Hugo Leal
Project Founder Manager and soccer coach

Age: 41

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and French

  • Played in the biggest European clubs during 17 years as a football professional player his debut in SL. Benfica (Portugal), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Paris Saint-Germain (France), SC. Braga, FC. Porto and Estoril Praia (Portugal);
  • Founded Estoril Praia Elite Program in 2016. Since then, more than 300 athletes from 23 countries (China, India, Canada, USA, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Libya, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, France, Russia, Nigeria, Colombia, Netherlands, Poland, Angola, Cape Verde, South Korea, Greece and Scotland) have participated in the program
  • Played more than 100 matches for Portuguese national teams;
  • Became the youngest player to play in SL. Benfica main team at 16 years of age;
  • Estoril Praia professional team’s coach;
  • Estoril Praia Youth Soccer Manager since 2015, with the youth Academy increasing from 400 to 700 athletes and from 11 to 20 teams;
  • Created Estoril Praia Women’s Academy:
  • Launched the Foot4All program in 2014. Nowadays, this program  has more than 80 participants;
  • Launched Foot4Women program in 2016. Currently, this program  has about 50 women enrolled;
  • Example of other initiatives: Estoril Network and Wine; Nutripraia (nutrition program); Fut4Family; Estoril4Kids and Foot4World..


  • UEFA Coaching Certificate A – 3rd Level

Pedro Alegria
Soccer Coach

Age: 45

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish

  • Manage Estoril Praia Academy and train Elite Program´s athletes
  • Played soccer professionally 
  • Coached Benfica´s youth teams for seven years, taking over the coordination of one its soccer school afterwards
  • Recognized young athletes scouting experience


  • Sports Graduation (ESE Setúbal)
  • UEFA A Coaching Certificate- 3rd level

Luís Silva
Soccer Coach

Age: 37 years

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

  • Estoril Praia Football Academy coordinator
  • Coached Sporting Clube de Portugal Academy
  • Teached physical education at several Lisbon area schools


  • Graduated in Sports (ESE, Beja) – 2007
  • Specialization in Personal Training (Fitness Center Studies) – 2009
  • Personal trainer (High performance Company) – 2012
  • “UEFA B” Coaching Certificate

Carlos Bernardo
Physical Trainer

Age: 45

Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English

  • Responsible for the conditioning training of Estoril Praia Elite Program athletes
  • Responsible for the Sport Lisboa e Benfica swimming team, having trained several athletes that became national champions and national record holders of young categories
  • Conditioning coach of a rubgy team that become bi-national champions among other titles. In addition, he coached a team in Spain finishing 3rd place in the national championship
  • Coached MMA in Spain and Dubai


  • Swimming Coach, 2nd Level FPR – POR – 1998
  • EXOS Performance Specialist – USA – -2011
  • USA Weightlifting level 1 USA – 2011
  • FMS certificate – USA – 2011
  • Youth Performance Coach – Parisi Speed school – USA – 2011

Jorge Martins
Soccer Coach

Age: 35 years

Spoken Languages: Portuguese, English

  • Coached youth teams since 2014
  • Coached at Sporting Clube de Portugal football schools
  • Taught physical education at several Lisbon area schools


  • Master’s degree in sports (Lisbon)
  • Graduated in Bodybuilding and Cardiofitness
  • UEFA C Coaching Certificate- 1st level


Miguel Antunes
Soccer Coach

Age: 28 years

Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English

  • Coached Colégio Pedro Arrupe (U 7; U9; U13)
  • Coached C.F.Belenenses (U 15)
  • Coach at Estoril Praia (U 8; U15)
  • Coach at Estotil Praia Football Schools (U 9;U 13)


  • Degree in Sports Training at Universidade Lusófona
  • UEFA C Coaching Certificate- 1st level

João Fitas
Soccer Coach

Age: 33 years

Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English

  • Federated 16-year-old soccer player with clubs such as Belenenses, Casa Pia.

  • Coach at Cascais (Seniors)
  • Coached Cacém (Seniors)
  • Manchester United Football School


  • Physical Trainer – High Performance Institute
  • UEFA B Coaching Certificate- 2nd level

Bruno Barão
Soccer Coach

Age: 24 years

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish

  • Physical Trainer at Estoril Praia youth teams 
  • Assistant Coach at U13 in Sporting Clube Linda-a-Velha


  • Degree in Sports Sciences (Specialization in Sports’ Training)

  • Master Degree Exercise and Healthy

  • Physical Trainer Certificate

David Calado
Soccer Coach

Age: 27

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish

  • Coach at First team of G.D. Estoril Praia
  • Coached NF Academy through all Scandinavian Countries
  • Coached First-Team of G.D.S.Cascais
  • Coached U19 of G.D.R.Fontainhas
  • Regional Scout through 3 years


  • UEFA C Coaching Certificate- 1st level
  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football – Football Association
  • The FA Emergency Aid – Football Association
  • The FA Safeguarding Children – Football Association
  • Scouting Intensive Education – Quest/Certified by IPDJ
  • Sports Management – Faculdade de Motricidade Humana

João Barros
Soccer Coach

Age: 31

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish

  • Assistant coach/analyse at Belenenses SAD U-23 team
  • Scout for first Team at Clube Desportivo Santa Clara

  • Coach, Coordinator and Manager of Sporting School Academy


  • Licence in Psychology Sciences
  • UEFA B coaching Licence
  • Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma 1 and 2

Marco Dinis
Soccer GK Coach

Age: 46

Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Chinese

  • Estoril Praia (U17 GK coach/GK Coordination training)
  • YiwuEagleAcademy (China academy)
  • SL Benfica (Benfica China youth teams)
  • Figo Football Academy (China academy)
  • SL Benfica (U5 to U12)
  • Setubal Football Association
  • Lisbon Football Association


  • Postgraduate in Goalkeeper training
  • Level D Goalkeeper license (FAW)
  • Completing a master’s degree in football