Canadian Soccer Academy Association
#311-4160 Albert Street, Burnaby, BC V5C 6K2, Canada
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      Press Release: September 2004

     “There is no fooling around. These guys have a dream...”

This past summer, CSAA member Stefano Mattia attended a "Centro di Addestramento Calcio" (Centre for Soccer Training) in Calabritto, Avellino (Italy).
Impressed with Mattia's skills, the centre's head coach Franco DiLeone invited him to play several games in the Primavera category--the top Italian juvenile league.
Most of the players taking part were from the professional clubs Avellino and Salernitana and all potential soccer competitors.
"They take soccer very seriously and always do their best," Mattia stated. "It was a great experience playing with players who have a different attitude toward the sport. There is no fooling around. These guys have a dream and that is to make it big."
Mattia was asked to return but is currently committed with the CSAA programs. There is no doubt that even at his young age (15), he is the best left-footed player around. And thanks to the Burnaby-based CSAA, he is also a four-footed player.
Next year Mattia will travel back to Italy to try out with Bologna and Cesena. He will be joined by three other very talented CSAA students: Jorge "George" Angel-Mira (Burnaby Royal U17), Justin Constantineau (Sapperton Premier Men), and Mario Masi (Vancouver Metro U15).

      Press Release: August 2003
Burnaby boys get thumbs up in Italy
Two young Burnaby soccer players have returned from a two-week trip to Italy with the knowledge they have the skills to play at the highest level of the Italian youth development system.

Justin Constantineau, a 1988-born goalkeeper, and Jorge Angel-Mira, a 1989-born midfielder, went through training and tryout sessions with teams in Bologna and Cesena.  
Coaches with both organizations said the boys would clearly play at the highest level for their age groups if they lived in Italy and invited both to return for tryouts when they are older. Bologna F.C. Youth Development Director Cristian Ferrante even used the term "Bravissimo!" when describing Constantineau's goalkeeping skills.

The trip was arranged by Canadian Soccer Academy Association Technical Director Mike Bernardis, who trains both players. He said the trip was a success because the boys learned firsthand that it's possible to achieve their soccer-playing goals.

"If they both keep working hard, they will make it, no question about it," Bernardis said.
Constantineau currently plays for the U15 B.C. provincial team while Angel-Mira plays for the U14 B.C. team.

For further information, contact CSAA Technical Director Mike Bernardis at 604.294.5003 or 604.219.1653.
 From left to right:
Jorge Angel-Mira, Maurizio Moscatelli
and Justin Constantineau.
The CSAA promotes itself through its own publications...
SoccerAlmanac Bulletin, Guide to Italy's Serie A & B, Guide to the World Cup,
The Goal Magazine, The Goalino Educational Comics
... and through advertising in local dailies and weeklies.
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