As an Italian, it is probably not necessary to state that Stefano is passionate about football. A retired professional player now living in Brisbane, his passion is now passing on the football flame to young Brisbane players and teaching and inspiring them to reach their playing potential, whether that’s winning a grand final or ultimately playing for Australia.
As an individual, players can practise to improve skills. But soccer is a team sport. Great individuals do not make a great team. A great team requires committed players with the right attitude.
In everything he says and does, Stefano teaches his players the key to life and football success through eight principles:
• passion (passione)
• work hard (lavorare duro)
• focus (concentrazione)
• discipline (disciplina)
• courage (coraggio)
• sacrifice (sacrificio)
• believe in yourself (credere in se stessi), and
• joy (gioia).
Stefano is a true professional who rightfully earns the respect and adoration of his players.
Stefano has amazing playing and coaching memories throughout his 30 year career. His most recent coaching success with a Brisbane team is one of his fondest memories. Coaching the 2013 Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) Football Club under 12 Brisbane Premier League Team five games into their season, the boys hadn’t yet won a game. Teaching the boys his eight principles, Stefano lead the team to grand final winners, after finishing fourth on the ladder.