Luis Suarez. My fellow Uruguayan is not only a lethal striker, but makes a tremendous effort to help his team defensively, which makes him one of the best players in the world today.
What is your favourite football team?
Club Nacional de Football. Founded in 1899, this three-time World Champion team is one of the most successful clubs in football history, and contributes enormously to the glorious history of Uruguayan and South American football.
What is your favourite skill and who does it?
Heading, both defensive and offensive. As a defender myself, I understand the importance of being strong in the air. If your headers are accurate as well as powerful you can become a great weapon, unlocking difficult games through set pieces and corners. Sergio Ramos and Diego Godin are master headers in both aspects of the game.
If you could give one piece of advice about learning football what would it be?
Be persistent, train hard. Good football is the result of countless hours of practice and perfecting. If you don’t complement your talent with hard work, you will never amount to anything. Take it from a technically impaired, but very persistent player! 😉
If you could give one piece of advice about learning English what would it be?
Make English a part of your routine. If you think it’s enough with a few hours of language training a week to be proficient, you have it all wrong. As a former student, I found that reading and listening to music in English on a daily basis was as important in my learning process as exercises and class activities. Also, non dubbed movies and TV shows allowed me to see how to use English in day to day situations. Complemented with regular speaking with fellow students and family members, making English part of my routine helped my progress significantly.
What are your experiences in both coaching and teaching?
Playing for 6 different teams in both Uruguay and Spain, Ramiro has been influenced by many different ways of viewing football and styles of coaching.
He studied English in his hometown Montevideo for over 10 years, completing all 3 Cambridge ESOL exams with high marks at the age of 16. Becoming a teacher at 18, he teaches children, youngsters and adults alike.
In Uruguay, he took part in Ceibal en Inglés, the pioneer government programme aimed at teaching English to primary school children via videoconferencing, and this way reaching the most remote parts of the country.
Presently, he teaches English at various companies in the Madrid area.