Seedorf's Diary: A Manager
25th of December
Just over a year ago, I arrived at this wonderful club a player. I knew there was something different, something special about this club that really makes me want to stay forever. In truth, I never wanted that Milan job, all I wanted was this one.
Life in Rio has been great and I have settled in well. The transition has been easier than I expected. My wife Luviana is from here and I spent the first years of my life in Suriname, which is very close to Brazil. As a kid in Suriname I grew up supporting the Brazilian team, like most people from the country.
As a player, I have loved playing for Botafogo. I have more freedom to move, I am a leader here and I can mentor the younger players. The system here is quite something and I think we have a lot of potential here and we can become something special. Oswaldo was doing good things here, and it is a real shame that he has had to leave.
But that opened up doors for me. I have been working with the youngsters at small Rio clubs like Nova Iguacu and Boavista, whilst attaining my UEFA Pro License. Now that I have it, I have the chance to continue what Oswaldo started, maybe make it even better.
This is the start of something new for me. I am ready for it, I have always wanted to be a manager and now here I am.. getting ready for the rollercoaster they call football management.