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Interview of the Week: Jorge Gonçalves

2020-02-26

The interviewee of the week is the coach Jorge Gonçalves. He's 36 years old and is also responsible for the Benfica Vila Nova de Gaia Football School in Portugal. 

1# Why did you choose to be a football coach? Why youth football?
JG -
For many years I was a professional footballer and as such just before finishing my professional career I started thinking about being a coach and wanting to have a "my" project in the training area, thus preparing my future linked to football.

2# What is your greatest dream as a coach?
JG -
My dream as a coach is to make a career as a professional at the highest level, just like I did as a player.

3# What is more difficult for you: to educate the players or the parents?
JG -
Undoubtedly the parents but I feel that the work we have been doing at school has been making them feel better and better in their role as educators in the sport.

4# How important is it for you to reconcile studies with training? Does your club help athletes in any way?
JG -
For us the school accompaniment is a priority, every period our athletes must deliver their grades, then we have a pedagogical coordinator and a Psychologist that will evaluate case by case, and all the athletes that are referenced will be accompanied in an individual way. The studies are totally compatible with the sport, they should only be organized. There is no reason to miss training and games to study, always knowing that there are exceptions.

5# Which professional athlete would you like to present to your players? What is the reason?
JG -
Cristiano Ronaldo. No doubt he is the example of resilience, will, desire, spirit of sacrifice, of fighting for dreams, of believing that it is possible and of a great professional in his field.

6# What do you think of competitive cadres in the younger age groups in Portugal? What would change?
JG -
Up to now I feel satisfied with the way the organization of competitions is defined.

7# How did you know about IberCup and in how many editions did you participate?
JG -
I knew it through a commercial and social networks. We participated only once in the Holiday Tournament, Ibercup Estoril 2019.

8# Do you consider it a useful experience for young athletes to travel abroad and play against teams from all over the world?
JG -
Very useful, it is also part of their growth, not only playing but also living with other cultures, as it happened with us at the school where we were staying, it was something that our athletes will never forget.

9# What would you say to a coach who wants to come to IberCup?
JG -
Belive on this tournament and enjoy all the best that football gives us, because at Ibercup that is possible.

In IberCup Madrid will participate some of the best World Class Clubs, where we expect some that already participated in previous editions like Real Madrid CF, Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Juventus FC, Paris St Germain, Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting CP, Gremio, CR Flamengo among others.

Today, IberCup opened the official registrations for 2022 tournaments and following the interest that has been enormous in the past few weeks, we got registrations from 23 different countries already.

In 2022 we will organize 10 tournaments that will be held in Spain with IberCup Madrid (New), IberCup Andalucia World Sports Festival (New) and IberCup Barcelona, in Portugal with IberCup CascaisIberCup Estoril and IberCup Elite Girls Estoril, and in Brazil with IberCup Rio de Janeiro and IberCup São Paulo.

The biggest clubs in the world are back to IberCup. And this time they all come to Portugal for the Cascais and World Final tournament. Real Madrid, FC Porto, Juventus, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, PSG, SL Benfica and Sporting have all confirmed their participation making this the most competitive Youth Football / Soccer Tournament in the world.

For five days, some of the best academies in the world were playing for the IberCup trophy.

These are the champions of IberCup 2019

Cat A - Goiás EC
Cat B - Comt Coaching Club
Cat C - FC Porto
Cat D - Getafe CF
Cat E - Grêmio FBPA
Cat F - SL Benfica
Cat G - Real Betis Balompié