FOOTBALL: Born in Alicante, Spain, Ramon Soria Alonso started playing the national sport of football with 6 years old , moved to the famous youth academy of Villareal F.C. and represented Spain in the youth national team, and later played professionally in 2nd division in Spain. Since then he decided to pack his bags and make a living overseas, playing football abroad in Norway, Canada and now Slovenia. Ramon is bilingual because of school education and parents that spoke two languages to him (Spanish and French), which has served him as a great starting point.
“I felt that I was growing more abroad. If you stay at home, you never know what is going to happen. You will never have this option of experiencing life abroad.”
Ramon and I also talked about
- The time it takes for an agreement between the agent, club and player
- Test periods and trials
- How his experience of an international school in Spain helped him in playing football abroad
- How crucial patience is in the process of going as a pro athlete abroad
- What to look for in a foreign team
- Being out of your comfort zone
- Setting goals and how to improve and take a step-by-step approach
- Managing your mindset of what you can control and what you cannot control
“Every country has a different point of view and you can learn a lot about their point of view and perspectives. In every city, I try to enroll in university courses, learning the language, and getting to know people.”
Reach out to Ramon about playing football abroad
His advice for athletes abroad
Very simple, just GO. Don’t fear, you are going to grow as a professional (because you will learn different way to play your sport) and as a person.