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João Tralhão

Head Coach U19 Sport Lisboa e Benfica


João Tralhão has a Degree in Sports and Education Sciences, mention in Physical Education Teaching, specialization in Football Training Methodology, in FACULDADE DE MOTRICIDADE HUMANA (FMH), UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA.

He has been a professional Football Coach at the Sport Lisboa e Benfica club since 2001/02. He currently works as the Head Coach for the U19 team, a position he has held since the 2011/12 season. He was assistant coach/head coach at all levels of age groups (sub-14/15 exception). In 2007/08 he integrated the technical staff of the 1st team, with the role of assistant coach.

He was head coach of the Regional Team of Lisboa Football Association (AFL) in the levels of under-13 and under-18.
Graduated by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) with the UEFA A License course and is finishing the PRO License course at FAW.

From 2010/11 he assumes the role of Vice-president of the Football Department of the FACULDADE DE MOTRICIDADE HUMANA (FMH), UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA.

He frequently participates in events and conferences as a speaker in the areas of “Football Training Methodology” and “Team Leadership”, in Portugal and abroad.

Interview Questions

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

– “Transformando Suor em Ouro” (Transforming Sweat into Gold), Bernardinho

– “Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go In By Chance: Management Ideas from the World of Football”, Ferran Soriano

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

Failure is relative. I believe that the success has come from a lot of different ways. I cannot fail in things that are under my control: hard work, studying and research, planning, man management, … If I have a bad result, I will do everything to evaluate what happened and then plan so that I can correct it. This is my philosophy is to look for failures as opportunities to grow.

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

No doubt create the habit of keeping me focused on what is essential to developing my skills. Save energy for my roles and do not spend them unnecessarily on things I do not control. Use all my energy on things I can control.

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

Never let someone tell you that you are not able. Believe in your abilities and focus on every day being the best.

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

This industry is only for friends of friends.

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

My family. They educated me to build my life from scratch and based on foundations based on the values of a good Human Being.

7. How would you best define a coach?

Before being a Football Players Coach is a Men’s teacher. I consider that to be a top Football Coach you must first realize that you should be a top Human Being Coach. Then, I consider as Best Coach who manages to transform players’ behaviour. Make them more capable. Personally, I like to see a team playing with a concrete idea and synchronized.

8. What do you do for your own CPD?

Everyday keep clear what I need to do to achieve my goals. I try to maintain a critical attitude about my work and promote a climate of reflexive mentality and constructive criticism of the people who work with me. I am constantly seeking knowledge and graduating from the courses I understand that will help my development as a coach and leader.