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Marcos Pereira is eager to return to India and begin mentoring

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Marcos Pereira has interned with Brazilian teams and most recently managed the under-23 team of Sociedade Esportiva Bom Retiro.

Marcos Pereira is a former Vasco Sports Club striker. He has finished his pro licence and is eager to return to India and begin his professional coaching career.

When he signed for Vasco in 2002, he was part of a very competitive group that included Rogerio Ramos – subsequently India’s goalkeeping coach – and Rui Wanderly Weis. Moreover, Vasco finished third that year, six points behind winners East Bengal, and Marcos was promptly snatched up by Mohun Bagan of Kolkata.

During his 13-year stint in India, Marcos played for numerous other elite clubs, including Churchill Brothers FC, Salgaocar SC, and JCT Mills, and is now looking for an opportunity to show himself as a coach.

Marcos statement

“I finished my pro licence training from the ATFA (in Argentina) and am now looking at possibilities,”

said Marcos, one of Brazil’s most popular players during the National Football League (NFL) period.

Moreover, the ATFA (Asociacion de Tecnicos del Futbol Argentino) is one of the major training schools for coaches in the world and boasts among its graduates World Cup 2022 champion Lionel Scalone, Diego Simeone of Atletico de Madrid, Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli and many more.

Marcos has been interning with teams in Brazil. He earned his pro license and most recently coached the under-23 team of Sociedade Esportiva Bom Retiro.

However, he has also served as the head coach of an academy in Malaysia.

At the moment I am completing internships with several clubs and hoping for an opportunity. Indian football holds a special place in my heart. I spent 13 years as a footballer in India and now want to contribute as a coach. “I know I have the potential to make changes,”

the Brazilian stated.

According to insiders, Marcos has already contacted I-League clubs and may be considered for a position next season.

Marcos joined Vasco in 2002 as a talented striker from Cene Esporte Clube in Brazil. He became an instant star at the club. The Brazilian transferred to Mohun Bagan the next year. But returned almost immediately, only to score a magnificent hat-trick for Vasco against the Kolkata giants. Scoring in his team’s 5-1 at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

At the conclusion of his career, he played for lower-level Kolkata clubs such as Southern Samity and Bhawanipore FC.

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