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Interview with NF Academy ambassador, Zeca

NF Academy ambassador, Zeca, scored in his debut for FC Copenhagen

NF Academy ambassador, Zeca, scored in his debut for FC Copenhagen

«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!

 

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NF Selection IberCup Cascais – Application is open!

Face the top teams of Europe

Talented Scandinavian players born between 2002 and 2007 can now send in the applications for the opening event of the NF Academy season 2018 in Portugal.

IberCup Cascais is one of the most competitive European elite tournaments and a unique opportunity for a player to develop and play against the top teams like Barcelona, Liverpool and SL Benfica.

The tournament will take place in the Easter week. Read more about the NF Selection teams and the IberCup Cascais here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Award winning goalkeeper school joins NF Academy

João Santos' goalkeeper school

João Santos’ goalkeeper school

We are exited to announce João Santos’ coaches have joined the NF Academy!

After playing as a goalkeeper for more than a decade João found his passion in coaching. He currently coaches the Sporting U17 team as well as runs his acclaimed goalkeeper school that collaborates with several Portuguese top teams: Sporting CP, AD Oeiras and Estoril to name a few.

The owner of the school, João, got his Sports and Physical Education degree at ISCE and has the UEFA B coaching license. Already hundreds of goalkeepers are using the training methods developed by Santos and he is constantly invited to give theoretical and practical training all over Portugal.

Santos’ school and coaches will strengthen the NF Academy Coaching team run by our sports director and head coachJoão Plantier.

The João Santos’ goalkeeper school coaches will participate the NF Elite camps already in October! We’re looking forward to see you there!

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Parent & player experience: NF Selection 2017

Sander Mala in action in IberCup Scandinavia 2017

The first event of the NF Academy season has been successfully completed – thank you to all players and parents for a fantastic tournament!

While working on a full match report of IberCup Scandinavia, we wanted to share an experience from our participants. As parent support is crucial for young football players and many of them travel to NF Academy events with family members, this time we wanted to share a parent perspective.

We reached Ole Johan Mala who participated first time with his talented son Sander Mala:

Sander and you participated in NF Academy for the first time – how was the experience?
-It was a fantastic experience in Ibercup Scandinavia for Sander and me. I haven’t seen Sander so happy for years. He said he felt like he was finally «coming home». Playing football with seriousness and joy together with other talented players. The coaches and staff was absolutely fantastic. I am amazed by the quality of the coaches both in training and in the matches. Sander and I are extremely happy to have participated in this event. The level at IberCup was high, which is good. I believe you develop in a positive way when you play against good players.

What were the best parts of the event from your perspective?
-The best part of the whole event was the high level of everything. Coaches, staff and players willing to learn.

Would Sander and you consider joining other NF Academy events?
-We already booked NF Elite, and Sander and I would very much consider joining Ibercup Cascais too!

Thank you both Sander and Ole Johan, see you soon in NF Elite training camps!

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IberCup Scandinavia results and match schedules

NF Selection 2005 vs Reading FC

The most anticipated event of the NF Academy season has finally started!

Last week NF Academy traveled to Denmark to participate in IberCup Scandinavia with four Selection teams and three Portuguese coaches. After the exciting training period, our players finally got to show their skills when the tournament started yesterday. You

Here is an update on the results and match schedules so far – to follow the matches live, check out the IberCup website or follow us on Instagram at @nf_academy.

Results and match schedule so far:

NF ACADEMY 2006

NF Academy Tiger (NOR) 3-2
NF Academy Haderslev FK (DEN) 3-1
Silkeborg IF (DEN) NF Academy Tomorrow at 9.00

NF ACADEMY 2005

Reading FC NF Academy 2-0
NF Academy Silkeborg IF (DEN) 4-2
OKS (DEN) NF Academy 1-1
NF Academy Haderslev FK 1-3

NF ACADEMY 2004

NF Academy Asker A (NOR) 6-1
NF Academy FC Roskilde (DEN) 0-2
Ishøj IF (DEN) NF Academy 2-3
NF Academy Silkeborg IF (DEN) 3-0
Greve Fodbold NF Academy Tomorrow at 11:10

NF ACADEMY 2003

Kyoto FA (JPN) NF Academy 1-1
NF Academy SK Trygg/Lade (NOR) 0-3
Haderslev FK (DEN) NF Academy 2-3
NF Academy Asker C (NOR) Tomorrow at 16:10

 

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New partnership with Coach Applet

We at NF Academy are always looking for new opportunities to improve our player development. With our newest partnership with Coach Applet, we are now able to start the coaching process digitally, even before meeting the players and starting the events.

