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The Ultimate Gift

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We arrived in Ostersund with six staff members. If you ask the players, we will only be returning with five. 


Coach Mark with DU players during training.

Mohammad Adam and Sadaam had a hint of sincerity when they jokingly told me the team is going to do “whatever it takes” to keep Coach Mark in Sweden at the end of this week. If I was in their shoes, I would be saying the same thing!  

After a few days, there is a visible boost in confidence and soccer IQ among the guys. I can easily read the sense of admiration and love for their coach demonstrated in their training — their joyous laughter ringing throughout the stadium as they develop their game under his light-hearted jokes in a mix of English and Arabic.