Exporting Football Coaching

Although Portugal squad has never won any UEFA or FIFA competition, the world already knows a couple of Portuguese football coaches who have no fear at all of traveling to far, far away lands in order to lead local teams and make them achieve better results.

The most famous is, with no doubt, José Mourinho due to his football and leadership skills but also to his always polemic personality. Other coaches are much less world wide known but their work is very much appreciated as well. To give you an idea, by September 2011 there was twenty four (24) Portuguese expatriated coaches! The scenario was as follows[1]:

  • Amado Ferreira — Benfica de Luanda, ANGOLA
  • André Villas-Boas — Chelsea, ENGLAND
  • António Caldas — Inter Luanda, ANGOLA
  • Carlos Azenha — Al Sharjah, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
  • Carlos Carvalhal — Besiktas, TURKEY
  • Carlos Manuel — 1º de Agosto, ANGOLA
  • Carlos Queiroz — (national squad), IRAN
  • Eurico Gomes — Al Raed, SAUDI ARABIA
  • Fernando Santos — (national squad), GREECE
  • Henrique Calisto — Muang Thong Utd, VIETNAM
  • Jaime Pacheco — Beijing Guoan, CHINA
  • Jesualdo Ferreira — Panathinaikos, GREECE
  • Jorge Costa — Cluj, ROMANIA
  • José Couceiro — Lokomotiv Moscovo, RUSSIA
  • José Dinis — ASA, ANGOLA
  • José Mourinho — Real Madrid, SPAIN
  • João Alves — Servette, SWITZERLAND
  • Luis Aires — Recreativo Cáala, ANGOLA
  • Manuel Barbosa — Shandong, CHINA
  • Manuel José — Al Ahly, EGYPT
  • Nelo Vingada — Dalian Shide, CHINA
  • Paulo Duarte — (national squad), BURKINA FASO
  • Paulo Sousa — Videoton, HUNGARY
  • Paulo Sérgio — Hearts, SCOTLAND

Nice, isn’t it? Portugal is a country of emigration lovers and football couldn’t escape to that! For some reason there is three (3) coaches making part of this running 2014 FIFA World Cup.

From left to right:

May the gods be with all of them…

  1. Due to the normal dance of football coaches and players some of the coaches may not be anymore training the mentioned teams.

Bye, Bye England

Stronger than me! What? My support to every team playing against England. Why? Maybe historical reasons? Maybe because every time I visited England they made me feel I was not welcome? I don’t know! Maybe because England owns a natural attribute of bringing up the worst from each of us, the foreigners? Maybe because I am totally convinced that English monarchy is one of the ridiculous things human beings have ever invented? Maybe because they drive on the left side of roads and their cars have the steer wheel mounted on the right side? Maybe because they named my hometown as Oporto and not Porto as it should be? Maybe because their police look nonsense searching Madeleine McCann’s body in the wastelands in Algarve[1]? Maybe…

Anyhow, see you in four years, boys[2]

  1. Do they always spend all this money for every disappeared English person?
  2. They still have a mathematical chance but who said that mathematics rules football?

Seasons End

On the precise day when it will start a new FIFA World Cup, which is every four years supposed to be a high moment for football[1] lovers, there are a couple of world events which people will surely throw away to second, third or Nth plan while paying all attention to the huge amount of football matches starting today:

  • the riots in Brazil, against the money spent by the government in the organization of that event
  • the robbery of Ukraine’s territories by Russia and the pre-war tension in that country
  • the reborn war situation in Iraq

Not speaking about the sad near future of 140 Portuguese journalists who will be fired very soon by the Portuguese multimedia company ControlInveste. I would say that 140 Portuguese families will start soon suffering from that tremendous anxiety always caused by unemployment. But… what’s the life of a couple of journalists and their families from Portugal compared to the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Peanuts!

Our concerns about human rights and human welfare are in general season-dependent! Events like the FIFA World Cup have been created to please humanity in general or to make even richer the ones already very rich? Hard to know! Brazilian people are using visibility of 2014 FIFA World Cup to call world’s attention to misery of millions of Brazilians. But misery in Brazil exists since Brazil itself exists[2]! Being a FIFA World Cup usually seen as a good social and economical profit to countries organizing it, I wonder if this is the right timing for Brazilians protesting against a misery nobody seems to care about in normal seasons…

Any attempt to guess how will humanity end or if it will ever end it’s a pure game for working out human mind. We love gaming, generally speaking. Gaming is something considered very much mental health oriented, therefore people is very often motivated to play games. The type of games it’s not what it matters here but the satisfaction we get for gaming. Because we feel very often attracted to danger too, we play quite a lot dangerous games. Games, where much frequently our own life is the price. And what can we do about it? Well, this is the matter we are made of and I’m afraid nothing in or on us can change it. Would it be better to spend our lives thinking about dramas and tragedies? Of course not! We wouldn’t survive for long. Fortunately for us, the intelligent form of life in this planet, we can live outstanding experiences where, for instance, we have Brazil’s people misery on one hand, and millionaire salaries earned by just a couple of football players which could take some Brazilian families off misery for a long while, on the other hand. This is a modern way of living, this is how we feel live, alive and happy. And if guessing how will humanity end or if it will ever end is some kind of an harsh game for some, they can always let those predictions to octopuses[3], pandas, guinea pigs, elephants or any other kind of less intelligent form of life…

Marillion have never been able to get away from the shadow caused by fame of Genesis (band). But Marillion have great themes which deserve my attention. Mainly in “gray” days like today when I wake up with my head full of confusing thoughts about the beginning and the end of good and bad seasons. I would say I prefer to pretend I am happy with myself and with the world because I will have lots of minutes ahead for watching a sport, football, I do like watch and liked very much to play some years ago. This attitude is called survival and is very common to almost every human being. Survival makes us to organize our life in seasons, hopefully very well defined and, preferably, very well seasoned.

