Raquel Rosa has experienced a lot in football. As a child, her family emigrated from Brazil to Germany. As a language talent, she looked after foreign players in Hoffenheim and Leipzig. At the 2014 World Cup in her home country Brazil, she worked in project management for the national team. She also became known to the public as an interpreter on the podium at the DFB press conferences.
Today, Rosa is a player advisor and looks after Bayern star Dayot Upamecano, Amadou Haidara from RB Leipzig and Mohamed Camara from Red Bull Salzburg, among others. The 41-year-old is also director of the UEFA Player Agents Program and runs one Training course for consultants.
In an interview with SPOX and GOAL Rosa talks about her work with Ralf Rangnick, dealing with her hearing loss and the conventions of contract negotiations in different countries.
Mrs. Rosa, You have been a players’ advisor for several years. What do you think makes a good player agent?
Rachel Rosa: You have to know your player inside and out. Both athletically and as people. You can’t judge him and you have to know that he’s only human. Sometimes you have a top season and sometimes your performance is worse. In addition, a good consultant must think long-term and plan the entire career in order to negotiate the best contracts.
Raquel Rosa: “Something like that doesn’t fall from the sky”
Pink: When I was a little kid, my parents didn’t like it that much that I played football. My sister was more like a barbie. But that wasn’t my thing: dressing and undressing a doll, combing her hair. I played more with the boys. When I came home I was dirty and had blood somewhere. We played on the beach, on the street, in the backyard. Every Sunday the whole family came, there was samba music. You sang and danced. We had fun, we grilled. Then I played in a club. Tactics have always been important to me. Females are a bit slower, physiologically speaking. We’re not that strong physically, but we can understand the tactics just as well as the men. When I later had the opportunity in Germany to do my coaching license with the Baden Football Association, I also supported the boys’ selection. I then watched them do it and then imitated it with my girls.
Her life story is remarkable. You came to Germany as a young girl. How do you remember this change? Did you already feel the cultural differences between Brazil and Germany at this young age?
Pink: For me, the first image in my memory is winter. It’s already dark at 4 p.m. At first I thought: “Wow, that’s great: all the shops are open in the middle of the night.” But it was only 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon! Dealing with each other is also different. How to greet each other, for example. When we Brazilians talk to each other, we touch each other. I still talk a lot with my hands. The clothes were different, the food of course. I have always valued the education in Germany. In Brazil you have to pay a lot of money to get a good education. I also got a good education in Germany. About the integration school, to the secondary school, to the junior high school to the university degree and now to my doctoral thesis. I also appreciate the German know-how, this punctuality, this accuracy.
Her parents moved to Germany for professional reasons. How did the character and attitudes of your parents shape your later development and what you wanted to achieve in life?
Pink: My parents were very disciplined. They both come from poor families, but both went to university. My dad built his law firm. They always told me: “If you want to achieve something or do something, then you can do it too.” It was never about lack of money, social class or skin color. Or the difference between men and women. I’ve never heard anything like that. There was never anything like, “I come from this family, so I’m stuck.” Or: “I don’t know the language, so I can’t study.” There was no limit. So: “If you want something, do it and you will get it!” My parents taught me that you can achieve anything you want with diligence and work. But you don’t get anything for free. Something like that doesn’t fall out of the sky.