William Machado de Oliveira, known as William to his thousands of fans, is currently studying English at EC’s Malta school in St. Julians. The defender is spending 5 weeks in Malta after an 8-week stint at EC’s London school.
Currently on a sabbatical from the game, 34-year old William captained Sao Paulo’s Corinthians, a team with around 30 million supporters; the second-most followed team in Brazil. Under his captaincy, Corinthians won the Copa do Brasil in 2009 in an undefeated campaign; only the second-ever team in Brazil to win without losing a game.
During his career, William’s honours have included winning the Campeonato Paulista in 2009, the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B in 2008, the Rio Grande do Sul State League in 2006 and 2007 and the Minas Gerais State League in 2005. In 2000, he played for Cruzeiro who won the Copa do Brasil cup that year.
This week, Junior Students studying English at EC Malta, are in for a treat: on Thursday 21st July, William is personally coaching a football clinic for them at St. Martin’s College Campus in Swatar. EC’s junior program, known as Classic Malta, gives teens from 13 to 17 years of age the ability to learn English in an environment that combines lessons with a schedule of excursions and activities. The football clinic is a one-off event for the summer and students are really excited about having the chance-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with a world-class, professional footballer who has captained the likes of Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.