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Dutch foreign minister inaugurates football clinic in Havana
Published on January 9, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (RHC) -- Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans inaugurated a clinic for football players in Havana during his current official visit to Cuba.

Sports is very strong in Cuba and in this regard, football (soccer) is important in order to achieve further development, said Timmermans at the Mario Lopez National Sports School, where the clinic was opened. He added that, given the rich sports culture of Cubans, they will be able to learn from the knowledge of Dutch soccer trainers.

Timmermans also met with a group of Cuban soccer players who are already being trained by Dutch experts at the Havana Pedro Marrero soccer field. Five trainers with the Dutch Feyenoord club, currently occupying fourth position in the Dutch league, began a course in Havana to improve the technical and competitive level of local players.

“I love football (soccer) because this sport instills values to young generations; it helps improve your physical shape and social relations, and it also helps form better citizens. It also teaches teamwork and it is a fantastic way to unite the people,” said Timmermans.
 
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