Reiver's career save. Apr 17, 2020 21:43:41 GMT
Post by Reiver on Apr 17, 2020 21:43:41 GMT
Meet Yannick Monteiro. Born in Quebec to Portuguese parents, he took to the loved sport of his parents, preferring the dance of football to the brawl of ice hockey. He played in Quebec as a kid and impressed enough to get into Toronto FC's Academy upon it's opening in 2008, and playing for the Canadian Youth National Teams all the way to under-16s. When he was 18, he had offers to attend both American and Canadian Universities as an athete, but he turned it down for a chance to study in Portugal and hopefully start a football career in Europe. He enrolled in University in Lisbon and trialed for several local clubs - the big two in the capital as well as Belenenses didn't even bother to look at him (that's what happens when you don't even have an agent). He ended up playing one season for Oriental, down in the third division, where he impressed despite the club's midtable finish, and there was some interest from teams the division above when his knees disagreed with him on a game with friends. Even after surgery and months of rehabilitation, his knees were never the same. He still played but now at amateur level, while working in a call center during the day, saving up money and studying to get coaching badges to stay in the game after his knees completely wear out.
The year is now 2019, and a proud Yannick just got the minimum level to coach a senior team - and a lot of CVs were sent and contacts gained through playing were called...