Jose Thadeu Goncalves

Director of Coaching

Dear BFUT Educators and Students,

I have a dream. Promote and educate PEACE. A new ERA for BFUT has begun. It is time to have the world wide language of Football speak strongly around any place in this beautiful world.

The dream started in 1979, after a short player carrier with the pro club Paulista FC in Sao Paulo – Brazil. As any teen around the world my dream was to play for the Olympic team of Brazil. I never had the opportunity to be educationally guided to this dream. The dream to become a player was replaced by becoming the best youth educator of the game. As an educator, I could provide the correct guidance to any child I could reach, and be able to explain the why, when and how of each concept of this beautiful game.

In 1979, after graduating as a physical education teacher I became the assistant coach of a pro club and was responsible to apply, for the first time, my football philosophy. In 1980 I had the opportunity to attend the University of Sao Paulo specialization under the supervision of Prof. Claudio Coutinho e Prof. Jose Teixeira- the Brazilian Coaching staff at that time). In July of the same year I had received an invitation to participate at the Spain Real Federation and have the opportunity to be exposed to the European philosophy.

It was in 1981 where I had the first real opportunity to have a full laboratory to analyze and apply my educational philosophy, especially in Sports Administration, Sports psychology, Psycho motor capacities (physical conditioning) and technical development. The laboratory was one of the most successful clubs of the world –Sao Paulo FC. During the next 4 years a daily process of analyze, correction and application of many of these concepts showed in the quality of the players that was developed. The club produced millions of dollars and names such as Silas, Muller, Sidney and many others became successful players. As the club became really famous in preparing high quality players, it was left aside the importance of the human being off the field.

On the year of 1984 I had an unforgettable experience in Sports Sociology. The U20 Group from Sao Paulo FC traveled to India for a series of three games against the National team. The project was named the Super Boys from Brazil. It was an open eyes trip; with unique experiences in understanding the importance in respecting the Cultural and Social factors when educating the Brazilian philosophy. An opportunity arose to meet Madre Teresa from Calcutta, humbling speaking to us in Portuguese with no shoes, knowing she had just received the Nobel Prize of Peace.

In 1985 I left Sao Paulo to dedicate full time to my center of physical rehabilitation to pre and post injuries of Football players.  It was time to dedicate myself to the Sports medicine principle in my educational philosophy. I opened a sports medicine Center to prepare players towards the high competitive level physically, after being with severe injuries, educating about prevention procedures, and pre – pos surgeries rehabilitation cycles. It was one of the most enjoyable educational phases of my life. I started to understand the importance to read emotions and personalities of athletes with no confidence in being able to play again.

The Center started to grow and the level of players became a very high priority. In 1986 the next step of the educational philosophy became a reality. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the procedures in Sports Medicine – Prevention and recuperation of critical joints for Football. It was in companion of a good friend and of high quality sports Medicine specialist, Dr. Renne Abdalla , that the possibility became a reality to us. We had the opportunity to be under the supervision of Dr. Frank Knoys (one of the first specialist in replacement of the ACL ligaments) and his staff.

In 1986 I was transferred to the USA to take a graduate school in Sports medicine and Sports physiology.

During 1987 to 1990 as a graduate student, I became an assistant coach for Boston University’s Men’s Soccer team. After various training sessions with the college team, I realized the need to increase technical coordination and the mental speed of play from players of different countries. Essentially, the combination of 11 countries in a group of 26 players required a combined philosophy between European and South American., It was the first time I had the opportunity to apply the Tactical concepts of my educational philosophy. They had to become more unpredictable.

The project was very successful. Boston University became top 10 in the country for 3 years and players such a Mike Emmenallo played for the Nigerian National during the 1994 World Cup.

In 1991, the educational philosophy of South America and Europe was combined to create an institution called Brusa.

During the next four years the philosophy became an educational methodology. West Des Moines Soccer Club and Drake University in Iowa became the first group of players and coaches to apply the complete Brazilian philosophy through the “Brusa” methodology.

