Santiago Barbieri | Center Midfielder, Left Wing
Standing At 5'8 and 121 lbs, IDA would like to welcome Santiago Barcenas Barbieri! His previous experience includes playing on Guaymas FC, who was in the 3rd Division in Mexico. Santiago was one of only 3 players under the age of 16 on the field.
We're so happy to have Santiago part of our IDA family!
How did you hear about IDA?
"I discovered IDA by searching the internet. Last summer I was at a summer camp in Barcelona, too, so that helped."
What are your football (soccer) goals?
"My first goal is to become a professional soccer player. I also want to continue with academic formation all the way through college. The agreement I have with my parents is to keep academics involved in any and all scenarios through College."
Who did you speak with while making the decision to join the academy (your club coach, friends, family)? Can you tell us more about this decision making process?
"I only spoke with my family. The academic piece was a must-have from my parents to choose my soccer Academy. IDA provided a very good option for this."
What does your family think about this decision?
"They support me all the way. We have discussed all the possible scenarios that may come in future. I am conscious about them, and I will give all of my effort."
Favorite professional player and team?
"My favorite professional player is Lionel Messi. My favorite professional team is FC Barcelona."
What are your expectations about the level of football in Europe?
"I think it is a very good level. I believe that being part of a good system will improve my game even faster."
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