Friday, September 22, 2006

FC Dallas team up with Brazil's Atlético

Later today FC Dallas is expected to announce a new partnership with Clube Atlético Paranaense in Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

The agreement will involve a home-home series with the club (similar to the one they currently have with Mexico's Tigres), sharing of coaching techniques for youth development and the possibilities of loaning players to each other for free.

With all the talent and history Atlético have, this is a major success for Dallas. By building up their international connections, FCD is setting themselves up for long-term success.

Dallas's next target for such an agreement is Europe.

Atlético has won the Campeonato Paranaense (their Brazilian state championship) 21 times, the Série A (2001) once and the Dallas Cup once (2005).

Their U-20 club won the Belo Horizonte Youth Cup in 1996 and 2006.

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