Through the app, our head coach João Plantier can now manage the training of the players by creating physical, technical, and tactical exercises with an interactive tactic board and share it with the players. The players can then view the animated exercises directly on their smart device. The app serves also as a platform for registering, viewing, and sharing match statistics and organizing team squads.

All our Selection players will soon receive more information regarding the application. You can also read more about Coach Applet here.

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Benjamin Bygnes invited back to train with S.L. Benfica!

Two weeks ago, our Norwegian defender Benjamin Bygnes took a great step in his development path and traveled to Portugal to participate in the Benfica Elite Training Camp. After a tough but exciting week, great news was delivered: he was one of the few selected players to be invited back to Portugal to participate in the S.L. Benfica trainings!

Benjamin first joined NF Academy last summer participating in IberCup Scandinavia together with our NF Selection teams, and we are excited to have him join us also this year. Before seeing him in action again in just two weeks, we wanted to talk about his experiences and congratulate him on his achievement:

Can you tell us about your training experience inside the Benfica Academy, one of the best youth academies in the world?

-It was a fantastic experience! They had everything: only good coaches and the whole program was just extremely well made. The level was very high, only great players from all over the world. They also had presentations for us where they taught us everything we needed to know about the program. I learned so much all the time, and I’m sure the facilities must be some of the best in the world. I think I also improved my English during the week, as everything was in English (or in Portuguese). In the end of the week, it was great to have a report and feedback on what you were already good at and what you could work more on. This feedback is definitely something I will be using, just like I did after joining IberCup with NF Academy last year. I’m tempted to join also next year.

You are also participating in IberCup Scandinavia with NF Academy for the second time this summer – why did you choose to apply again?

-It was a great experience both in and outside the fields. The players were so good, both in our team and in the opponent teams. We also became very good friends during the tournament and have even joined some other tournaments afterwards together with some of the players. The coaches were very good too, teaching us new things and making you even better in what you were already good at. Also after this event it was great to have feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. At home my coach (my dad) made a training plan for me based on this feedback which I have now been using for the past year.

What are your future goals in football?

-I hope I will become so good I could play for FK Haugesund, but my biggest dreams are to play for Tottenham Hotspurs or in the Norwegian national team. But Benfica would not be too bad either. 😉

Huge congratulations on your success Benjamin, see you soon in IberCup!!

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Complete teams – NF Selection U14, U13, U12 & U11!

 

NF Selection in IberCup Scandinavia 2016

This year has been the all time record period for NF Academy. After receiving hundreds of interesting applications, we have finally completed the selection process of our talent teams and confirmed the best Scandinavian players to represent NF Academy in IberCup Scandinavia 2017.

Congratulations to all players – only three short weeks before showtime!!

NF Selection U14

  1. Jesper Nesbakk Wold (Ready)
  2. Mathias Flaten (KFUM)
  3. Noah Cristiano Fjellestad Sveen (Lyn Fotball)
  4. Magnus Ofstad (Strømmen IF)
  5. Isac Valby (Degerfors IF Ungdom)
  6. Jan Aleksander Miller (Birkebeiner)
  7. Rasmus Valby (Degerfors IF Ungdom)
  8. Fredrik Gjesdahl Karlsen (Loddefjord IL)
  9. Jone Halleråker Jensen (IL Solid)
  10. Ulrik Berg Kristensen (Heimdal FK)
  11. Eric Odefalk (FC Djursholm)
  12. Gabriel Saugestad (Heimdal FK)
  13. Jonas Viktor Nielsen (Maribo Boldklub)
  14. Kristoffer Neby Morønning (Lyn Fotball)
  15. Storm Fagerthun (Bossmo & Ytteren IL)
  16. Eric Olsen (Kattem IL FK)

NF Selection U13

  1. Kasper Pedersen Selbo (Vikåsen IL)
  2. Fred Jan Oscar Swartling (FC Djursholm)
  3. Ole Herman Opås (Askim FK)
  4. Wilmer Odefalk (FC Djursholm)
  5. Casper Tyse Hilligsøe (Holmen IF)
  6. Kimi Louis Storsjö (Kallinge SK)
  7. Martin Andersen (Holmen IF)
  8. Noah Rørvik Solheim (Dale IL)
  9. Benjamin Bygnes (Kopervik IL)
  10. August Larsson Rodvang (HamKam)
  11. Leon Archer Knive (Nanset IF)
  12. Ingmar Austberg (Kattem IL)
  13. Sander Mala (Hønefoss BK)
  14. Dylan Murugesapillai (Frogner IL)
  15. Amadou-David Sanyang (Djurgården)
  16. Eivind Ølstad (Holmen IF)