In 1995, in the Pensacola Soccer Complex, Brusa established the cycle of education for both players and coaches. Also, the company founded the IPT program, an exchange program between American players and Brazilian soccer clubs.
It was time to give to the North American Soccer Community an opportunity to be exposed to the Brazilian philosophy. The Dallas Cup was the Tournament at the show case. Brusa won the Dallas Cup Super Group from 1995 to 1999. Players such as Edmilson (Barcelona), Fabio Costa (Santos) and many others had the opportunity to be exposed to our philosophy for a short period of time and also sharing their ideas. Many top coaches leading their Brazilian teams could understand how to compete against the different football schools and philosophies around the world.

From 2000 to 2002 was the time to apply the concepts in different countries offering our coaching programs.   At that time we had more than 1,500 coaches licensed under our methodology.
It was necessary to implement the Brazilian Philosophy in Brazil. I decided to take a 2nd division club U13 – U15 and U17 categories and apply concept by concept.

In 2004 the complete BFUT Brazilian philosophy and methodology was finalized and ready to be shared with the rest of the world.

In 2005 BRUSA was purchase by an International Sports Management company called Traffic Sports USA. Brusa’s name was changed to BFUT – Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol and the plan was to promote and educate the Brazilian philosophy worldwide through the BFUT methodology.
In October 2006 BFUT was returned to the founder Thadeu Goncalves and the mission of the company changed to: Promote and educate Peace through the worldwide language of Football.

Today, BFUT is one of the most reputable football institutes around the world.
BFUT stands for “Brazilian Futebol” created to fulfill the soccer needs of every player and coach. We would like to invite you to be part of our family.

Together we can educate the next Football generation with a combination of a great athlete on the field and an even better citizen and leader off the field. Take the Brazilian Challenge!!! Educating the next football generation.


  • Boston University, Boston, MA – M.E. Human Movement-Coaching, Teaching and Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology, School of Education – 1988-89
  • Plino Augusto do Amaral, Amparo, Sao Paulo, Brazil – Educational Administration, Sports Management, School of Science and Languages – 1981-82
  • Pontificia Universidade de Campinas, Campinas Sao Paulo, Brazil – School of Physical Education, Specialization – Swimming – 1980
  • University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil – School of Physical Education, Specialization- Soccer – 1979
  • School of Physical Education of Jundiai, Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil– Specialization- Basketball – 1979
  • School of Physical Education of Jundiai, Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil- License in Physical Education
    Sports Medicine
  • CREFIME, Sports Medicine Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil – Director 1986-87


  • Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol – Coaching Director – 2002-Present
  • Brusa International Soccer Institute – President – Coaching Director – 1990-2005
  • Olympic Development Program, State of Iowa – 1994
  • World Cup Games Qualifications, TNT Station Commentator, Atlanta, GA – 1993-94
  • Drake University, Des Moines, IA – Coach – 1992-93
  • West Des Moines Soccer Club, West Des Moines, IA – Coaching Director – 1991-94
  • Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA – Coach – 1991-92
  • Brazilian Soccer National Coaching License – 1980
  • United States Soccer Federation, Minneapolis, MN – B License – 1991
  • United States Soccer Federation, Tampa, FL – A License – 1994
  • Rockford United Soccer Club, Rockford, IL – Head Soccer Coach – 1990
  • Guilford High School, Rockford, IL – Head Soccer Coach – 1990
  • BRUSA Soccer School, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia & Florida – Director – 1989-2005
  • Midwest Soccer Camp – 1988
  • Soccer Plus Goalkeeper Soccer Camp – 1988
  • Boston University, Boston, MA – Soccer Coach – 1987-89
  • Puma All Star Soccer Camp – 1987
  • Brazilian National Youth Team U-20, India and Saudi Arabia Tournaments – Assistant Coach – 1984
  • Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, Sao Paulo – Coordinator of the Amateur Dept. and Assistant Coach of the Professional Department 1982-85

Thulio Goncalves

Level 1 Educator

Thulio Goncalveshas over 16 years experience as a soccer player in all levels and more than 12 years of youth soccer coaching expertise. He played professionally for Heviz Labdarugas Kft and Heviz, Hungary – Second Division. He played on the College Butler University Men’s Soccer, Indianapolis inDivision I. Has experience as a Technical Director and coaching all youth levels throughout his career.  Currently operates at the BFUT Academy in Boca Raton, FL and runs player’s and coach’s programs throughout the world.  Thulio is a Level 1 BFUT educator.

