Imprensa estrangeira sobre o FC Porto


Third Party Ownership – The Paradox of Portuguese Football

Esta notícia não é só sobre o nosso Porto, mas está muito focada em volta do nosso impacto no mercado global, assim como a intervenção de terceiros nos valores do nosso plantel. Gostei muito do artigo e recomendo uma leitura atenta, fica este excerto que é interessante

But what if FIFA and UEFA finally put their money where their corrupt mouths are, and TPO is banned globally? Would Porto just collapse? Well, the money previously dedicated to finding talents from distant lands could be used to improve internal youth development, and both a drop from 80% of the squad being foreign for the 2012/2013 season to just 65% this season, and the appointment of Spaniard Julen Lopetegui, known for his ability to nurture young players (having managed Real Madrid B and Spain’s U19s, U20s, and U21s squads), suggest that the ever-savvy Pinto Da Costa could be preparing for life without TPO.

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Em Espanha a culpa é de FC Porto que desfez uma equipa

Artigo de opinião no jornal espanhol AS refere a pouca sorte dos treinadores espanhóis em Portugal, na sequência do iminente despedimento de Lopetegui.

Um artigo de opinião no jornal espanhol AS, escrito por Aritz Gabilondo, reflete sobre a sorte dos treinadores espanhóis em Portugal, na sequência da iminente rescisão de contrato de Lopetegui com o FC Porto.
"Portugal já foi outrora um lugar de primeira para Quique Flores, Víctor Fernández, Camacho e também o foi para Lopetegui", começa por dizer Aritz Gabilondo, jornalista espanhol. "O técnico do FC Porto pôs fim a uns últimos dias duros num clube com grandes pretensões, mas soluções pequenas", afirmou.
No referido artigo de opinião, o jornalista critica a política dos "dragões", que "venderam por 114 milhões de euros e comprou apenas por 38", deixando de contar com "Danilo, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Óliver, Quaresma e Jackson". O desmontar de um plantel que "fez cócegas ao Bayern nos quartos de final da Champions" custou caro ao técnico espanhol, cuja "vontade de triunfar contrastou com um ambiente difícil".


O mais engraçado é que ainda nenhum treinador espanhol teve sucesso em Portugal, mas a culpa nunca é deles... Povinho com a mania da superioridade...


desfez meia equipa ???? loooool metade eram emprestados ..... pateticos esses espanhois !!!! piores que os jornais PT


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Football: FC Porto’s first European football super school lands in Valencia - and it’s impressive!

Spanish football writer Andrew Gaffney has delved beneath the surface of the Soccer Inter-Action training school in Enguera.


As you circumnavigate the long, winding roads that greet you as you enter the town of Enguera in the south of the Communitat Valencianna, you’re presented with two images that immediately capture your attention. Surrounded by mountains and trees there stands an impressive three-tier building in the traditional brown and cream design you commonly find here and to the left of it you see two huge 3G pitches. Welcome to the Soccer Inter-Action training school in Enguera.

The grounds were originally owned by a construction company which had the idea of building the biggest theatre and spa in Valencia but ultimately ran out of money when the construction business crashed. Another company took it over with the idea to create a football school, enlisted the services of Joao Fernandes Teixeira, not the former Liverpool player, and through him joined forces with FC Porto to create their first European Football School.


Joao greets me at the entrance of the Academy building and I’m immediately struck by how young he is. When you think of academy directors, even at an international branch, you expect to be greeted by a white-haired individual who has seen the years take their toll but as with the modern approach to football, it requires a modern mind. However despite his youthful looks there’s an experienced head upon his shoulders and when he shows me the model plan you can feel the passion he has for his work, a drive behind his ideas and vision for the school.

