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Australian footballer to star in Spain

Cruz Cummins dreams of one day representing Australia on the pitch.

Months after the Socceroos play the World Cup in Qatar, the 10-year-old from Sydney’s Hills is gearing up for his starring role on the pitch.

On Saturday, the youngster will fly to Europe to play for the Australian under-12 team in the IBER Cup International Youth Football Tournament.

“Hopefully I’ll be top scorer,” Cruz said. “The most exciting thing about this tournament is playing against all the best players in the world at my age and hopefully I can play against Ronaldo Jr (who) plays for Portugal.”

Two Australian teams will take part in the IBER Cup: under 12 and under 15 years old.

The players were selected from New South Wales and Victoria.

The IBER Cup kicks off in Andalusia in Spain on June 28, where the group stages will begin before moving to the Algarve and Estoril in Portugal.

Cruz’s favorite Australian player is Tim Cahill and his top international star is Kylian Mbappe.

Cruz, who plays both on the right flank and as a striker, dreams of more than just the IBER Cup.

“I would love to play for Liverpool and also represent Australia and hopefully go to the World Cup when I’m older as an Australian captain,” he said.

“I’ve never been abroad before, so I can’t believe I’ll be representing my country in an overseas tournament.”

Although he has plans for a future at Liverpool, Cruz will also travel to the UK in September to accept an invitation from Manchester United scouts* who want to further appreciate his abilities and skills.

Two months later, the Socceroos will showcase their ability at the World Cup in Qatar after a stunning penalty shootout win over Peru in last week’s qualifier.

GLOSSARY

  • scouts: people whose job it is to find someone with talent in a particular field
  • heart stops: captivating, captivating, exhilarating
  • penalty: a way to determine the winner of a football match that ended in a draw

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QUIZ QUIZ

  1. Which team does Cruz play for in which international tournament?
  2. Who is he hoping to play against?
  3. Who is Cruz’s favorite Australian player?
  4. Who is his top international pick?
  5. Apart from one day when he represents Australia, which British club does he want to play for?

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LESSONS IN THE CLASS
1. Future football star
Cruz Cummins says he has a bright future in sports. He has a very exciting journey ahead of him and the chance to play with the best kids in the world.

What preparation and dedication does this opportunity involve? Cruz may also have to make some sacrifices to become a professional footballer – what could those be?

Create a three-column table and, under the three headings TRAINING, COMMITMENT, and SACRIFICE, list what you think Cruz will need to succeed and achieve his dream.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this action
Links to study programs: English; health and physical education; Personal and social; Critical and creative thinking

2. Expansion
Cruz has big football-related goals for the future. What goals do you have or hope to achieve when you get older? Write down five things you would like to achieve by the age of 21.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this action
Links to study programs: English; Personal and social; Critical and creative thinking

VCOP ACTIVITIES
Stretch the sentence
Find “who” in the cartoon – a person or an animal. Write it down.

Add three adjectives to describe them better.

Now add a verb to your list. What are they doing?

Add an adverb about how they perform the action.

Using all the words listed, make up one descriptive sentence.

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