“On September 21 of 1998, I arrived in Brisbane around midnight and the next morning I went to Mt Isa to conduct a coaching clinic, which was something very strange for me,” he says. He decided to stay in Brisbane and before long had started the first football school in Queensland.
In the nearly 19 years he has been in Australia he has become a highly recognised and successful technical director, achieving premierships with several clubs in both the Brisbane Premier League and National Premier League.
Since that time, his astuteness, experience and management acumen has made a significant impact on the performance of the 10 junior teams, three senior teams and five junior girls’ teams under his control as well as another 65 players in the academy. This culminated in a premiership for the Thunder Under-18 team last season in the National Premier League Queensland competition.
Salvo’s achievements have all come about as a direct result of his core values of passion, hard work, focus, discipline, courage, sacrifice, joy and belief in himself. “I believe playing football or other sports is a way of teaching children disciplines as well as
While the Thunder has already come a long way in the five years of its existence Salvo is confident the bar can continue to be raised. “I have been very pleased with the dedication and skills of the players in the region,” he says. “We have one 12-year old boy whose parents bring him on the long drive from Goondiwindi to Toowoomba three times a week so he can train and play. We have other players who come from Chinchilla, Dalby and Stanthorpe. That shows how passionate these kids are and it is a privilege to coach them.”
Importantly, with Salvo inspiring those under his direction to produce quality football, the standard of game being played by the Thunder teams is on an upswing. “Our playing is not too far away from that of the top clubs in Brisbane and we are improving,” he says.