From Ethiopia to Barcelona

It’s not every day that we get to introduce two brothers joining the B1 Family to achieve their dreams. Today we introduce you, two brothers, from Ethiopia, Mikiyas and Eyoel decided to be part of our academy in their journey to be a professional footballer.

We will start by introducing the younger brother, Eyoel Zemedu Aklilu. The young talent, who was born in the capital of Ethiopia, has been watching football since his youngest age together with his family.

This is where his passion for football started. Along with this came the desire to play the sport and be good at it. He decided to start playing when he was 7 years and he did not stop until this day.

He has been enjoying the game ever since and never regretted his commitment to the sport. He has been training day in day out, determined to achieve his goal one day, and he will continue no matter what.

A bit more about Eyoel:

  • Nationality: Ethiopian
  • Position: Left-wing
  • Current team: B1 Soccer Academy
  • Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Favourite team: FC Barcelona
  • Aspirations for the season: Work harder than before and improve as a player
  • Long term objective: Be a professional player in Barcelona

Moreover, Eyoel is really happy to be able to be part of the Academy where he believes he will be able to improve faster.

He explained to us that it meant a lot for him to be a professional player. Of course, he wants to achieve it for himself, but Eyoel also wants to make his family and country proud.

Furthermore, on one hand, Eyoel believes he has a good vision, good dribbling skills and decent passing. On the other hand, Eyoel feels like he could improve his physical condition, as well as his shoot and positioning on the field.

Of course, Eyoel did not come alone as he travelled with his brother to Barcelona in order to achieve their “Spanish dream”.

Travel to Spain together

Mikiyas, who is 2 years older than Eyoel, also started playing football when he was around 7 years old. He explained to us that he was playing football whenever he could, at school or in his neighbourhood.

He remembers very well the support of his mother who used to watch him every time he had the ball in his feet.

One day, his parents agreed on finding a team for him so that he could develop his game, and that is what happened.

Mikiyas really discovered his passion for the sport and decided to pursue a dream: becoming a professional football player.

His parents were really happy about it and supported him for the following years until this day. In his local team in Ethiopia, Mikiyas has been playing in the first team and often in the starting 11, which is an achievement for him.

Nevertheless, Mikiyas has also other hobbies besides playing football. He likes watching movies, playing video games and read the Bible in his spare time.

Some facts about Mikiyas:

  • Nationality: Ethiopian
  • Position: Left-wing
  • Current team: B1 Soccer Academy
  • Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Favourite team: Real Madrid CF
  • Aspirations for the season: To become a great player
  • Long term objective: Be a professional player in Barcelona

The reason he has chosen B1 Soccer Academy together with his brother and parents is that they believed that it was the perfect environment to develop their skills, not to mention that Mikiyas desires to become a Barcelona player.

Moreover, he describes himself as a worker, bringing his suit the field every day. He is serious and hard working. For now, his only team in Barcelona is B1, even though we are already looking for teams that he could join.

Furthermore, Mikiyas believes he has good ball control, finishing and vision of the game. However, he would like to improve his body fitness like his brother as well as his speed and defence.

In any case, no matter how hard the journey is going to be, both brothers are tremendously motivated to get where they want to be.

It is special for us to welcome two brothers and we are really happy to add more players to the B1 roster of this new year.

Welcome to the B1 Family brothers, we are looking forward to seeing you on the training fields!

Guillem Pennewaert

Sport management student- Intern in marketing at B1 Soccer Academy - Sports fanatic trying to make an impact in the sports industry. “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”