ISSPF Collaborates with Brazilian Giants CR Vasco da Gama


As a leading nation when it comes to the past, the present and no doubt the future of football, the Brazilian national football team look within their very own domestic league to unearth the next generation of elite players. As a club steeped in history of developing and progressing the careers of some of the greatest players to have worn the Brazilian national team jersey, CR Vasco da Gama continue to search for the next modern trend in coaching methods, data analysis or player performance enhancement.   

Throughout generations the club has continued to produce talented players who have gone on to generate success within the club & country before moving onto the world’s greatest of clubs, none more so recognisable than one of the greatest players of all time, 1994 FIFA World Cup winner & in the same year a player who won FIFA World Player of the Year, Romário de Souza Faria, known simply to the footballing world as Romário.

Having been developed through the clubs youth system before amassing over 750 competitive goals for clubs such as Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, Spanish legends FC Barcelona & for the Brazilian national team. The local boy from Rio, steeped in the history of CR Vasco da Gama amassed 55 goals in 70 appearances, Romário is the 4th goal-scorer for the Brazil national team, only behind Pelé, Neymar and Ronaldo (R9), whilst being third on the all-time list of Brazilian league’s top scorers with 155 goals.

T-shirt with Vasco da Gama football club symbo

Vasco da Gama are not only viewed as one of the most notable clubs in Brazilian football history, but they have continually driven innovation in the medical and performance side of the game in South America in order to continue development and provide the all teams with top class elite talent, which has now led to the official collaboration between themselves and the globally acclaimed International Soccer Science & Performance Federation [ISSPF]. Developing coaches & practitioners on an International, national & local Brazilian community level through provision of cutting edge, bespoke, online football training resources & courses delivered by leading professionals from around the world, is the next step to growing themselves as an innovative club.

“ISSPF is a worldwide recognized company and specialist in the area of football science and coaching, and as a club we are delighted to welcome them, and more importantly invite them to play a fundamental role in Vasco da Gama SAF's DESP Educational Program, which will consist of bringing to our club the latest and modern approaches in football performance. Exposing ISSPF’s detail and content to our staff will be of a huge step forward in progressing the club and the delivery to players.”
Gustavo Caldeira
Medical Director of CR Vasco da Gama
Soccer match between Vasco and Botafogo

The online courses are developed & delivered by some of the leading coaches & practitioners from top clubs across the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the Italian Serie A & French Ligue 1. Furthermore, football & sport science specialists from clubs involved in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Libertadores & the MLS are providing a real global & international learning insight for all coaches, performance practitioners, learners & students with a range of abilities and knowledge levels. The accredited & endorsed bespoke online football courses include: Nutrition, Psychology and Mental Skills Training, Youth & Athletic Development, Team Sport Training Methodology, Fitness & Conditioning Training, Tactical Analysis, Talent Identification, Goalkeeper Coaching Science, Business & Management in Football and Injury Reduction & Return to Play.

Not only is the key to the partnership to develop staff from academy to 1st team as part of the in-house club development process, but this official link gives all individuals the chance to be a part of a progressive continued development & online coach education strategy moving forward for people inside and out of the club. 

With more than 15 million supporters in Brazil alone, Vasco da Gama is the fifth-most supported club in Brazil, with some matches played at the famous Maracanã.
Maracanã Stadium

The Educational possibilities provided through the courses are open to almost anyone involved in the game as Youth Academy or Senior Coaches, Managers, Strength & Conditioners, Sport Scientists, Physios, Medical Practitioners or Talent Scouts, and ideal to provide insights & additional qualifications as well as best practice to design and implement plans, and sessions with individual players and teams.

As a leading online Football Coaching & Performance educational organization, ISSPF is not only seen as the trusted partner of elite, amateur and youth soccer clubs, international & continental federations, but also as key educational partners of schools, colleges, universities and training institutes worldwide. The ISSPF accredited courses cover a range of coaching interests from grassroots, through to the elite professional coaching level so are available for all individuals interested in enhancing their knowledge & career prospects.

The collaboration between the two organisations has begun, and the courses and content exposed to CR Vasco da Gama is available on the internet & accessible for all individuals wanting to begin their coaching or professional development & study across these areas of the game. Anyone wanting to find out more regarding the online courses, various club partnerships & professional development opportunities can go via the link

Further information & content will be provided via the partnership program link above & also on social media via twitter, Instagram & Facebook:


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