Pepa points to UEFA courses and reminds Luís Campos: “You will always be one of the first black coaches in the League!” – International

Pepa shared this Sunday another excerpt from a series he created, eponymous “Never Give Up on Your Dreams”. In the 13th episode, the now Saudi Arabian coach of Al-Tai recalled when he started studying to become a coach, at a time when his football career was not going where he wanted. The 41-year-old coach hasn’t forgotten what Luis Campo, now Paris Saint-Germain sporting director, told him. “When I was still a player at Paços de Ferreira, in the 2004/05 season, José Neto (a football reference) when he saw me disappointed in a corner, because I was not playing and training no, he asked me: Do you want to take a coaching course?” “Maybe”, I answered without thinking too much. I accepted this adventure and started the Level I course in Aveiro. When I finished this training, I remembered the words of Luis Campos, my coach at Varzim: ‘I still want you to be one of the first black coaches in the League!'”, recalled Pepa.

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UEFA Pro course, solution or problem?

When I was still a player at Paços de Ferreira, in the 2004/05 season, José Neto (a football reference) when he saw me disappointed in a corner, because I was not playing and training , my request :

Want to attend a coaching class to see if you’re excited?

Maybe, I replied without thinking too much.

I accepted this adventure and started the Level I course in Aveiro. At the end of this training, I remembered the words of Luis Campos, my coach at Varzim:

You will always be one of the first black coaches in the League!

A few years later, in the 2006/07 season, I ended my career at Olhanense at the age of 26. In addition to training, I enrolled in the Level II course in Lisbon. And I continued to make my way until I reached Sanjoanense. At that time, a Level III course was opened. I couldn’t register for two reasons: I didn’t have four thousand euros and I already had the necessary skills to train at the level I was at.

I kept climbing the stairs until I was invited to Feirense, a II League club. Despite being the head coach, Nuno Manta Santos would have to appear on the technical file. That year, I decided to enroll in the Level III course, which lasted a year and a half. At the end of that season, Feirense came up and I was invited to coach Moreirense, a club in the I Liga.

It continued to increase due to hard work, skill, and opportunities that presented themselves. But does anyone believe that I could refuse an invitation from an I Liga club because I didn’t have a class? Would someone tell the president of this club to wait a few years until the opening of registrations for level IV, necessary to lead a league team?

I (and many people) still don’t understand why there are no exception regimes (registered on condition) for coaches who have been asked to coach I Liga teams?

In Moreirense, the episode repeated itself, Nuno Costa had to be registered as head coach on the team sheet, while I was the head coach.

I will coach Tondela and Professor José Sá was to be the coach in the score sheets. The story was the same and I couldn’t speak in the flash interview, I couldn’t give standing directions on the pitch and the fines kept coming. I started to give less directives to the field and to limit my action on the bench, until the president Gilberto Coimbra had a huge attitude. He called me into his office and said, Oh sir, do fines bother you? It doesn’t bother me at all, what bothers me is that my coach is conditioned on the bench. Feel free to pay me what it takes. It took a huge weight off me.

At the end of my first season of training in Ligue I, a level IV course finally opened. The solution to this whole ridiculous problem has appeared. What was my surprise when I received the letter with the decision of the FPF:

Dear, Mr. Pedro Filipe, was not accepted as a member of the Level IV course.

Is it possible that a manager who has climbed all divisions, coached I Liga clubs, has no place in a Tier IV formation? Even more, knowing that there were colleagues who jumped from level II to level IV? Because?

I continued to receive fines throughout the season for not having the level of qualification that I was not allowed to obtain. I called a meeting with the president of the ANTF and told him to his face that I didn’t take the course not because I was lazy or mean or disrespectful, but simply because I didn’t. was not allowed.

If the coaches, who have already demonstrated their skills, do not have the opportunity to train, how can we have such skills?

I have another question for everyone to think about:

Can we blame Ruben Amorim for wanting to coach Braga or Sporting when he does not have level IV? Can we blame Petit, Silas or Sérgio Viera for wanting to train in I Liga when they don’t have level IV? Can we blame Pepa for wanting to train Moreirense or Tondela when he does not have level IV?

Or are we all wrong?

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