FOz: Glenn, what are you most looking forward to in the 2014 FAFL Cup?
GS: Sharing this years FAFL Cup with my club this time round and proving how far we can go is what I’m looking forward to most. It’s the first real interstate club competition for South Fremantle and is a great opportunity to represent our members, along with the WA State Futsal League. It’s a reward to all our players for their hard work after reaching back-to-back SFL Grand Finals.
FOz: Last year you had much success including competing for Fremantle Muita Calma FC in the Kobe International Futsal Cup (Futsal Festa) in Japan whereby you made it to the Grand Final against Catalunya from Spain who boasted some of the best futsal players in the world. How did you find this experience?
GS: By far the best Futsal experience in my career. Playing along side some of the best from Australia. I will never forget the first time I saw Fernando De Moraes competing and to be part of an elite team that included him. The Futsal was on another level, I made so many great friends from Pascoe Vale and I was able to learn off Lorenzo De Paris as well – I was truly thankful to be part of it all! This tournament was the reason behind my wanting to promote Futsal in Western Australia and assist in developing & providing opportunities for future players.
FO: Fremantle Muita Calma FC have also been invited to the 2014 World Futsal Championships to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports inside the historic Walt Disney World Resort whereby one of the most recognizable clubs in the world, FC Barcelona will also compete. What do you think of this opportunity?
GS: Sounds like a Futsal Dream doesn’t it!! A fairytale for those who play our game! To be selected to compete against the best clubs in the world would be a dream come true – a once in a lifetime opportunity that personally I’m using as motivation in my training and goalkeeping to perform at a level I need to at this FAFL Cup.
FO: How do you think South Fremantle FC will go in this year’s FAFL Cup?
GS: The team is made up of 3 SFL M.V.P’s, including a wealth of young Australian talent and we are out to prove to everyone, including ourselves that W.A Futsal belongs amongst the rest of the states.
FO: How do you see the standard of Futsal in Western Australia compared with other states?
GS: The standard of Futsal has dramatically improved over a short period of time. There has been a huge response for those playing ‘indoor soccer’ & football – for example, to join the WA Men’s & Women’s State Futsal Leagues based on the level, opportunities for development and player aspirations. Now with the new W.A State Futsal Centre, the first and only facility dedicated to Futsal managed by Raffaele Capasso, the future is bright with junior development through the Futskillers program & the inaugural season of the W.A Junior State Futsal League. Social and mixed competitions are also provided to engage and promote our sport also. Without the facilities and the league directed by Eldon Abrahams it wouldn’t be where it is.
FO: Who are the players in the South Fremantle FC squad that fans should keep an eye out for during the 2014 FAFL Cup?
GS: Luke Tidy. He is the current SFL M.V.P and the heart of South Fremantle. We have Alek Kukic, 2-time SFL Leading Goalscorer who was recently invited to the Australian Futsalroos Camp. Also Salman Alhammadi, Saeed Danesh being previous Fremantle Muita Calma selection players and finally, new club member Daniel Muzzarelli will be someone to keep your eye on.
FOz: Who do you think will be the team to beat the 2014 FAFL Cup?
GS: I can’t go without mentioning the 2-Time Champions Pascoe Vale Futsal Club and Vic Vipers Futsal Club to be the teams to beat. However, both W.A representatives, South Fremantle Futsal Club and Cambio Cumbre Futsal Club, I will say are the dark horses but you’ll have to wait & see.
FOz: Thanks for your time and Good Luck in the 2014 FAFL Cup!
GS: It’s been a pleasure. Thank you Futsal Oz, I can’t wait!!!