- Date Joined: 6th November 2018
I lived in Portugal playing professional football from 1995-2002, after my playing career and decided in 2005 to pursue my education and qualification in High Performance football Coaching in the United Kingdom. I spent the next ten years (2005-2015) in the U.K., initially educating myself academically in football specific sports science and high performance soccer coaching at the University of Glamorgan and South Wales. I began my coaching career as Head of Sports Science at Cardiff City FC academy, while also being assistant coach and fitness coach to the U-18’s and head coach of the U-15’s. In 2011 I was invited by Mr. Malky Mackay to join the Cardiff City FC senior management coaching staff as head of Sports Science and Fitness Coach. I fulfilled that role for the next three seasons including reaching the English league cup final against Liverpool in Wembley stadium (2011/12) and the 2012-2013 season in which we were champions and ensured our promotion to the English Premier League. In 2014, while continuing to work alongside the senior team, I was appointed the Head Coach of the Cardiff City Professional Development Squad (U-23 team) by the senior team manager Ole Solskjaer. In 2015 I moved back to Portugal to pursue my coaching career, I was invited to become head coach of Atletico Clube de Portugal in the Portuguese second division. I have coached professionally in Portugal ever since.
I believe I am capable of bringing a very strong methodology and philosophy based on my principles, modern scientific research and my own personal beliefs. I have a holistic coaching style and a detailed approach based on discipline, trust and organization. I consider myself an "educator" as I believe coaches are teachers and players are the students that need to learn the game. I can successively transfer and apply my knowledge to improve player performance on and off the pitch in a pragmatic manner within the given context. My experience with younger developmental age groups allows me to competently create "pathways" and understand transition from academy to senior professional football.
Having worked at the highest levels of European football I can bring that understanding, experience and knowledge to help develop and implement day to day protocols, training methodologies, and create a football culture (whether that be club or country) within any given context. I can create a football culture for not only increased probability of immediate results but for the foundation of a stronger and more successful team (club or country) in the future. I want to continue to learn, develop my methodologies and seek experiences within other soccer cultures. I enjoy surrounding myself with people who can help me develop and learn by sharing experiences and knowledge.
I am determined and motivated in my work to attain my goals and objectives. My rise in European football coaching over the last 10 years demonstrates that.
University Of South Wales
BSc Football Coaching & Performance
University of Glamorgan
Football Coaching & Performance Foundation Degree
2017 – 2018
Atletico Clube de Portugal
Head Coach - Portugal 2nd Division (Segunda Liga)
2015 – 2016
Cardiff City FC
Head Coach U-23 Development Squad
2014 – 2015
Cardiff City FC
Head of Sports Science and fitness - Senior Coaching staff
2011 – 2014
Cardiff City FC
Head of Academy Sports Science
2009 – 2011
- Power English Championship winners gaining direct promotion to the English Premier League - 2013
- League cup Finalist vs. Liverpool Fc in Wembley Stadium - 2012
- Winner of the PDL South League as Head Coach of Cardiff City FC U-23 in 2014
- Published Author on Scientific Research Paper "Predicting player responses to changes in small sided game configurations in english premier league footballers" - Journal of Sports Science - Volume 32/2014