Search for Next Soccer Star returns with Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions

Journey to coveted place in prestigious European Soccer Academy begins in Detroit, Windsor
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June 3, 2009 - PRLog -- Search for Next Soccer Star returns with
Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions

Journey to coveted place in prestigious European
Soccer Academy begins in Detroit, Windsor

WINDSOR, Ontario –Steve Nijjar and Jalal Merhi are pleased to announce that the search for the next soccer star returns for a second season this summer when the reality TV series Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions visits cities in the U.S., Canada and U.K. to find 40 top young soccer players, one of which will earn a one year placement with FootballCV Academy, a top European soccer academy.

‘We want to show the audience the passion and drive of these young men, who are willing to do what it takes to achieve their dream,’ says Steve Nijjar creator of the Soccer Dreams series.  ‘Everyone has a dream and Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions will help realize it for one lucky young man, while taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as viewers follow the players’ ups and downs from registration to the final cut.’

Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions will travel to two cites in the U.S. (Chicago and Detroit) and three in Canada (Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa) with a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in between to FootballCV Academy in Irthlingborough, Northhamptonshire, England.  

Once selected, the 40 players will advance to the ‘House of Champions’ in Ottawa and FootballCV Academy.  In Canada’s capital, the players will live together for a week and be trained under the watchful eyes of a FIFA licensed agent and top coaches from across North America. The coaches will  put the players through a series of demanding skills, drills and games to determine the players that have the mettle to realize their dream.  The final stage will see the group of 40 pared down to 16 players, who will spend a another week at the academy.  One young man will be chosen from this group and move one step closer to playing professional soccer in the world’s most high profile league.

‘I can’t think of a better place to kick off the Soccer Dreams journey than the Detroit-Windsor area,’ said Nijjar.  ‘The people in the border cities are known for their spirit and work ethic, just two of the many key qualities that players will need to achieve their goal.‘  Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions will be in Windsor on June 13 at Ecole Secondaire L’Essor before crossing the border to Detroit’s Schoolcraft College the next day for tryouts on June 14.  

Below are the dates, locations and times of all the trials.  

Windsor, CANADA   June 13 2009   Ecole Secondaire L’Essor   9 a.m.
Detroit, USA   June 14, 2009   Schoolcraft College   9 a.m.
Irthlingborough, U.K.   July 25, 2009   FootballCV Academy   9 a.m.
Toronto, CANADA   July 29, 2009   ANB Soccer Academy   9 a.m.
Chicago, USA   Aug. 1 2009   TBD   9 a.m.
Ottawa, CANADA   Aug. 5, 2009   OZ Dome   9 a.m.
NOTE :  all times local

The 22-episode series will follow the story of the young men, aged 14-19, from the trials right through to the final.  They will face not only each other on the field, but also challenges off the field that will test their character and mental toughness.  Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look into the boys’ trials and tribulatons as they do whatever it takes for their once in a lifetime chance at a full-time scholarship.  The series will hit its peak in the final episode when one lucky young man receives his one-year placement at FootballCV Academy.

Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions follows on the heels of the widely popular season one, Soccer Dreams-Road to Everton, which was a distributon success.  The first series aired on Fox Soccer Channel in the U.S., Men TV in Canada and on various networks in other international markets.  Soccer Dreams-Road to Everton followed the story of thousands of young players in their quest to fulfill a dream of a contract with Everton Football Club of the English Premier League.  Ottawa’s Abraham Donzo, a refugee from the impoverished West African nation of Liberian-Guinea, won the coveted spot and is currently with Everton’s academy.  Highlights from Soccer Dreams-Road to Everton are available at  Soccer Dreams-Road to Everton was produced and directed by Jalal Merhi of Film One Distribution and executive produced by Nijjar and Mark Andre Poyser.
Players aged 14 to 19 interested in trying out for Soccer Dreams 2: Creating Champions can register at

Steve Nijjar recently created, developed, and executive produced Soccer Dreams-Road to Everton a reality TV series and Ultimate Cage Soccer, its latest creation that puts the excitement of soccer into the confines of a steel cage.  Jalal Merhi of Film One develops and produces feature films and television programs for worldwide distribution.


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