Bruno Torres is a Portuguese Beach Soccer reference with a humble and inspiring background.
Hence, Fox Sports Stories Content Manager Edgar Dinis Gonçalves interviewed Torres to display further details on his enriching path.
1) Bruno you have had an excellent Beach Soccer career thus far. How did you start playing the latter sport?
I started playing Beach Soccer as a kid while participating in tournaments with my friends.
Hence, we developed several skills and the willingness to play which ended up helping on winning some of those tournaments.
2) Torres you had a couple of international career experiences internationally already. Can you share some of the FC Barcelona stories?
As all the other experience, it was indeed enriching as I had the opportunity to participate twice in the Clubs World Cup “Mundialito de Clubes”. However, I was entirely happy due being eliminated at quarter finals in both occasions. Nonetheless, it made me grow professionally while being coach by the legend and close friend Ramiro Amarelle.
Those times in FC Barcelona allowed me to learn in a crucial time of my career. Ramiro Amarelle has a powerful influence and impact in each player he contacts with, in my opinion.
3) Bruno, you participated in 5 World Championships with the National Portuguese Beach Soccer Which moment do you remember as the most remarkable one?
The most memorable moment was without of doubt conquering the 2015 Word Championship in Portugal. Winning the competition was the most desirable dream in Beach Soccer I’ve had. Conquering the former in front of my family and friends was unique.
4) You embraced the Player-Coach role at Sporting Clube de Braga recently. Can you describe the experience upon today?
It’s been a short time to evaluate the experience but in this period of practices I already understood it is something I genuinely enjoy doing – a different challenge collecting distinctive roles.
I am aware of the emotional balance relevance at certain moments. Hence I will face several challenges due to the latter but I am feeling ready day by day with an excellent group of people trying to anticipate the maximum number of situations.
5) At SC Braga you’ve conquered 4 National Championships and one Euro Winners Cup. What is the best memory you have thus far in a club with your footprint?
I can say all the moments are relevant. Even the negative ones are crucial in order to pursue further opportunities to grow. The latter are enhanced by the fans’ passions and demands.
On one hand you play for yourself and for them. When you win it becomes a fantastic feeling for both. On the other hand, when you lose it sticks in your head in which ignites the will to get back on the winning track road.
The third consecutive national championship due to the emotional intensity and Euro Winners Cup trophy became the two best moments I can recall.
6) Bruno you come from a small Portuguese city – Póvoa de Varzim. Which sport tradition does this city have?
Póvoa de Varzim sports tradition is enormous due to the wide range of champions named as “Poveiros”. The sports culture its well established since we are kids given the opportunities from several sports. As so, these young athletes can choose the sports which fits the best into ones profile – a crucial aspect to produce champions. However, you do not need to win a medal to be a champion!
Above all, you need to compete in a healthy way. Enjoy what you are doing creating affective skills and friend for life being closer to happiness rather than sadness.
Because, as we like it or not, we need to live with good and bad situations. The difference is how we handle them.
7) Which professional advices would you give to young male and female athletes who wants to pursue a career in Beach Soccer?
Above all you should not create high expectations as, unfortunately, Beach Soccer is a sport in a growing process. Hence, it cannot give you (yet) stability to seek a professional career.
Giving away this less-than-ideal situation the sport has evolved in the last couple of years. Consequently, the best advice I can give is if you honestly want to conquer this dream is being aware of the amount of time you need to invest working hard. The sacrifices involved to reach the top are countless.
Work, dedication and willingness to fight are fundamental aspects which are aligned with a higher than average quality and capacity to reach a top notch level of consistency. At Beach Soccer, to reach the top, you shall be more than a player – a great athlete.
You can find Bruno on Facebook and on instagram: @torresbruno4