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Gonçalo Nunes
NF Academy Director

"To achieve dreams and to follow their ambitions, both passion for football and hard work are required"


NF Academy International Director Gonçalo Nunes has an impressive 25-year background in youth football. He is a solid resource for both NF Academy and the players in the academy system together with NF Academy Director Joao Plantier.

Gonçalo has mainly worked as Head Coach, technical coordinator and technical director for 25 years in international football. He has a UEFA-A license as well as level 3 IPDJ as a sports coach, and is really looking forward to working closer to the talented players of NF Academy.


I am very excited about the project as I will be involved in further developing, and getting to work on player development of all the players from Scandinavia. I hope to make the programs even better and to promote the quality brand NF Academy stands for. I know how to share my experience and knowledge in player development, so that they both improve as people and players.



6 years at Manchester United football school

2 years at Sporting CP youth teams

5 years at SL Benfica youth teams

2 years at NF Academy as Director

He has mainly worked with youth teams, where he has more than 10 years of experience in age groups between U15, U17 and U19. For the longest time, Gonçalo has been in AD Oeiras where he was for 14 years, but he also has a long time in clubs such as Sporting and SC Sacavenense.

Train with Goncalo in these programs

International Programs

NF Academy creates opportunities throughout Europe for players to participate in training camps and in tournaments.

NF International

Qualify for a training camp with Sporting CP.

NF Club Experience

Travel to Lisbon for a week and experience how Portuguese clubs train.


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We work by the principle «to teach the game by playing it». Our exercises are therefore developed to recreate the intensity and complexity that the players experience in the different situations of the game. The sessions are of high intensity, many involvements with the ball, focus on taking the right decisions and giving the players a better understanding of the game.

In all of our activities, our main objective is to develop the player. For the players that wants to train regularly with NF Academy we focus on the following:

  • Intensive training designed for player development.
  • Individual follow up over time.
  • Training adapted to the level of the player and their goals for learning.
  • Play games against teams that gives the players sufficient challenge to increase their level as a player.

Local Programs

NF Academy has a clear vision of contributing to develop more international top-players. Through our local training camps, we are going to give players valuable learning that they can bring back to their daily training.

Date Program Country Place Age Group
07 - 09 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Norway Lofoten 2008-2015
24 - 26 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Sweden Göteborg 2008-2015
28 - 30 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Norway Moss 2008-2015
28 - 30 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Sweden Malmö 2008-2015
01 - 03 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Kristiansand 2008-2015

Have a look at the overview of all of our events here.

International Programs

As an international football academy, NF Academy creates opportunities throughout Europe for players to participate in training camps and in tournaments. These are great opportunities for players to develop their skills in a competitive environment, where they can face well-known international teams like Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Zenit, or even train with Sporting CP coaches in Lisbon.

Date Program Country Place Age Group
01 - 07 Jul 2024 NF Selection Tallinn Cup Estonia Tallinn 2008-2013
15 - 25 Jul 2024 NF High Performance Portugal Rio Maior 2009-2005
29 Sep - 05 Oct 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 40
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
06 - 12 Oct 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 41
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
13 - 19 Oct 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 42
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014

Have a look at the overview of all of our events here.

NF Virtual Academy

NF Virtual Academy gives players unique access to personal coaching by an NF Professional coach. In our one- or three-month programs, players will get weekly physical, technical and theoretical training challenges and exercises from the coach. Each player will also receive individual follow-up and feedback in a weekly video consultation to evaluate the training and improvement areas for optimal progression.


«I participated with NF Academy’s U13 team, which was great! Vi got to the quarter-final, where we lost to Sporting CP on penalties. It’s not the best way to go out of a competition, but the whole setup is great with some very good coaches!”
Niklas Haugland, Leeds U23 and Norway U17 national team

“I would say my time with NF Academy has helped take away the challenging aspect that new situations can produce, such as getting national team call-ups, changing clubs or taking further steps as a player. Their programs are on a high level, with good coaches, and there are players from different nationalities who seek the same as you. It really makes you develop both as a person and a player.”
Oscar Fuglesang, Silkeborg and Denmark U17 national team

«João Plantier has played an important part in my career for several reasons. He gave me freedom and believed in me. We had a close relationship, and he monitored me the whole way. João gave me feedback on what I needed to improve during matches, and last but not least, he was very good at constantly providing me with new challenges.”
Zeca, Captain of FC Copenhagen and Greece national team

“I played together with some very good players and trained under very competent coaches. First and foremost, it was a great experience, and I got a good reference for what level the best teams in Europe were on. Such programs carry a lot of worth because they, later on, make the transition to new teams and levels easier.”
Kristian Arnstad, RSC Anderlecht and captain of Norway U16

“The training sessions are on a very high level, and there are exercises I have never participated in before. I have learned a lot, which I take with me to my training back home in Norway”
Dylan Ryan Murugesapilla, Lillestrøm and captain of Norway U15

“My boys (born 2004 and 2007) are really excited to come to the IberCup Cascais tournament. Not only to play against top teams but also to see where their current level is and to train and meet other good players around Scandinavia. To have programs like NF Academy is fantastic. When you train with top-level coaches and other same age players you really see where the international football level is.»
Bjørn Helge Riise, former Fulham and Norwegian National team player

«It wasn’t until we came home that we saw the huge improvements in Kevin as a player. He has a new authority about him now, and his decision making is better. The reason for this is good experiences and good coaches at NF Academy. We won’t for a second regret we chose a team with the competence that NF Academy has.”
Thomas Hansvoll, former professional boxer and national champion

“The stay with NF Academy gave me a taste of everyday life as a professional. Very competent coaches and good players around me. The days were good, and I learned a lot. It was after this stay that I dared to visit foreign clubs to show what I can do.”
Lucas Kåhed, IFK Gøteborg and Sweden U17

“I am very happy with last year’s NF Academy participation in IberCup. It was very exciting and inspiring to get to play in a team with so many good players from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I got motivated to give even more after having played against and seen how good opponents from countries such as Portugal, Spain and Mexico were.”
Fredrik Oppegård, Vålerenga and Norway U17

«During the easter of 2018, I was in Cascais, Portugal with NF Academy to participate in IberCup Cascais 2018. It was my first time with NF Academy and a great experience. I got a lot from the trip. The training, matches, coaches and players were a fantastic mix of both fun and serious football.”
Filip Mellbin, Denmark U16


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