Champions Experience Comes to Lusitano Stadium

Stars Rafinha and Douglas Costa to Teach and Play

June 21 will be a memorable night in Western Massachusetts at Lusitano Stadium.  The Champions Experience is coming, along with Rafinha and Douglas Costa from German powerhouse Bayern Munich and the Brazilian National Team!

The Champions Experience will host a clinic at Lusitano Stadium on June 21, from 5:15-6:45.  Young soccer players ages 8 to 18 will have a unique opportunity to learn from Rafinha and Douglas Costa along with their longtime training staff.  These players will also share stories and demonstrate their techniques that allow them to compete at the highest level.  Each player will also receive a Nike camp t-shirt and a sports bag.

From 6:45 to 7:15 there will be a meet and greet session with Rafinha and Douglas Costa.  Bring your camera and your favorite jersey for them to sign!

At 7:30, Rafinha and Douglas Costa will suit up for the Champions Experience Stars soccer team and face the Western Mass Pioneers in an exhibition game. 

Former Pioneers player Everson Maciel is a big part of forming the Champions Experience visit.  Maciel and Rafinha became friends while playing soccer in the Brazilian state Paraná. 

Maciel found much success with the Western Mass Pioneers, making the 2005 and 2006 USL Second Division First Team, the 2007 All League Second Team, and in 2010 was named #9 on the USL Second Division Top 15 of the Decade.

I'm extremely excited to return to Lusitano Stadium" commented Everson Maciel. "Rafinha and Douglas Costa are looking forward to visiting the USA to demonstrate their skills that allow them to compete on Bayern Munich, one of the best teams in the world."

Tickets for all three of these events are available now.  Please visit to register for the clinic, purchase tickets for the meet and greet, and reserve your spot for the CE Stars vs. Pioneers game.  Space is extremely limited, it is recommended to book your spot today.

Douglas Costa and Rafinha
Everson Maciel