Interview with NF Academy ambassador, Zeca
«Mixing the Portuguese technical and tactical training with the Northern European physicality would make a perfect mix»
Our head coach, Joâo Plantier, welcomes Zeca to NF Academy and congratulates him for joining FC Copenhagen. Joâo coached Zeca in Casa Pia, and says he saw great potential in the player already at young age. Zeca took some time to chat with us about his thoughts on Northern European football.
Hi Zeca, How are you? What do you think about Denmark and Copenhagen so far? Have you had some time to see places outside the training ground?
I’m great, thank you for asking. It looks like a nice city with fantastic people and so far, I’m very happy here. I haven’t had the time to see that much yet but I’m looking forward to exploring my new home city.
At FC Copenhagen you have a bit more offensive role. How do you feel about that? It must have felt great to net that header in your debut match?
I haven’t played in that position for a while but I feel good about it. I hope to still improve and raise my level to help the team. Yes, winning the match and scoring felt great! It was a very special moment for me. I could say it was a perfect day.
How has it been training with FC Copenhagen? Can you think of Portuguese training methods that could be brought to Denmark and other Northern European countries?
It has been just perfect! All the people in the club have been really helpful. The training sessions have been a little bit different than before: the intensity is slightly higher here. It’s a bit more physical I would say. Bringing some aspects of Portuguese style of training could work. Mixing the Portuguese technical and tactical training with the Northern European physicality would make a perfect mix, I think.
We’re really delighted to have you as an ambassador for NF Academy. Is there something you would like to say to the young Nordic players who want to be professionals like you some day?
Remember to work hard and listen to the talented people around you. Also, always believe in your dreams and try to enjoy every moment of football!