Seedorf To Play And Manage
In a surprise turn of events, iconic Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf has become player-manager at Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo FR. Seedorf signed on a one-year deal and will become the successor to Oswaldo de Oliveira.
The 37-year old was introduced as the new manager in front of a packed press conference at the Engenhao, and revealed his vision to the journalists. "This club is going in the right direction," he started. "I know we can push for continental qualification this year, and so do the players."
After Oswaldo de Oliveira was forced to resign from the post at the Rio club following serious chest pains and health concerns, many thought that a more experienced manager would take the reins.
Seedorf though, who was born in Suriname, told FIFA.com
earlier in the year that he was ready to manage after completing his UEFA Pro License. He also said he'd been working with youngsters at lower league clubs Boavista and Nova Iguaçu.
Seedorf said he will continue to promote the ball playing football that de Oliveira was putting in place and said that it could be the start of a new era for Brazilian football. "We don't have squads like Corinthians or Internacional.. but we have a system that is really going to change the way people play here.
"We have a young group of lads here, but they are also determined, they want to win."