NF Academy’s talent team is participating in Ibercup Cascais, an elite tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 3rd-10th of April 2020.
With this event, we are getting talented players to compete against top international teams with the guidance of skilled Portuguese coaches. Before the tournament there will be a two-day training camp for players and coaches to get to know each other both on and off the pitch.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Players that would like to participate and join for this great experience should have a medium to high regional level and before being approved to participate should send their application. Players in the following age categories can apply:
- U13 (born 2007)
- U14 (born 2006)
- U15 (born 2005)
- U16 (born 2004)
GOALS WITH THE PROGRAM
Our main objectives in NF Selection Ibercup Cascais is to provide players with international match references against strong teams, give the players a better understanding of the game and provide experience in integrating into a team with good players from different countries.
During the preparational training camp and tournament, we will do a full evaluation of all the players. Each player will have a meeting with their head coach and get detailed feedback on what they need to improve to reach a higher level. All the players will be provided with an evaluation report with the purpose to give guidance for their training work when they return to their country.
“I played together with some very good players and trained under very competent coaches. 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
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner upon arrival, breakfast on departure)
• 2 days of training before the tournament matches
• Experienced NF Academy head coach per team
• 1 physiotherapist and goalkeeper coach shared between the NF teams
• Team and individual meetings
• Social program and supervision of players
• Individual player report
1150 EUR (8 days / 7 nights)
640 EUR (8 days / 7 nights)
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts, 2 shorts, 2 pair of socks and 1 sweater
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts and 2 shorts
Ibercup Cascais is an international elite tournament with around 200 participating teams from over 20 countries. The tournament will in 2020 be hosted for the fourth time with teams in the age categories from U9 to U16. Matches are played on booth artificial and natural turf 20 minutes west of Lisbon in Cascais, Estoril, Oeiras and Jamor.
More information: www.ibercup.com
Ibercup Cascais is a great program to combine with family holiday. In the area the tournament takes place, families will be able to enjoy sandy beaches and exploring the charming city center of Cascais with restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping opportunities. Only 20 minutes away by train or taxi you will also have the opportunity to visit Lisbon city center.
Lisbon is a city with unique architecture, palaces, great restaurants, zoo and oceanarium. We also recommend football families to visit the stadium and football museum to either Benfica or Sporting with world class facilities and an impressive history developing some of the best players in the world.
Day 1 – Friday 3rd of April
Arrival day where you will be accommodated in the Hotel. Shared dinner in the evening with a briefing about the program and time for players to get to know each other.
Day 2 – Saturday 4th of April
Breakfast followed by information meeting with workout in the morning followed by training sessions in the afternoon.
Day 3 – Sunday 5th of April
Training session focusing on preparations for the first day of the match.
Day 4 to Day 8 – Monday 6th of April to Thursday 9th of April
Day 8 – Friday 10th of April
Finals and closing ceremony. Finishing the program by lunch time.
HOTEL EDEN, ESTORIL
During the training camp you will stay at Hotel Eden Estoril which is next to the beach. Most of the hotel has a beautiful sea view. The hotel is near the training fields, restaurants and cafes, and only a 20-minute walk to Cascais.
HEAD COACH AND NF ACADEMY DIRECTOR
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.
He has worked under Carlos Queiroz, and the Manchester United football school project for 6 years. Gonçalo has also been linked to Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 years, and for the past 5 years he has been responsible for the international field of youth football in Sport Lisboa e Benfica. There he has also been a player developer coordinator for the past three years.
During the last decade, he has been involved in several international projects and programs at various levels, where he has traveled around the world, as well as coordinating and involved with thousands of players and coaches on programs in Portugal.
Gonçalo will select the coaching staff for this program. You can see all our coaches here.
We value to give good consultation before booking a program to ensure the right challenge for all our participants. Best way to identify if this program is suitable for you is to start by sending us a request. Please give us some information about the club, position, age, level and goals, and we will follow up from there. If you have some video available, please share.
Are you unsure if you have the level to be in this program? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can let you know when the next available local training camp in your region take place, and evaluate the player for international programs.
«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 callups, 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 same very good players and trained under very competent coaches. First and foremost, it was a great experience, and I got a good reference on 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 oponents 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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