“We finished the existing building work, we’re adding another building, a full-size natural grass pitch which meets UEFA requirements, another natural grass field for training as well as the 3G pitches we have for the school.” It’s amazing to think this isn’t the finished product and there’s even more to come. “We want this because we want to be a centre for professional teams. We normally work with B teams. Perhaps the main team will go to a 5-star hotel but the B sides will come here. In terms of the facilities, the football part, we’re better than a 5-star hotel but some players like to have a jacuzzi in their room. We have a jacuzzi but only in one room!” Although there are plans to build more high-level apartments in the near future.


Porto were looking to launch their first international school in Europe after already enjoying success in Colombia and Canada and they take control of the entire football side of things. “There’s an agreement with Porto for their B-team to come here for three or four years. At the end of that contract the senior side will come to visit and if they like it, they’ll train and use the facilities too.” Porto have asked for there to be two full-sized natural grass pitches in the future, which at the time is unavailable, but the initial trial by the B-team in the summer was very successful.

As you can imagine, there’s been quite the reaction here in Valencia to Porto muscling in on their patch. Attempts to create partnerships with foreign teams, more so the companies that organise football schools and academies, has proven to be a little difficult as many already have existing exclusivity agreements with Valencia CF. Porto’s Dragon Force School only began running in September so these arrangements were put in place before they had even opened their doors. “At the beginning everyone was saying it’s nice, what a great project, but when you become a competitor the situation changes.”

Years ago, for many parents, the decision of where their child or children play football is dependent on location and less so on the quality of coaching. Nowadays, especially in Spain, there’s a greater emphasis put on the standard of the facilities, the coach’s ideas, value for money and essentially finding out what the differences are between one school in a village and the other down the road.


“It’s our methodology that sets us apart and the way we develop and teach our youngsters. It’s different to the current ‘I pick the best and if they don’t perform well, they’re out’ approach. Of course we want to attract the best players but we are a school and if someone is at a lower level compared to his age group, we help him or her improve and develop the skills. We don’t want to say to a child you can’t learn football here or you’re not good enough.”

A lot of football at these ages, up until Under-19s, are littered with children who have had their dreams broken by club’s aggressive approaches to only having the best around. To make it in the professional game is extremely difficult and youngsters breaking in the first team at a young age even more so but some people involved in football forget they are talking to young people, at a very impressionable age, and with little thought gone into the effects, mentally, of the news they deliver whether it be bad or good. It’s admirable that an organisation such as this refuses to accept only the elite but everyone, regardless of level, and are taught with the same respect and time as the others.


“To organise the groups we do trials in the summer to identify the level of the players. At the oldest level, 18-year-olds, the filter is higher. At that age, because we only have one team, we have to select the best 20 out of say 30. We’re honest to those who miss out on the initial squad but they can continue to train with the team and if they improve they can be promoted and play more often.”

And it’s not just the facilities which are second-to-none but this also extends to the staff. “There’s myself and two Portuguese coaches from FC Porto who live here throughout the year, one’s a technical coordinator and the other a sub-technical coordinator. Four coaches, one goalkeeping coach and two scouting assistants.” And although the scouts are currently based locally there are plans to expand to other regions of Spain in the future.

Interest has already come from Madrid about opening a similar school there but Joao is cautious. In most towns and villages it isn’t uncommon to find multiple teams and to develop a project such as the one in Enguera takes a lot of time, money and resources to bring it up the standards required. Porto aren’t about creating franchises to make a quick return on their money either but instead are about long-term commitment to developing youngsters correctly and via their methods. There’s no quick-fix that so many search for.


“If you want to do it with a professional structure it’s very hard to build a good football school,” Joao tells me. “There are local teams run by coaches, who aren’t licensed coaches, who just shout and they feel the more you shout the better you are.

The parents [of our teams] tell me, “Oh, the coaches don’t shout. They’re very calm. They don’t say bad things to the referee,” and they’re surprised by that!” I think the same extends to England, where a lot of ‘coaches’ are adults who failed to reach the heights they dreamed of and instead try to re-live it through a team of youngsters - and the results are usually awful.

