Nf Academy Coach João Plantier


NF Academy Director, João Plantier has a long, impressive CV both internationally and locally in Portugal, and has already developed several superstars and team captains of European champions.

In NF Academy Joao Plantier develops Scandinavian football players, coaches courses and lead football academy programs.


  • Master of Physical Education
  • 7 years as the main coach of age-old teams at Sporting CP
  • 10 years as a scout for Sporting CP
  • 1 year at Manchester United Soccer Schools
  • 4 years as the main coach of age-based teams of Associação Desportiva de Oeiras
  • 4 years as the main coach of age-old teams at Casa Pia Atlético Clube

What do you like the most about coaching?

Bringing players to their maximum skill level is something that pleases me very much.


Why should Scandinavian players join NF Academy?

I see great potential among the NF Academy players. The scandalous players have a strong focus on learning when they come here. Technically they are good with ball and are in line with the Portuguese of the same age. The challenge is, for example, that in Norway there is no competition for the younger players. It causes problems with playing comprehension, and the fact that competition is about winning or losing. Game understanding is something we can work to improve in our programs.

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