LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There is a reason that FC Barcelona is one of the most recognizable sports teams in the world.
Sure, they have some of the best players, lots of trophies and a huge stadium in “Camp Nou," that all helps; but, it's the style of Spanish soccer, system of pass and flow, that has really made the team an international brand.
Now, that style of soccer is what local club Javanon FC is working toward with its young players.
"So we are trying to implement pass first and dribble second where a lot of what we do here in this country is the opposite,” explained Javanon coach Jon Hilbert.
Over Thanksgiving break this last year, select Javanon FC players and coaches had the opportunity to go to Spain and play in a tournament there. The team learned very quickly that it still has a lot to learn and decided if you want to learn Spanish soccer, who better to learn from than a Spaniard himself?
Enter Javanon’s new technical director Juan Carlos Carreras -- a former Barca player who played with legend Diego Maradona and even lived with former Barca player and coach Pep Guardiola. He has brought his insight over to the United States and so far is impressed with the talent he’s seen.
"I like a lot. I like a lot working with the kids,” Carreras said. “But I think the best thing for improving the club is to teach the coach."
"You can see the difference that he has instilled in the players,” added Hilbert. “Every day you see them grow in their abilities in how Barcelona plays."
Carreras jokes that he didn't know anything about Kentucky before moving here and is still learning, including his English. However, that's the beauty of soccer: passion for the beautiful game knows no language barrier.
"There are a lot of kids who are good players, and this is good for the future," Carreras said.
This summer Javanon FC will once again be holding its FCBEscola Soccer camp at Kentucky Country Day from June 27 to July 1. You can register on FCBBarcelonaus.com and use the promo code FCBJAV.