NF Selection U12

  1. Kristian J.Emilsen (Lyn)
  2. Tyson Ruokonen Afshari (Djurgårdens IF Akademi)
  3. Marcus Danh-Khoa Nguyen (Stabæk)
  4. Elias Nybu Sætre (Skeid)
  5. Mario Tuntland (Vidar FK)
  6. Robin Jenssen-Sæther (Fornebu FK)
  7. Tobias Solheim Dahl (Klæbu)
  8. Alexander Figueiredo Gurendal (Melhus IL)
  9. Kristoffer Aarflot (Stabæk)
  10. Tollef Kvello Etholm (Lyn)
  11. Henning Myrvang (Stoppen SK)
  12. Steffen With Størseth (Melhus IL)
  13. Henrik Lidal Jamne (IL Fram)
  14. Martin Solli (Fornebu FK)
  15. Sondre Njøsen Moe (Fornebu FK)
  16. Jarik Sundling (Sprint Jeløy)
  17. Shqipron Seremeti (LB07)

NF Selection U11

  1. John Torvald Giæver (Holmen IF)
  2. Tobias Tyse Hilligsøe (Holmen IF)
  3. Brede Fiksdal (Hana IL)
  4. Alfredo Steiner (IFK Göteborg)
  5. Adrian Kurd Rønning (KFUM)
  6. Linus Dahlgren (IFK Göteborg)
  7. Wille Nielsen (IFK Göteborg)
  8. Felix Rørvik Solheim (Dale IL)
  9. Noel Elias Robin Rios (IFK Göteborg)
  10. Elias Grotdal (Nardo FK)
  11. Jentoft Elias Selvik (Follese FK)
  12. Niklas Saugestad (Othillienbor)
  13. Steven Danh-Nguyen (Korsvoll IF)

 

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Players of NF Selection U12 & U11!

NF Selection U10 in IberCup Scandinavia 2016

Congratulations to all selected players – see you soon in IberCup Scandinavia!

NF Selection U12 – IberCup Scandinavia

  1. Kristian J.Emilsen (Lyn)
  2. Tyson Ruokonen Afshari (Djurgårdens IF Akademi)
  3. Marcus Danh-Khoa Nguyen (Stabæk)
  4. Elias Nybu Sætre (Skeid)
  5. Mario Tuntland (Vidar FK)
  6. Robin Jenssen-Sæther (Fornebu FK)
  7. Tobias Solheim Dahl (Klæbu)
  8. Alexander Figueiredo Gurendal (Melhus IL)
  9. Kristoffer Aarflot (Stabæk)
  10. Tollef Kvello Etholm (Lyn)
  11. Henning Myrvang (Stoppen SK)
  12. Steffen With Størseth (Melhus IL)
  13. Henrik Lidal Jamne (IL Fram)
  14. Martin Solli (Fornebu FK)
  15. Sondre Njøsen Moe (Fornebu FK)

NF Selection U11 – IberCup Scandinavia

  1. John Torvald Giæver (Holmen IF)
  2. Tobias Tyse Hilligsøe (Holmen IF)
  3. Brede Fiksdal (Hana IL)
  4. Alfredo Steiner (IFK Göteborg)
  5. Adrian Kurd Rønning (KFUM)
  6. Linus Dahlgren (IFK Göteborg)
  7. Wille Nielsen (IFK Göteborg)
  8. Felix Rørvik Solheim (Dale IL)
  9. Noel Elias Robin Rios (IFK Göteborg)
  10. Elias Grotdal (Nardo FK)

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Introducing NF Selection U13!

NF Selection U13  – IberCup Scandinavia

  1. Kasper Pedersen Selbo (Vikåsen IL)
  2. Fred Jan Oscar Swartling (FC Djursholm)
  3. Ole Herman Opås (Askim FK)
  4. Wilmer Odefalk (FC Djursholm)
  5. Casper Tyse Hilligsøe (Holmen IF)
  6. Kimi Louis Storsjö (Kallinge SK)
  7. Martin Andersen (Holmen IF)
  8. Noah Rørvik Solheim (Dale IL)
  9. Benjamin Bygnes (Kopervik IL)
  10. August Larsson Rodvang (HamKam)
  11. Leon Archer Knive (Nanset IF)
  12. Ingmar Austberg (Kattem IL)
  13. Sander Mala (Hønefoss BK)

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NF Selection tournament teams – IberCup Cascais
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