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Technical Interview with Pedro Bouças
“You can have the best ideas in the world, and be the most competent in the world, but if you don’t have opportunities, it’s worthless…”

Pedro Bouças has a degree in Physical Education and Sports, specializing in Football. He was for several years head coach of the women’s football team of Clube Futebol Benfica, where he collected titles such as national champion and winner of the Portuguese Women’s Football Cup and Supercup. 🏆
He is also the founder of the famous sports blog “Lateral Esquerdo” and a commentator on Channel 11.

Technical Interview with Renato Paiva
“The biggest mistake of Football Coaches is sloppiness and thinking they know everything”.

Renato Paiva, started his career as a coach at the SL Benfica youth academy, where he worked at various levels and became national champion (U-17) three times in 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2017/18. Considered one of the most impactful Coaches in the training and development of young players, Renato worked actively with João Félix, Rúben Dias, Renato Sanches, João Cancelo, and others during his long stay at SL Benfica that ended with the leadership of the club’s B Team in the 2nd Professional League in Portugal. He recently traveled to Ecuador to lead the Independiente del Valle team as Head Coach and Technical Director.

Technical Interview with António Barbosa
“The more tools the Coach has and knows how to adapt to the context, the more prepared he is for success”.

António Barbosa, PhD Professor and Head Coach of football, started his career at the Fernando Pires Football School and later took charge of Vilaverdense FC and CD Trofense, both in youth academy and in their first teams. António was also part of the Prozis Academy project, where he broke several records. More recently, he worked at Varzim SC and conquered the club’s maintenance in the second national league (Liga SABSEG) in the 2020/2021 season.

Technical Interview with Luís Vilar
“There are models in football that have to change in order to think about professionalism in the youth academy”

PhD in Sport Sciences and Master in High Performance Training, Luís Vlar is currently Pro-Rector at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences of the European University and a television football commentator.

Technical Interview with Tiago Moutinho
“The coach must be pragmatic, know the characteristics of his players and know which paths he can take”.

Tiago Moutinho spent his career in different leagues and countries such as Portugal, Serbia, Greece, China and Spain, where he worked as analyst, fitness coach, assistant coach and head coach. In addition to the semi-final achieved with Sporting CP in the Europa League, it also managed to qualify CF “Os Belenenses” for the group stage of the same competition. Tiago was awarded by the Chinese Football Federation, as the U16 “Coach of the year” and more recently he was part of the technical team of S. D. Ponferradina as assistant coach. Tiago is currently positioned as Head Coach after many years of accumulating experience in professional competitions.

Inspirational Interview with André Lourenço
“The stamp you can leave is your knowledge and your ideas, without fear of making mistakes”.

André Lourenço, started his career as a football coach in 2014/15 at ER Tenente Valdez. Since then he has represented clubs such as Sporting CP, Atlético CP, CD Mafra and VPS in Finland. In the 2020/21 season, he won both U23 National League and Cup with Estoril Praia.

Technical Interview with Eduardo Moreira
“If you conquer the man who plays, the player will come to you sooner or later”.

After several challenges as assistant coach in clubs such as Moreirense, SC Covilhã, Créteil-Lusitanos, FC Arouca and Boavista, Eduardo Moreira aims to take on a career as head coach. In addition to his duties as a professional football coach, Eduardo is also a Mentor and has an active participation as a trainer and teacher in seminars and training activities.

Technical Interview with Nelo Vingada
“There are coaches who can be very good (…) if supported financially”.

One of the first Portuguese coaches to work internationally, and one of the most decorated, Nelo Vingada began his coaching career in 1981, having passed through more than 10 countries around the world. Together with Carlos Queiroz, they formed a successful duo in the 1989 and 1991 world cups, in the under-20 category, leading Portugal to the conquest of titles. He recently embraced the technical coordination project in the Federation of Egypt.

Technical Interview with Vítor Pereira
“Training is making them comfortable with the ideas we have for the team”.

