The former FC Barcelona and Ajax player, Oleguer Dams, was interviewed in Carrusel Deportivo by Álvaro Benito. The Catalan retired with only 30 years and now it is part of a soccer school community project in an old barracks of the civil guard of Sabadell in which it is intended to teach some different values.
Between the objectives Oleguer highlighted about this new project: “Trying to transmit to the kids values that serve them in their day-to-day life. Is my fourth year and I entered because I wanted to go back to football, but in a different way”.
Today’s society has suffered many changes, and the kids do not feel football in the same way: “Children’s interests have changed a lot in this years. Street soccer has been lostNow the children have signs everywhere about not playing ball ”.
Oleguer Dams too criticized the need for all children’s teams to compete, and expressed his point of view about this issue: “They are kids between 6 and 12 years old, and I am a coach. Actually, it is a project that not focused on performance. We try that each child develop their skills and abilities at your own pace. The fact of competing forces the boys. The teams are mixed and we encourage boys and girls to participate ”.
Despite his career as a footballer, in which he was under the command of Van Gaal y Rijkaard, the former player retired from the pitch 10 years ago, and now he explained the reason for that withdrawal so early: “I was a little tired of living outside and of the routine. I had a lot of things that interested me outside of football, and I have never regretted leaving football so young”. When Oleguer retired, he was in the CUP lists for the 2015 and 2017 elections, and now you have decided to contribute to this project.
“This Super League was raised from a point of view elitist“
Oleguer Dams too was international with the selection of Luis Aragonés, but gave up going on more occasions. The former Barça player explained his current interest in football: “I have never been to see the leagues. I have always followed Barça, but I have never had an interest in seeing other teams ”.
Dams also did not hesitate to give his opinion about the Superliga: “It seems to me that sport has a very important part based on effort and this Super League was planned from a point of view elitist and focused on keeping this business. Soccer is worth effort, not money. This sport has little to do ”.