Steel United’s celebrity visitor (SA)

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Steel United Soccer club had a celebrity visitor last week with Brazilian born Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues dropping in.

The international soccer player has played for clubs all over the world, including South Australia’s very own Adelaide United.

SCRATCH MATCH: Kicking the ball around during a meet and greet last week were (back, from left) Liam Wathen, Keegan Fay, Cristiano Dos Santos Rodrigues, Lachlan Grimshaw (Front) Zac Lawrenson, Luke Desovza, Ethan Fay, Oscar Elmslie and Kane Flanagan.

SCRATCH MATCH: Kicking the ball around during a meet and greet last week were (back, from left) Liam Wathen, Keegan Fay, Cristiano Dos Santos Rodrigues, Lachlan Grimshaw (Front) Zac Lawrenson, Luke Desovza, Ethan Fay, Oscar Elmslie and Kane Flanagan.

Mr Santos Rodrigues has played against world favourites including Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie, and also competed in the 2002 FIFA World cup in Japan scoring the best goals of the cup.

Mr Santos Rodrigues now works with the Football Federation of South Australia and travels to regional cities to teach young soccer players how to play Futsal.

Futsal is a variant association of football that is played on a smaller surface and indoors, usually by young children.

In Brazil, young boys do not go and play soccer on a full pitch like they do in Australia, they play Futsal inside until they are about the age of 13 or 14, Mr Santos Rodrigues explained.

The game combines both Brazilian and Holland styles of playing soccer, and is played around the globe.

Mr Santos Rodrigues has travelled to many other stops including Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Broken Hill and Mount Barker as part of his regional tour.

Steel United’s young players had a great time learning from the star, each wanting him to play on their team during scratch matches.

Many other local Whyalla soccer clubs are hoping to be able to book him to come teach their juniors, so keep an eye out for Mr Santos Rodrigues around town in the future.

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