Graduated in Physical Education, Vítor Pereira began his career as a football head coach in 2003/2004 season at the senior level, in charge of Sanjoanense, later passing through clubs such as SC Espinho, CD Santa Clara , FC Porto, Al-Ahli Jeddah, Olympiacos, Fenerbahçe and TSV 1860 München and Shanghai SIPG. Vitor is one of the most quoted Portuguese coaches on the market.

Inspirational Interview with João Alves
“What I learned from the experienced coaches was much more off the pitch than on the pitch”.

João Alves, master in Sports Training, began his career in 2016 as assistant coach in the youth teams of ADCEO, then headed to clubs such as CD Mafra and SG Sacavenense. More recently, he moved to Angola where he worked at the Angolan Football Federation.

Technical Interview with Paulo Robles
“Observing someone regardless of the competitive reality is a phenomenal learning moment”.

After passing through the coordination and training of several youth teams, Paulo won 2 championships at UD Vilafranquense Futebol SAD as Head Coach of the U-19 Juniors.
In addition to his duties as a professional football coach, Paulo also has an active participation as a trainer and teacher in seminars and sports commentator.

Technical Interview with Vítor Severino
“Things have to be very well defined and hierarchical, from there everyone knows what to do”.

After representing several teams at Académica de Coimbra, where he was also Coordinator, Vítor moved to the north of Portugal to represent clubs such as FC Porto, Rio Ave FC, GD Chaves and Vitória SC. Outside of Portugal, he represented FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Al-Duhail as assistant coach.

Technical Interview with Leonel Pontes
“Coaches have to influence the group and make them believe in an idea through their personality, commitment, dedication, motivation and aggressiveness”.

Leonel Pontes, one of the most recognized Portuguese coaches, started his career at Sporting CP where he held various positions, from assistant coach to head coach at youth academy and first team. Leonel was also part of the coaching staff of the National Portuguese Team as assistant coach, an experience that lasted about 4 years with the participation in Euro 2012 (reached the semi-finals) and World Cup 2014.

Technical Interview with Luís Castro
“The presentation of the game idea together with the proposal of training and emotional leadership were the characteristics that took me to the professional context”.

Luís Castro started his coaching career in the amateur levels and is currently considered one of the best portuguese coaches, having already participated in Champions League and Europa League matches as Head Coach. He worked at FC Porto, Rio Ave FC, GD Chaves, Vitória SC, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and more recently at Al-Duhail.

Technical Interview with Filipe Pereira
“If we want to promote football and better coaches, we have to explore more moments of sharing without fear”.

Filipe Pereira has extensive experience in youth football, having coached Sporting CP, Lisbon District Teams and more recently FC Alverca team with he participated in the Final Phase of the U19 National Championship in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. Filipe is also FC Porto’s Scout coordinator for the Lisbon district, having carried out some scouting activities in countries such as Japan, Australia and Guinea Bissau. In addition to his duties as a professional football coach, Filipe Pereira also has an active participation in seminars/training actions as a speaker.

Technical Interview with Ricardo Duarte
“You should be more focused on what you can give than what you can receive”.

Ricardo Duarte has already performed the role of Professor and Trainer in large institutions such as the Faculty of Human Kinetics and the University of Évora in Portugal, where he also completed his PhD and contributed to the development of applied research in training and tactical performance analysis. At the federative level, he took an active part in the reformulation of coach education in the Finnish Federation. As a coach, Ricardo represented clubs such as Vitória FC, VPS, IF Gnistan and AC Oulu.

Technical Interview with André David
“What defines us are our behaviors, our experiences, our leadership, what we know and use as strategists to win games”.

André David started his coaching career at the age of 21 at the Sabroso SC youth academy. For 4 years he was the district selector at the Vila Real Football Association and was a prospector for SL Benfica in the district of Vila Real. More recently, he worked at the 4th and 3rd national Portuguese Championship in clubs such as GS Loures, SC Vila Real, GD Brangança and UD Santarém.

Technical Interview with Jorge Castelo
“The road is the best of the football because results and successes are forgotten within 24 hours”.

