Peter Cunha '07
Law student

The Beautiful Game

For Peter Cunha ’07, soccer is a microcosm of life. Perhaps his greatest passion, the game has taught him about the world as a player and spectator.

Now in his final year at the University of Miami School of Law, Cunha plans to pursue a career in international commercial law after graduation. He recently was named executive editor of the 66th volume of the university’s law review, which also will contain his article on the interplay between foreign investment and environmental law in Brazil.

For as long as he can remember, Cunha has had an interest in all things international. As an undergraduate, he worked abroad as an intern in his parents’ native Portugal and in Spain. He plans to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime. But he got his first taste of global politics as an avid soccer fan. The FC Barcelona and Real Madrid rivalry reflected tension with Spanish nationalism. The 1998 World Cup England-Argentina match exposed him to England’s involvement in the Falkland Islands.

Cunha graduated summa cum laude from Moravian with a double major in English and international management. He also played varsity soccer here, and being part of the team remains one of his fondest memories. The physical and mental discipline needed to give his all for his team while balancing his academics was a crucial lesson. Soccer gave him lifelong friends, health, and the opportunity to play the sport he loves.

“That’s very challenging to do every day, but you do it because deep down you love what you do, you enjoy sacrificing for your teammates, and you want to get better at what you do,” he says. “Those are life lessons many people never learn: pursuing what you love and what you think is right. Some of the best memories of my life came from soccer: on the field, jokes in the locker room, and long bus rides. I’m truly proud to be part of that.”

8/23/11

Peter Cuhna

"Pursuing what you love and what you think is right are life lessons."