing the same testing at GSSI as many other pro athletes. They each learn how their body uses fuel, find out the composition of their body’s sweat, receive their own custom Gatorade formulas and learn what it takes to create unreal performance. While on the pitch, our footballers get a surprise visit from a member of the USMNT.
During their training, our footballers pick up the quick-touch passing techniques that make the FC Barcelona style a dominant force in football. Afterward, they get a close look at the FCB facilities at Camp Nou, walking the same halls and locker rooms as unreal footballers such as Lionel Messi. A trophy room tour of one of the winningest clubs in the world gives our footballers a glimpse of how hard work can pay off.
Our footballers take on a local Brazilian team in a scrimmage at Granja Comary, the private training grounds of the Brazilian Football Confederation. They head to iconic Maracana Stadium to experience a Flamengo match and are immediately engulfed by the inherent fandom and football culture of the city. Before heading home, they fit in a final futvolley training session with one of the top coaches in the sport.
Our winners gain unprecedented access to A.C. Milan and its state-of-the-art lab at Milanello. The footballers take part in one-of-a-kind tests aiming to improve their performance on the pitch by highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in the lab. While touring San Siro Stadium, they learn what makes the Italian style of football as unique as the country.
In London, Arsenal coaches elevate our winners’ training by demonstrating how to enhance their awareness on the field. Our footballers are rewarded for their sweat and hard work by taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Emirates Stadium, and gaining VIP access to Arsenal matches during the Emirates Cup.
Our five winners arrive in Liverpool ready to sweat. A former Liverpool legend leads them on a tour of Anfield, where they experience the history behind the legendary club. They train at Liverpool FC’s famous Academy, where they learn how to incorporate elements of creative quick play into their game.
Our winners get to know Buenos Aires by going on a graffiti tour and playing a bit of street ball. After experiencing La Bombonera, Boca Juniors coaches push the limits of our footballers’ training. They learn that physical and intense training is exactly how this historical team gains its edge.
Nike and Joga Bonito exposes a Greek/Cypriot/American from Astoria, New York. Peter Touros (NY Kosmos F.C), Kadeem Dacres (NY HOTA), and Niko Larra (NY HOTA) are followed around by the Nike's camera crew while they shoot video as these players compete in futsal soccer. Nike shows a great look at how soccer is booming in our country (USA) and is becoming more accepted by our youth as a professional sports outlet.
Dakota Started playing soccer in the Rockaways under coach Andreas Touros out of Fort Tilden.
-Dakota was selected for the USA Youth National select team
-Selected to play for Youth Pro Organization NY Cosmos Academy, was the captains and was national leaders in goals scored!
-High school honored with the Ralph Whitney AA Player of the Year Award.
-Recruited to play for NCAA DI Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the Atlantic 10 conference with 85 appearances for the Rams!
-He signed his first pro contract with the MLS side Portland Timbers U23 (OR.)
-Signs NEW contract with FC Tuscon(AZ.)