The structuring of the leagues in the Valencia region is another disaster at youth level with very little logic placed into the ordering of the teams. It results in plenty of mis-matches which benefit neither side but Joao mentioned this is also a result of people lying about their level of quality to the federation so they are placed into a weaker league so they can win more often and easily. Although efforts are being made to rectify this, it should’ve been sorted out years ago.


As we walk further into the complex on the ground floor there’s a recreational room to relax, play table tennis, watch TV or even play on the Xbox. At the moment there are no teams here but the idea is for it to be used during the summer and winter breaks.

There’s also an academy program which is designed for students to spend 10-months on site, a high-performance centre for youth players. “They live, eat and study here and also have personal training programs, individual tactical analysis, a nutritionist and a psychologist.” It’s available to all ages but it’s designed primarily for players who are 14 and above.

It’s almost like a degree in football. You’re treated as if you would be at the very highest level of the sport, learning everything not only on the field but also off it. These courses don’t come cheap but nor should they and there are already two players enrolled on this program with another one waiting for visas to come through. They have weekend trips and are allowed days off from their diet but as Joao points out, only after a match.


On the next floor you find Joao’s office, another recreational room for players to disconnect as well as the first set of rooms for players to stay in. Twin bids, a TV and a bathroom as you’d expect at any other hotel can be found in all of them. Of course, at the end of the hallway we find the deluxe room complete with jacuzzi. It’s much bigger, open plan layout with a TV that can be turned to face either the bed or the bathroom.

In recent years the spotlight has been on young players moving clubs and in the cases of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid the illegal movement of youngsters to their own academies. Parents of players who join this squad needn’t worry about their kids being sent to Portugal though. “During the year we select kids from different age groups to go there [Porto] to train. If someone impresses the coaches over there we’ll send reports about their development and videos of their games to them. This purpose is so we don’t need to send children to Portugal as the level of coaching and methodology is the same here.”


English is another key factor at the school and classes are offered to all age groups with a different twist to traditional classroom teaching. “There are two reasons [for English being important at the school]. First of all, it’s about education. English is the universal language of football and if we’re preparing kids to be successful in the future, the global world of football, the common language will be English. The second reason is because it’s one of the biggest handicaps with the Spanish culture [learning English]. So if we can use football to teach English, and if it’s really possible, then it’s an amazing contribution to society.”

As we move onto the third floor there are lots more rooms as well as a fully-equipped gym, an office and a tactical analysis room with a projector and whiteboards to go over plans for the future or re-examine previous matches. The attention is to detail is impressive as no stone is left unturned. It’s the type of facilities you’d expect to see the biggest sides in the world use and here it is, in a small village outside Valencia.


Even parents, who sometimes can become too involved, are kept at arms length as to not interfere with the training methods. They’ve got their own building on the other side of the training pitch where there are refreshments and places to sit, to observe their child - but only that. “That’s one of the most important things. We want you [the parents] here, to see what we do with your children, but this is a place for them to train and practice, and only focus on that without anybody interfering or distracting them. At first one or two parents disagreed with this but they’ve since told me they understand and agree it’s the best solution.”

You could literally get lost in this complex and it’s not even finished yet, despite looking as good as most high-profile facilities do. The leadership comes from Joao Fernandes Teixeira, who through his determined and determined staff, look to leave their own mark, however big or small, on the world of football.

So often kids are let down by poor pitches or unlicensed coaches whereas here they teach the value of the sport itself, the technical and tactical skills required, as well as developing the mind and teaching youngsters beyond simple instructions, to make them more complete and ultimately better players.

So if you see FC Porto having a solid bunch of Spanish youngsters on their books in the future then little old Enguera might have played a key part in that, all thanks to Joao and FC Porto Dragon Force’s work.

If you’re like more information on the FC Porto Dragon Force school you can contact Joao directly by the follow methods:

João Fernandes Teixeira
Head of Dragon Force Valencia
FC Porto International School

Official website:
Facebook page: Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera | Facebook

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