Real Madrid’s Marcelo reported for coaching without credential at his academy

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The Spanish Nacional Academy of Football Coaches (ANEFF) has reported Real Madrid left-back Marcelo’s company, Campus 12, to the regional ministry of sport for professional intrusiveness.

Marcelo and his Brazilian compatriot Caio Alves, an indoor football professional for FS Valdepenas, manage a football training course, project Campus 12 using the sporting facilities of Getafe’s town hall, a southern suburb of Madrid.

The course covers seven-a-side, beach football and indoor football.

“We have reported Marcelo and Caio Alves’ limited company Campus 12 School as they carry out soccer sessions without any coaching credentials,” ANEFF president Conrado Galan told ESPN FC on Friday.

“They have a football school and the sessions are held in sporting facilities owned by Getafe’s town hall, coincidentally 200 metres away from ANEFF’s headquarters. It hurts us to watch that with our own eyes and we had to do something about it.”

ESPN FC has contacted Marcelo’s representatives and Campus 12 for comment.

Earlier this year Marcelo posted a video on his YouTube channel showing himself and his associate Caio Alves giving what a staff member called a “master class” at Getafe’s sporting facilities.

Marcelo and Caio Alves are on the staff page of the website but only one member, Andres Parada, has the credentials to coach.

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo has been reported by the Spanish coaches association for coaching without credentials.

“We gave them the opportunity back in January, when we first reported it, and urged them to take away from their website and their social media any reference that they were coaches as the law demands that in order to be a football coach you need a sporting qualification,” Galan said.

“In their case they would need to have the intermediate or superior title of sporting technician and only one of the staff has that [Parada]. They completely ignored this and we’ve had to go public.”

There are numerous Spanish players that do have their own football camps, including Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and New York City FC striker David Villa.

“There are other footballers that have training camps but all they do is put their image and they don’t intervene in the physical education activities,” Galan said.”In this case, besides putting their image, they do intervene and mention on their websites that the technical staff is made up of Marcelo, Caio, in order to attract more clients and hence have more benefit.”

The next Campus 12 session will take place in June at a cost of 215 euros per child per week.

“What we want is that if they [Marcelo and Caio] want to be a part of our profession, they should obtain the qualification as the rest of us have done in order to comply with the law,” Galan said. “Alternatively, to let others who have the qualification do the training. They must remove from their website, social media and publicity that they are teaching those sessions.”

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.