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Joao Pereira

Associação Académica de Coimbra U16


João Pereira, has a degree in Sports Science, with specialisation in Football Training Methodology from Faculdade de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física (FCDEF) in Coimbra. He also has a Masters Degree in High Performance, from Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto.  He finished his dissertation ‘Construção de um modelo de observação e análise do jogo de Futebol baseado na visão de intervenientes profissionais em diferentes contextos de elite.’ with 19 values.

He has been a professional Football Coach in Portugal at the Grupo Desportivo da Mealhada (2011-2014), CS São João Futsal ‘A’ Team (2012-2013), CSR Frades Futsal ‘A’ Team (2013-2014), FC Porto as External Scout (2012-2014) and Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Game Analyst (2014-2017), Paralimni Soccer Academy in Cyprus as technical coordinator (2017-2018). He currently works as the Head Coach for the U16 team, doing also game analysis. He was assistant coach/head coach at the levels of age groups, under 8 between under 11 and under 15 and under 16. In 2014 /2015 he integrated the technical staff of the FC Porto ‘B’ team, with the role of game analyst.

He frequently participates in events and conferences as a speaker in the areas of “Football Training Methodology” and “Match Analysis”, in Portugal and abroad (Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Spain).

Interview Questions

1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?

– Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (by Daniel Goleman)
– Thinking, Fast and Slow (by Daniel Kahneman)

2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?

I don’t like to think about failures, I prefer to think positively about opportunities. This is how I approach my personal and professional life, the inexistence of excuses and the constant search for solutions, guiding the same with a very positive and passionate attitude in everything I do every day.

3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

The ability to be more and more rigorous, methodical and assertive. Every day I try to find new problems and later find my solutions.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?

Try to find what you are most passionate about doing professionally, because from there you will find daily the peak of happiness

5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?

I love what I do and I hate the world where I am.

6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)

My grandfather for his ability to work and for his spirit of sacrifice

7. How would you best define a coach?

First of anything he has to be a good human, and after a good teacher and in the final a good coach. Because our profession is one of the most complex in the world. And, we, coaches must have the capacity to develop before the player, the human being, and after that we can intervene in more specific development dimensions of Football.

8. What do you do for your own CPD?

I like to remember every day what my goals are and when are my goals. Because I may want to build a house, but if I do not set it temporarily, I can build that same house when I’m 80, and that’s not my goal for sure. to reach my goal, during my journey, I search daily for new knowledge to create my own knowledge, through processes of analysis, reflection and constant sharing.