Brazil Football Academy, Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is the capital and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the south eastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Belo Horizonte has a population of 2,475,440 inhabitants in the city and a total of 5,497,922 inhabitants in the official metropolitan area.

EduKick participants are accommodated, educated and train at the professional club Cruzeiro EC “Toca da Raposa 1” training facility. It is a magnificent training complex located on 90,000 square metres of land that comprises of the following facilities: 4 full size FIFA training fields, 1 mini (Futvolei) field – used for technical skills training, dressing rooms – attached to the training fields for players, changing rooms – used by coaches and referees, main administration building, outdoor swimming pool, gym/fitness centre, medical department – including dental and nutrition, library, cafeteria, auditorium and video room, dormitory accommodation for local Brazilian players, hotel style accommodation for international student players and onsite Portuguese speaking elementary and middle school.



All EduKick students are accommodated at the Hotel inside the Cruzeiro Youth Academy training complex specially designed for international student players. Each student and his allocated roommate will share a double room and receive all meals in the academy cafeteria.

The residence hotel contains a common lounge with a computer but Wi-Fi is available throughout for those that want to bring their laptop computers. There is also a large TV room. Each room consists of: 2 single beds, 2 closets (for clothes storage), a TV, bathroom with shower and toilet with wash basin. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & evening snack are prepared and eaten in the training complex cafeteria.


Education Program

Program participants are obliged to attend mandatory Portuguese language classes that take place at the training centre 2 evenings per week. Instruction is provided by local native accredited teachers. These lessons will help participants with their on field communication as well as any of their High School classes should they be attending High School.

The Rui Barbosa State School Middle/High School is located onsite at the Academy and is certified by the Brazilian Board of Education. The curriculum is specially designed to allow the players to participate in all football activities. The classes begin at 6.00pm and end at each day.

Participants should demonstrate an intermediate level in communicative Portuguese in order to succeed in their High School academics. At least 200 hours of Language study proficiency is required to be accepted to the High School program. Where necessary students attending the High School who require extra assistance outside of the School evening hours will be able to study with a private tutor at certain times throughout the day when they have free time.

We recommend non Portuguese speaking students who still require High School credit to consider continuing their studies with an online High School from within their own country. Contact us to discuss this option further.


Soccer Training & Mentoring Program

Each week participants receive daily training sessions from EduKick Brazil Technical Director Armandinho Manjate and his technical staff. These sessions will be focused on improving individual technique as well as looking at team shape, movement, set plays, defending and attacking and phase of play using examples from matches students have been involved in and the professional game in Brazil.

EduKick Brazil Armandinho Skills has a strong partnership with many football clubs throughout Brazil, from grass roots to the professional level. One of these links is with Cruzeiro EC. Each day Monday – Friday the students will also receive coaching sessions by Cruzeiro Youth Academy coaches in addition to the sessions by EduKick Brazil Technical Director Armandinho Manjate and his technical staff. These sessions will expose the students to the highest level of football coaching available in the country.

Each Friday afternoon EduKick participants join together to represent Cruzeiro EC to play matches against other professional youth Academy teams. In addition each individual participant will have the opportunity to represent their Cruzeiro Academy age appropriate team should they have a friendly match arranged during the week (Monday – Friday).