Business student scores deal with Barcelona futsal club

Notre Dame student Daniel Cappellaro has moved to Barcelona
to play futsal for FC Castelldefels.

26 February 2014

Talented Business student from The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus, Daniel Cappellaro, laced up his boots for the first time in Barcelona recently as part of a four-month loan deal with Spanish futsal club FC Castelldefels.

A widely recognised and popular futsal (indoor soccer) player in Perth for State League team, Cambio Cumbre, Daniel hopes this could be his breakthrough into playing in one of the best competitions in the world.

At the age of 18, Daniel began his own soccer coaching company and brand identity, D10 Football – combining the initial of his first name and favourite number.

In 2011, the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management student's eye-opening skills caught the attention of some of the game's biggest names whilst playing for Buenos Aires-based team, Deportivo Caseros, in an Argentinean futsal competition.

Over the past few years, Daniel has been heavily involved with the Perth Glory as part of the club's 'Glory in the Community' program; school visits through the 'Glory Skills' program; as well as other cultural enrichment and community outreach endeavours.

"I enjoy the high level of technical ability that is brought out of the players through playing futsal," Daniel said.

"It's great to have the opportunity to play in a different country, experience different levels of play and different cultures.

"It has always been a dream of mine to travel to Barcelona as I'm a massive fan of Neymar and the city's outdoor team too (Barcelona FC)."

Associate Dean and Coordinator of the Sport and Recreation Management program at Notre Dame, Chris Mawson, congratulated Daniel on this recent opportunity to further develop his sporting career.

"This is yet another one of Daniel's many achievements so far, which have previously included competing in Argentina and 'starring' in the football video game FIFA Street," Mr Mawson said.

"Daniel's ability to balance his studies, work at Perth Glory and his interests in futsal though his passion, commitment and plain hard work should be commended."

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