Richard Mendoza

Level 1 Educator

Richard Mendoza has been involved with soccer for over 30 years and played recreational and competitive levels in his native Leon Guanajuato Mexico. Moved to USA at 16 and played adult leagues. 1970 played premier league in Stockton and Sacramento, both in California.  Played SFSFL Premier from San Francisco California league until 1980. This league was the base for the beginning stages of the MLS and has formed many players for USL.  Richard currently works with the Stockton Monarcas FC and is a CYSA Staff Instructor.  Coach Mendoza is a Level 1 Educator.

Youssef Darbaki

Level 1 Educator

Youssef Darbaki is the Technical Director/Head coach of Minnesota Twinstars FC.  Youssef played 14 years of professional soccer and has coached for 22 years. Coach Darbaki has won three league Titles in NPSL.  Along with Twinstars FC, has been twice national Finalist.  With Minnesota Blast FC, became league and national title winner in 2004.  Has won 4 titles with the youth Academy.  Youssef is a Level 2 educator.

Alex Mathias

Level 1 Educator

– Currently: Ronaldo Academy Orlando, Coach and Goalkeeper Coach – Orlando, FL

  • Technical Director – Team Chicago Brasil – Girls and Boys Soccer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Head Coach Simpson University – Men Soccer & Women Soccer – Redding, CA
  • Camps Coordinator in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for BFUT (USA Colleges and Clubs)
  • Head Coach – Brazilian Air Force – Men Soccer & Women Soccer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Head Coach – Women’s National Team (Armed Forces) – World Champion 2009 – Biloxi, Mississipi
  • Head Coach – Women’s National Team (Social Soccer) – World Champion 2010 – Rio de Janeiro, 2nd place 2012 Mexico, 3rd place 2011 Paris
  • Head Coach – Vitoria de Santo Antao – Women Soccer – Pernambuco, Brazil – Brazilian League
  • Assistant Coach – Vitoria de Santo Antao – Men Soccer – Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Technical Director – C.R. Vasco da Gama – Women and Girls and Soccer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Technical Director – C.R. Flamengo – Women and Girls and Soccer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Head Coach – Botafogo F.R. – Women and Girls and Soccer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Technical Director – CBF – Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol – Brazilian Championships
  • Camp Coordinator – EBF – CBF – Brazilian Soccer School

Marcos Cesar Vizzolli

SPFC’s manager of youth teams

Professional Training: 1971-1975 Certificate Program – São Paulo
Graduated at II International Cup Course 1994 – Soccer Clinic Brasil Universidade de São Paulo – USP
2012 – Universidade do Futebol – Technical Aspects


• Infantile category champion – 1980
• Metropolitan Champion – 1981
• Juvenile Champion – 1982
• Taça São Paulo de Juniores – 1983
• Paulista de Juniores Champion – 1984
• Youth National Team – 1984


• Regional League Champion (Campeonato Paulista) – 1985
• Regional League (Campeonato Paulista) – 1986 (Playing for Paulista Futebol Clube)
• National League Champion (Campeonato Brasileiro) – 1986
• Regional League Champion (Campeonato Paulista) – 1987
• Regional League Champion (Campeonato Paulista) – 1989
• National League vice Champion (Campeonato Brasileiro) – 1990
• National League Champion (Campeonato Brasileiro) – 1991
• Regional League Champion (Campeonato Paulista) – 1992
• Regional League (Campeonato Paulista) – 1993 (Playing for Juventus Futebol Clube

Carlos Calderon

Level 1 Educator

Carlos Calderon played college soccer in Mexico City. He worked as the Director of Coaching in many soccer clubs in the USA. Carlos has been coaching youth soccer for over 28 years.


Carlos is a product of the BFUT Institute of Soccer by studying the BFUT soccer educational curriculum; Level 4, Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1 curriculum.

Currently, Carlos is working hand-on-hand with professor Thadeu Goncalves in the soccer education of players across the USA.

Carlos obtained his Certification the Brazilian Coaching License by the Federation De Futbol de Rio de Janeiro and the BRUSA International Soccer Institute.

In addition Carlos obtained the “National Youth Diploma”  by the National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA), the “Coaching Youth Soccer” and the “Match Analysis & Tactics” Diplomas by the Royal Netherlands Soccer Association A (KNVB) Academy.