Making dreams come true – including his own

Emanuel has the same dream as some NF Academy players, reach the professional football. If it is your dream, his advice is "invest time and dedicate yourself to it really hard".
Emanuel has the same dream as some NF Academy players, reach the professional football. If it is your dream, his advice is "invest time and dedicate yourself to it really hard".

Making dreams come true – including his own

After 16 years of coaching and developing youth players with NF, Benfica and other leading academies, our beloved Emanuel Mesquita is making another step towards his dream of coaching an elite team in Portugal. Read on for his reflections about Scandinavian talents, his message to the NF Academy players and their reactions to his departure.

Emanuel has the same dream as some NF Academy players, reach the professional football. If it is your dream, his advice is "invest time and dedicate yourself to it really hard".
Emanuel has the same dream as some NF Academy players, reach the professional football. If it is your dream, his advice is "invest time and dedicate yourself to it really hard".

Making dreams come true – including his own

After 16 years of coaching and developing youth players with NF, Benfica and other leading academies, our beloved Emanuel Mesquita is making another step towards his dream of coaching an elite team in Portugal. Read on for his reflections about Scandinavian talents, his message to the NF Academy players and their reactions to his departure.

During his time with NF Academy Emanuel has been an inspiration to many young players through our scouting partnership with Sporting CP, by coaching in our local Scandinavian programs NF International and encouraging students around the world one-on-one with NF Virtual Academy.

When the news broke about his signing with Portuguese club Estoril Praia many of our players shared gratitude and well-wishes to their coach on social media.

The heartwarming response shows the impact our coaches can have on our player’s personal development and their love for the game.
Naturally, we’re sad to lose a friend and such a popular, enthusiastic and skilful coach.

However, we still feel inspired when a member of the NF Academy family is fulfilling their dreams on a professional level.

Realizing goals

Coaching in professional football has always been Emanuel’s dream, the same way many of our players are striving towards playing at the top level as well.

Working with the players in training camps and tournaments, Emanuel has often expressed his admiration of the Nordic players’ discipline and morale.

They are always responsive to new challenges, and they are eager to learn. One area which we’ve worked on a lot is the competitive aspect of the game. Football is about passion, it is about joy and friendship, but it is also about competition, he said.

During 2 years in NF Academy, Emanuel took part in tournaments, local camps and was supportive of implementation of new projects.
During 2 years in NF Academy, Emanuel took part in tournaments, local camps and was supportive of implementation of new projects.
During 2 years in NF Academy, Emanuel took part in tournaments, local camps and was supportive of implementation of new projects.
During 2 years in NF Academy, Emanuel took part in tournaments, local camps and was supportive of implementation of new projects.

A last message from the coach

On his way to Lisbon to start coaching his new team, Emanuel left a message of persistence to the NF squad:

When you have a dream, you have to invest time and dedicate yourself to it really hard. There are three essential things for me: persistence, rigour and discipline. Bring these three words to your work and never deviate from your focus.

From all of us here, thanks for the memories, we wish you the best of luck with your new club.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Program Country Place Age Group
12 - 14 Aug 2022 NF International Trials Norway Bodø 2006-2013
12 - 14 Aug 2022 NF International Trials Norway Kristiansand 2006-2013
15 - 17 Aug 2022 NF International Trials Norway Namsos 2008-2013
17 - 18 Sep 2022 NF Weekend Training Norway Drammen 2006-2013
02 - 08 Oct 2022 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 40
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2005-2012
03 - 05 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Kristiansand 2007-2013
04 - 06 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Østfold 2008-2013
07 - 09 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Oslo 2008-2013
08 - 10 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Skien 2008-2013
09 - 15 Oct 2022 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 41
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2005-2012
10 - 12 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Stavanger 2008-2013
10 - 12 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Trondheim 2006-2013
14 - 16 Oct 2022 NF Progression Norway Innlandet 2008-2013
16 - 22 Oct 2022 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 42
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2005-2012
17 - 19 Okt 2022 NF Progression Denmark Aalborg 2008-2013

Check the complete Event Calendar here.

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