Hailing from the same city as the great Ronaldinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Barretto developed his initial footballing career at the famed Gremio academy again mirroring Ronaldinho. He has had the opportunity to have played under Luiz Felipe Scolari, when Scolari was the coach of the senior team in the academy.
Barreto’s first stint in India was when he joined Mohun Bagan in 1999. He instantly became one of the most recognizable and loved players in India when he won the National Football League (NFL) title in his very first season in Indian football. In his second season, Barreto finished top scorer of the NFL with 14 goals. Barretto’s love affair with Mohun Bagan and their fans continued for the next 4 years wherein he was consistently amongst the top scorers of the league.
By the time he left Mohun Bagan in 2004, he had already won every major domestic trophy in India – Calcutta League, Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, IFA Shield and Federation Cup. Barreto returned to India at the start of the 2005-06 campaign and joined the ambitious project at Mahindra United. The Mumbai club had roped in some of the best Indian players but it was Barreto’s signing that sent out a title warning to all other clubs. Barreto first guided Mahindra to Federation Cup success and then did the double by winning the league title.
Barreto reunited with Mohun Bagan in 2006 where his strike partner was the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia. Barreto inspired them to Federation Cup success and alongwith Bhutia formed one of the most feared strike partnerships in the country. The key criteria to become a legend at Mohun Bagan or East Bengal are to perform in the big Kolkata derby. No other Mohun Bagan player has scored more goals than Barreto against East Bengal with the Brazilian netting 17 in total.
In terms of statistics (more than 200 goals for Mohun Bagan), trophies, fan following, very few in Mohun Bagan’s illustrious history can match the Brazilian. Barreto’s success has inspired many other players from his country to ply their trade in India. Last year, Barreto’s farewell game had an attendance of 35,000, a number unimaginable for the majority of I-League fixtures. Barreto has become a role model and he is eager to give something back to Indian football having lent his support to start a football academy with compatriot and friend Beto. /p>
Glauco Moraes is the Technical Director at BFA. After an unfortunate injury ended his playing career, Glauco initiated his coaching expertise at the famous Gremio youth academy spending 16 years with the club. During his time at Gremio, Glauco had the opportunity to learn and train under the likes of renowned coaches like Jose Felipe Scolari and Mano Menezes. He has also taught several lectures at the Union of Professional Trainers of Rio Grande do Sul – a prominent coaching institute in Brazil. Glauco was part of the youth coaching set-up at Gremio who were responsible for shaping the careers of international players like Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Anderson (Manchester United) and the one and only Ronaldinho!
In his illustrious career, Glauco has held a variety of top positions across coaching – fitness, technical, management, etc. With his years of experience in Brazil as well as his time in India with the Brazilian Futbol Academia, Glauco has devised a comprehensive technical curriculum wherein his Brazilian philosophy marries Indian potential. With BFA since 2010, Glauco is well on his way to creating India’s very own Ronaldinhos!
Anthony Fernandes is an ex I-league footballer where he spent most of his career playing for the esteemed Mumbai FC. Anthony had a decorated career playing mainly as a left back for the Maharashtra based club. Post professional football Anthony decided to give back to the game of football by taking to coaching. Along with completing his coaching licenses Anthony also spends countless hours with students from schools developing their football skills. Anthony is keenly looking forward to the exciting journey ahead for IFS.
Nikhil is Currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Information & Technology from the University of Mumbai & is an All India Football Federation D License Certified Coach(Batch of September, 2013). He has also successfully completed the esteemed AIFF Grass Root Leader Course with Mumbai City FC and Mumbai FC, before joining Indian Football School Nikhil has played for teams and coaches numerous academies from Mumbai and Kerala at the youth stage.