"Director of opposition intelligence"

Depois do post "FC Porto e Villas Boas: lá fora e cá dentro", em que mostramos os artigos que um pouco por toda essa Europa fora foram realizados, com intuito de destacar o FC Porto e, especificamente, o trabalho de Villas Boas, eis que hoje surge mais um.

Já tínhamos abordado artigos da França, Estados Unidos, Itália e do site da FIFA.

Hoje, foi em Inglaterra: "Daily Mail"

Look out Fergie... Andre Villas Boas is becoming Jose Mourinho Mark II after steering Porto to unbeaten start

At just 33 years old, Andre Villas Boas is making a name for himself as the new Special One, following in Jose Mourinho's footsteps by taking Europe by storm with Porto.

Villas-Boas may not be as well known as Mourinho, but he is coach of the side who boast the last remaining unbeaten record in Europe.

Porto’s results are better than Barcelona’s, Manchester United’s... everyone.
And they owe their success to the man nicknamed Mourinho Mark II.

Monday night’s 1-0 victory over Vitoria de Setubal means that under Villas Boas, Porto have 20 wins and three draws to their credit this season. They have shut-out the opposition in all but four of 13 league fixtures.

The Portuguese is the rising star of European coaching who has had a sensational start to his first season in charge with the Dragons.

With 11 wins and two draws Porto lead the Portuguese League by eight points from Benfica. Next up for the all-conquering Porto are second division side Juventude Evor in the Portuguese Cup on Saturday.

Villas-Boas, 33, was still a teenager when he started working in Porto’s scouting department in the mid-Nineties while Sir Bobby Robson was in charge. The club were impressed by the youngster’s tactical knowledge and his ability to produce scouting reports players could easily digest.

Aged 21, he was appointed as the technical director of the British Virgin Islands FA in 1999, taking charge of the national team for a few World Cup qualifiers. After 18 months in the Caribbean he returned to Portugal to coach Porto’s Under-19’s.

In 2002 Mourinho moved to Porto and made Villas Boas an integral part of his staff. Mourinho took Villas-Boas with him when he joined Chelsea and then Inter Milan.

By the time he had moved to Stamford Bridge, Villas Boas’ pre-match scouting reports included personalised DVDs for each player, outlining their next direct opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. It earned him the unofficial title of ‘director of opposition intelligence.’

He ended a seven-year working relationship with Mourinho in the summer of 2009 to become coach of Academica in October.

Academica were bottom of the league and winless when Villas Boas took over from Rogerio Goncalves.

One local paper described the club as ‘dead.’ By the time the 2009/10 season was over Villas Boas had breathed life into Academica, leading them to 11th place in the 16-team league and the semi-finals of the Portuguese League Cup, losing to Porto in the Estadio do Dragao.

Impressed by his achievements in Coimbra, Porto sacked Jesualso Ferreira despite winning three league titles in four seasons and appointed Villas Boas in June.

Unsurprisingly Villas-Boas is keen to distance himself from the inevitable comparisons with Mourinho though he concedes the Special One has been ‘very important’ to him.

‘I am not a clone of anyone,’ he said. ‘I want to leave my mark on this club.’

It’s only a matter of time before a Barclays Premier League club ask Mini Mourinho to make a mark with them, too.

in Daily Mail


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  1. Aí está mais uma vez o grande Porto como um clube mundial e reconhecido lá fora. E André Villas-Boas a marcar pontos por esse mundo fora.