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A coach since he was 14 years old, passionate about football and with an incredible dream: to become one day the coach of the National Team of Portugal. Meet Henrique Silva, the coach of the Under-15 Club Desportivo da Cova da Piedade. 

1# How many years have you been a coach? What about this team?
A:
 I started this path in 2005, 14 years ago. I've been in Cova da Piedade since 2017 and with the U15 team since the beginning of the season. 

2# Why did you choose to be a football coach? Why youth football?
A: 
The passion for this sport, and influence that we can have on the growth of athletes. Youth football its unique because of the intensity that athletes have pursuing their dreams, the dedication and passion they put into everything they do.

3# What is your biggest dream as a coach?
A: Without any doubt, to become the first national team coach.

4# What life situation would you ask for the VAR?
A:
 For decisions that involve messing with the lives of others, it's a curious question, I've never thought about it (laughs).

5# What do you prioritize in your training during the week?
A:
 The priority is the development of decision making capacity, creating contexts where the athletes are challenged to decide and reflect on this decision process, that in my opinion is the best way to develop the knowledge of the game. I don't have the illusion of teaching the game, I just guide the athlete, who learns is the athlete. So we can make the right decisions and have fun. 

6# Tell us what are the values that you most transmit to your players? 
A: 
Spirit of conquest, resilience, companionship, respect, fair play and also the will to succeed.

7# What did you like the most about IberCup Costa del Sol? What would you say to a coach who wants to get to know this tournament? 
A:
 The aspect that pleased me the most is the positive climate, the joy with which everyone gets involved, there I didn't see any upset faces, volunteers, staff, referees, employees. That being said there are no problems but only issues that need to be solved. Everything gets easier. The organization was at the highest level, the fantastic accommodation, the very good food, which is not usual in other places (laughs). To a Coach who doesn't know the Costa del Sol, well try to give your athletes a different week, full of emotions, full of games, with fun and leisure in the mix, then this is the right Tournament.

8# Football for you is:
A: 
Passion, emotion, finally Football is Fantastic. 


9# Representing the Cova da Piedade club is:
A:
 A privilege and a permanent challenge, to continue a past of conquests of glories, and to become a reference in the formation of talents.

10# The best coach ever for you is:
A:
 José Mourinho


11# If you could put together a dream team where you could play among the 11. Who would be your team partners?
A: 
If I could put together a dream team, I'd put myself on the bench (laughs). It's always difficult because we tend to look at the players who have marked us for some reason, so I won't choose the best 11 in the world but those players I could see playing and that for sure reason have impacted me. Neur, Roberto Carlos, Sergio Ramos, Maldini, Dani Alves, Kanté, Rui Costa, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Ronaldo.

12# If you could introduce a professional player to your players, who would you introduce? Why?
A:
 Fortunately I have already had the opportunity to bring several professional athletes to contact with my athletes, we have many examples, the Portuguese Player is highly valued, has a responsible profile, reliable, committed, highly competitive, competent and creative. It is unavoidable that this athlete was Cristiano Ronaldo, since he is the best example of all this, had a decisive role in changing the profile of the Portuguese Player. Even so, we have several young Portuguese appearing in the first league in top teams, João Félix (Atlético Madrid) and Trincão (SC Braga) both international teams for Portugal. 

There are people who have been accompanying IberCup for years. It's been more than 10 years of tournaments not only in Portugal but also in the world. But if you have a team that has been there since the first edition, this is Sport União Sintrense. Always commanded by its coordinator, Mário Rui, our interviewee of the week. 

1# How many years have you been a coach? What about this team?
A:
I've been a coach for 30 years, of the team of Initiates for 2 years.

2# Why did you choose to be a football coach? Why youth football?
A:
Because I like this sport very much, which I still embraced as a football player for 20 years. Youth Football because I love teaching and passing on moral, social and commitment values to young athletes.

3# What is your biggest dream as a coach?
A:
I don't have any particular dream, I would say that my desire is to see athletes growing up as serious, honest and respectful men.

4# What is most difficult for you: educating players or parents?
A:
I have no doubt that the most difficult thing is to educate fathers, because many of them portray in their children what they were not able to be. In addition to the financial mediatism of football that some people think they can achieve.

5# How important is it for you to reconcile your studies with your training? Does your club somehow help athletes in this sense?
A:
It is fundamental to reconcile studies with football, there was a time when those who wanted to be a football player left their studies, completely wrong: Today the academic training of athletes is extremely important for the future of each one of them. Sintrense has a multipurpose room that it makes available daily to athletes to study and do their homework. Because we know that the time is short and therefore the creation of an ATL (Free Time Activities) is under study, with qualified people to help the athletes in the school area.

#6 Which professional player would you like to introduce to your players? And why? 
A:
There are two players that I'd like to introduce to my players. The first one, Nelson Semedo, because he was a Sintrense's player and today he is in Barcelona. The other player is Cristiano Ronaldo. For the fact that he is a reference worldwide, and because of his life path, sacrifice and example for those who want to become a professional footballer one day.

7# What do you think of the competitive boards in the younger classes in Portugal? What would change?
A:
The competitive cadres are somehow out of touch with reality, essentially in the training classes (Benjamins and Children). What I was trying to do was to change the competitive boards, so that games with results of 10, 15 and 20 to zero don't happen, it doesn't make sense for the evolution of athletes.

8# How did you discover IberCup and in how many editions did you participate?
A:
I know and have participated in IberCup since its foundation, in fact I know and have participated since the first tournament still with the name of Lisbon Cup.

9# What did you enjoy most during the tournament and what do you think we can improve?
A:
What I like the most about the tournament is its internationalization, there are teams with quality that motivates the presence of our athletes, besides the coexistence, there will always be things to improve, such as refereeing.

10# Do you consider it a useful experience for young athletes to travel abroad and play against teams from all over the world?
A:
I consider it an unforgettable experience, they are experiences that stay for life.

11# What would you say to a coach who wants to come to IberCup?
A:
Come, it's a very good tournament for young football!

CAT A - 2010 ESCOLA FUTEBOL BENFICA ESTÁDIO
CAT B - 2009 CF OS BELENENSES B
CAT C - 2008 COMT COACHING CLUB
CAT D - 2007 PROMESAS DEL NORTE A
CAT E - 2006 PROMESAS DEL NORTE
CAT F - 2005 MERCEDARIOS
CAT H - 2003 MVP MADRID
CAT I - 2002 C. MARISTA DE CARCAVELOS
CAT J - 2001 PROMESAS DEL NORTE
CAT S - 2003F AIK FF
CAT U - 2001F VGA ST MAUR

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