Plenty of children begin to become enamoured with the idea of being a professional footballer at the age of five. But a football coach?
Carlos Carvalhal remembers an ‘unbelievable’ moment shortly after starting primary school when all at once he knew he wanted to do both.
And from that moment, Sheffield Wednesday’s Portuguese head coach worked towards his twin goals and he has not stopped working since.
Carvalhal takes up the story: “This will sound unbelievable.
“When I was five or six years old I was in school. It was not common at that time for schools to have land for a football pitch.
“Because my school was a very, very good school, they had a pitch.
“I remember I had a physical education class which was not common also. I enjoyed the class very much because we played a football match.
“We had to share the positions. When it was my time in the goal, I was looking at the game and I remember at that moment I said to myself ‘I want to be a football player and I want to be like the PE teacher.
“Probably after this, I just followed my dreams.
“I played football and I studied because I wanted to go to sports university.
“I played football officially at 13 or 14 and I started to ask questions because I had the feeling that I wanted not to be a PE teacher but a coach.
“All my life that I played, all the things I did, I knew that I was preparing to be a coach in the future.
“It is something that I created and I prepared which is why I say I did not become a coach from nothing. I prepared.
“I studied to be a coach. I played football so I have experience of the pitch, of the dressing rooms, of the leadership. This is something that was prepared.”
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