Coach, University Professor, UEFA Trainer and Commentator, Jorge Castelo started his career as a football coach at C.F “Os Belenenses” with Carlos Queirós. Jorge is also the author of several books and articles where he explains the logic of the player’s action in contexts of cooperation and opposition.

José Mourinho, Rui Vitória and José Peseiro are some of the coaches he has guided throughout his career.

Technical Interview with Paulo Sampaio “Rifa”
“There is no observation and analysis model, there are the coaches’ ideas which mold it”.

“Rifa”, as he is known in the football world, began his career in Leixões, having also worked for Vitória FC, Belenenses, SC Braga, Beira-Mar, Marítimo, Sporting CP and Asteras Tripolis in Greece before assuming the role of Analyst. In this position, Rifa has worked with coaches such as Jorge Jesus, Marco Silva, Leonardo Jardim, Bruno Lage and Carlos Carvalhal, being considered one of the most valuable analysts in the market.

Technical Interview with Ricardo Pereira
“We are not born coaches, we learn to coach by coaching”.

Ricardo started his career specializing in the specific area of ​​Goalkeeper Training. His academic background to Psychology has been an advantage in working with goalkeepers and in supporting the technical staff in managing the team. Ricardo already worked in Portugal at SL Benfica and abroad at Al Fateh, Standard Liège, Legia de Warsaw, Nottingham Forest FC and Independiente del Valle in Ecuador.

Technical Interview with Óscar Tojo
“The coach doesn’t have to be a Superhero. He doesn’t need to have super powers or supernatural powers, but he does need to be a Batman”.

Óscar has divided his career between education and coaching, teaching at UEFA courses and at world-renowned academic institutions such as the Faculty of Human Kinetics from Portugal. As a coach, he has represented clubs such as UD Leiria, CD Nacional, Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul in Mexico, considering himself as a training methodologist.

Technical Interview with João Nuno Fonseca
“You have to be prepared to lead a process considering your beliefs and the people around you”.

Since the end of his academic career, João has worked to create his brand in football, having started his professional career at Académica OAF, later moving to Aspire Academy, Qatar National Team, FC Nantes, SL Benfica U-23 and currently first team from Stade de Reims as Assistant Coach.

Technical Interview with Pepa
“For me, experience is not measured by age, but by experiencing situations”.

Pedro Miguel, better known as Pepa, started his career as a player. After that he worked at SL Benfica as Youth Academy Coordinator before starting his head coach career, moving from the youths to the professional teams of the Primeira Liga in Portugal, such as CD Tondela, FC Paços de Ferreira and Vítória SC.

Technical Interview with João Tralhão
“Opportunity is created from the fit between the club and the coach’s profile”.

After eighteen years in the youth teams of SL Benfica, where he ended up as the U-23 head coach, João Tralhão went to Monaco FC to be assistant coach in the first team. João has several collective and individual achievements in his career, such as the two Under-19 National Championships and the 2018 Coach of the Year award.

Technical Interview with João Santos

“For me, competence can be at any level”.

After several years working at youth level, João Santos was national runner-up as head coach of the CF Belenenses Under-19 team in 2017/18, receiving in the following year the “José Maria Pedroto” award for professional merit and success achieved in the 14th ANTF National Congress. João continues to focus on the progression of his career with several international internships at clubs such as FC Barcelona. João has also contributed to the placement of players in the Portuguese National Team, representing today Sporting CP as the U-16 head coach.

Technical Interview with Domingos Paciência
“It is essential that we gather knowledge and be aware of what is happening in other professional competitions”.

Former professional football player, Domingos Paciência has extensive experience as a football coach in countries such as Cyprus, Turkey, Spain and Portugal. Since the beginning of his coaching career in 2001, Domingos reached the final of the Europa League in 2010/11 with SC Braga (runner-up) and was Cyprus national champion in 2015/16.

Inspirational Interview with Francisco Guimarães
“I want to reach the top of international football as a coach”.

Francisco started his career at the age of 15 in the U-19 National Championship as Assistant Coach. Since then Francisco had the opportunity to observe professional coaches such as José Mourinho and Marco Silva and join the main Portuguese sports channel – Sport TV – as a football commentator and analyst.