BRIAN LEVY – Cádiz, Spain


Brian Levy, center, with teammates from Cádiz C.F. during his Youth Year IFX program. Cádiz C.F. competes in Spain’s highest youth division, División de Honor.

Cadiz is a great small city. I love how easy-going the people are here. I think it’s a great place to train and learn a new language because there really isn’t any pressure – very laid back. The older part of the city is very historical and beautiful. The nightlife is great and I have found it easy to adapt socially here. There really isn’t anything not to like about Cadiz.

Trainings have been going well. It’s very difficult – these are the best players I have ever played with. Drills include tactical segments, specific match preparation, or a high intensity 11 v 11 segments. At times it’s frustrating if I make a mistake or turn the ball over because I’m not used to being the small fish in a big pond and such fast paced play. It’s a completely different style of play. They move the ball like a pinball machine. It’s hard enough to get the ball and when you do get it, it’s even more difficult to play the next ball because everything is so quick.

I have training Monday through Friday this week. They have a home match on Saturday – this is the second one I will get to see.

We do some weight training before the actual training on Wednesdays and Fridays. I feel like I’m more advanced than they are with this and conditioning.

I’m happy this has all worked out and that they felt my level was fine enough to let me on board. Training in a professional club is awesome. The facilty is great with locker rooms and what not. It’s also pretty cool to be training next to Cadiz A & B. The players and trainers love picking on me because I’m the foreigner, but it’s a futbol team, it’s all in good fun, and they seem really happy to have me there.

I attend classes at a Cervantes accredited language institute called Spanish in Cadiz. I have classes in grammar and conversation Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. The people at the school are really great people and I have enjoyed being with them. The school is very organized and also provides some tourism and social activities, as well as the opportunity to meet new people (I have met and learned about people from close to 20 different countries through the school). At times, learning the language can be a little frustrating, but that’s normal. I’ve really improved and am conversing much better each day.

The host family has been phenomenal. They have helped me settle in and introduced me to everything here in Cadiz. They provide all the necessities and a comfortable environment. The family has really exceeded my expectations. Living in a host family is a great opportunity. I’m able to experience a different culture, mature, and practice Spanish every day.

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