This post is dedicated to the citric side of life…

In English

Getting close to seasons end
I heard somebody say
That it might never snow again
In England

Snow flakes in a new-born fist
Sledging on a hill
Are these things we’ll never see
In England

We’ll tell our children’s children why
We grew so tall and reached so high
We left our footprints in the earth
And punched a hole right through the sky

We’ll tell them how we changed the world
And how we tamed the sea
And seasons they will never know
In England

So watch the old world melt away
A loss regrets could never mend
You never miss it till it’s gone
So say goodbye, say goodbye

We’ll tell our children’s children why
We grew so tall and reached so high
You never miss it till it’s gone
So say goodbye, say goodbye
To seasons end

Em Português

Ao approximar-me do fim das estações
Ouvi alguém dizer
Que talvez nunca mais neve novamente
Em Inglaterra

Flocos de neve num punho recém-nascido
Deslizando colina abaixo
São imagens que nunca mais veremos
Em Inglaterra

Diremos aos filhos de nossos filhos porque
Ficámos tão altos e chegámos tão longe
Deixámos as nossas pegadas na terra
E esburacámos o céu

Vamos contar-lhes como mudámos o mundo
E como domámos os mares
E sobre as estações que nunca conhecerão
Em Inglaterra

Assistamos ao velho mundo a desaparecer
Uma perda que remorsos nunca poderão compensar
Nunca sentimos falta de algo até que desapareça
E então dizemos adeus, dizemos adeus

Diremos aos filhos de nossos filhos porque
Ficámos tão altos e chegámos tão longe
Nunca sentimos falta de algo até que desapareça
E então dizemos adeus, dizemos adeus
Ao fim das estações

by Marillion
Seasons End, in Seasons End, © 1989
Translation to Portuguese by Zé Barbosa.
Video clip with original front photo from our gallery.
  1. Some people call it “soccer”.
  2. Actually, Brazilians still blame Portugal for this constant misery. Can you imagine? Brazil got its independence in 1822, meaning, one hundred ninety two years ago. Almost two centuries after, are Portuguese still responsible for the miserable situation of around 70% of Brazil’s population? Huummm…
  3. See Paul the Octopus.


Between the is and the should be.
Between the was and the shouldn’t have been.
Between the she and the other.
Between the concept and the preconception.
Between the parenthood and progenitorhood[1].
Between the social and the individual.
Between the pleasure and the pain.
Between the will be and the shall be.
Between the stones and the flowers.
Between the friends and the friendship.
Between the floods and the drops.
Between the love and the be loved.
Between the desire and the be desired.
Between the space and the time.
Between the yesterday and the tomorrow.

May the gods be with you…

  1. A pure linguistic exercise in a language which is not mine. Why not?

Puzzled European Union

L’Europe social n’existe pas.
L’Europe solidaire n’existe pas.
L’Europe juste n’existe pas.
L’Europe de l’egalité n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la fraternité n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la tolérance n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la dignité n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la transparence n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la coopération n’existe pas.
L’Europe de la stabilité n’existe pas.
L’Europe politique n’existe pas.
L’Europe de l’état de droit n’existe pas.

European Union

Sur les élections pour les 751 députés du Parlement Européen, le Dimanche, 25 de Mai?
J’ai déjà voté…

2014 FIFA World Cup -PT squad

There they are, the twenty three Portuguese football[1] players named by Paulo Bento, the coach, to make part of the Portuguese national squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Any choice, from whoever about whatever, always is both a good and bad choice! So, let’s wait, see and enjoy it the best we can…

by Portuguese Football Federation
Portuguese football squad for FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Video clip it’s only a presentation of players’ names and pictures.
  1. Soccer, for USA and similar countries…

2014 FIFA World Cup

On the Road…

And the Portuguese squad is there. Again! This time in Group G together with United States, Germany, and Ghana.

Don’t miss Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, João Moutinho, Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Rui Patrício, Paulo Bento (coach) and many other…

4 16Jun 13:00h
Salvador . BRAZIL
2 22Jun 18:00h
Manaus . BRAZIL
2 26Jun 13:00h
Brasilia . BRAZIL
Local time[1] where match takes place.
Mouseover flags to see country name.
  1. TIMES in PORTUGAL: Boston+5, New Jersey+5, Salvador+4, Manaus+5, Brasilia+4.

C’est vraiment trop injuste…


  1. Calimero, a cartoon character making part of my Imaginary!