Ronaldo. Full name Ronaldo Luis Nazario de lima, Ronaldo was considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time, winning FIFA’s world best player twice and Ballon d‘Or twice. His ability to plough through the defence with grace and strength was spectacular and simply a joy to watch.
What is your favourite football team?
Hull City. Home town club as a youngster – I went to watch the Tiger’s play week in week out, however seeing the Black and Amber Army go from a Division Three side to get to the top flight of the English Premier League has been amazing to see.
What is your favourite skill and who does it?
Favourite skill will have to be the double step-over. I think it’s a great tactic to confuse your opponent as you can skip to the right or left and leave your opponent flat-footed. By doing this you have created space and time to play the ball – it can be used to attack oncoming defenders. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, Totti, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane have all been known to use the step-over to get out of trouble but the most recent player to master the skill has to be Cristiano Ronaldo.
If you could give one piece of advice about learning football what would it be?
Maintaining a positive outlook and keeping an open mind I’d say is key to learning the sport. A positive attitude creates a positive vibe and I believe that’s vital in a team.
If you could give one piece of advice about learning English what would it be?
Patience. Nothing worth having comes easy, but if you’re determined to excel in something then anything is possible. I’d suggest starting with something small, perhaps changing your phone settings into English – you’d be surprised how much you’ll pick up by adjusting simple day-to-day things into another language – you’ll soon pick it up.
What are your experiences in both coaching and teaching?
Jordan’s passion for coaching started at an early age. Back in the day when he played for Leeds he knew coaching was the career path he wanted to take. Jordan has always shown passion, drive and determination and his ethos has always been to go above and beyond all expectations. Jordan’s first professional experience began in his hometown of Hull in 2006, teaching at two youth summer camps. His school head teacher nominated Jordan for the role and as always he excelled like no other. The position consisted of teaching the pupils the skills and tactics of the sport and the sheer importance of teamwork. His head of year and head teacher were both equally impressed with Jordan’s commitment and passion for the role that they chose him to represent and run the summer camp for the following season – as you can imagine Jordan was positively beaming!
Leading on from this experience, Hull City spotted the potential in Jordan and gave him the fantastic opportunity to coach the Hull City Schools youth in 2008.