My love for the game continues to take me to far away places for challenging projects. A new journey began today on the beautiful island of Curacao in the Caribbean.


I will be assisting legendary former Dutch striker, Patrick Kluivert, to guide Curacao to the Semi-Final stage of World Cup 2018 in the CONCACAF region. We will face El Salvador on September 4 and 8th in the home and away series.


Curacao may not have a long and accomplished football history, but sights and sounds of the Caribbean island are breathtaking. The people’s smile and kindness are embracing. And this team has the personalities and potential of a Walt Disney movie.


Kluivert’s charisma, confidence and energy have inspired the players to reach already the furthest stage of the World Cup Qualifiers by eliminating Cuba. With most of the players’ football education in Europe, especially Netherlands, the best is still to come.


I look forward to sharing with you more incredible stories in the coming days, and I hope we can bring joy to the people of Curacao.


With a Big Island Smile,

Afshin Ghotbi

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