Springfield, Illinois, United States – May 10, 2019 —
Jordan Older has agreed to represent former Brazilian World Cup head coach Sebastião Lazaroni as his agent and has sought the help of his former boyhood idol and former Springfield soccer legend, Aydin Gonulsen, to focus on contacting professional clubs in Turkey.
Jordan Older grew up playing soccer in and around Springfield, Illinois in the late 1970’s and 1980s where Aydin Gonulsen was head coach and athletic director of the University of Illinois, Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University) and won over 426 career victories and three national championships in 1986, 1988 and 1993, including over 20 appearances in the NAIA national tournament. During his tenure, the Prairie Stars participated in the World Collegiate Soccer Championships twice and one European Collegiate Championship, finishing in second place after defeating UCLA in the quarterfinals in 1988. Aydin Gonulsen was selected to the UIS Hall of Fame in 2014 as well as the Warren Wilson College Hall of Fame and NAIA Hall of Fame. Recently Gonulsen was head of the World Collegiate Soccer Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Older has given Gonulsen a 6 month verbal agreement to search and find a head coach job for Lazaroni in his home country of Turkey. Sebastião Lazaroni has already coached some of the biggest clubs in Turkey, last coaching Trabzonspor in 2006 and Fenerbahçe in 1996/1997. Jordan Older’s father, Larry Older, who played college soccer for Champan University, video taped the univeristy home games and this allowed Jordan to attend many Prarie Star soccer games. Jordan Older played for many teams in Springfield’s YMCA soccer league and the Chatham Sting soccer club in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.
Sebastião Lazaroni is one of Brazil’s most experienced soccer coaches and was named the South American Coach of the Year in 1989 when he led Brazil to it’s first Copa America victory in 39 years and was the head coach for Brazil at the 1990 World Cup in Italy where he lead Brazil to the Round of 16 losing to Maradona’s Argentina in a memorable match. In 2009 Sebastião Lazaroni was awarded the Qatar Coach of the Year award as the best coach in Qatar.
Sebastião Lazaroni has won 8 major cups and trophies and has coached 21 top tier professional clubs and national teams in Brazil and various countries around the world. Sebastião Lazaroni has won the Chinese Super Cup, Japanese League Cup, Saudi Crown Prince Cup, Qatari Stars Cup, and the Qatar Cup, as well as 2 Rio de Janeiro league championships, with Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, in his home country of Brazil.
Carlito Macêdo is Lazaroni’s longtime assistant and an award winning physical trainer. Carlito Macêdo won the Best Physical Trainer award in Brazil in 1995 and has trained some of the top players in the world including Neymar, Diego, and Robinho at clubs such as Santos FC and Flamengo as well as helping Lazaroni win many cups and trophies around the world.
Jordan Older is one of USA’s most experienced international soccer players and is the only American soccer player to join teams from the 4 continents of Europe, South America, Africa, and North America. In 1994 Jordan Older became the first American to join a team in Brazil’s oldest top tier professional soccer league, the Campeonato Paulista, with União São João EC. In 1994 Jordan Older was a teammate of Neymar Sr. at Paulista FC in Brazil. As a player, in 1994 Jordan Older was invited to and participated in the full US National Team training camp by US World Cup head coach Bora Milutinovic in Mission Viejo, California. In 2012 Jordan Older founded King Sports Management to help local players in the United States achieve their dreams of playing professional soccer in Europe.
Sebastião Lazaroni last coached the Qatar National Team and Qatar SC in 2014 and 2016 and is interested in bringing his style of Brazilian football to the United States and would not turn down offers from Asian and European clubs. Jordan Older has already been in contact with several MLS and European clubs and Gonulsen already has a lead for Lazaroni in Turkey.
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