Fernando Vaz Alves joins Gold Coast United
Gold Coast United has scored a coup ahead of the 2019 National Premier Leagues season signing Fernando Vaz Alves as the Club’s goalkeeping coach.
Born in Angola, Vaz Alves spent the majority of his playing career in Portugal but a serious back injury meant a move to coaching for him in his early twenties.
Vaz Alves boasts an impressive Australian coaching CV having worked with several A-League Clubs as well as with the National U20’s & U17’s squads at the Football Federation Australia’s Centre of Excellence. After a long association with the Brisbane Roar, including being a part of two title winning seasons, the goalkeeping mentor ventured to the Institute of Sport in Canberra full-time before returning to the A-League at the Wellington Pheonix .
His involvement in the set-up of Australian national teams spanned over twelve years, honing and developing the skills of the country’s brightest goalkeeping talents. After recently settling on the Gold Coast, Fernando was keen to again link and work with the next generation of goalkeeping prospects and is delighted to get that chance at United. Vaz Alves will be heavily involved in United’s upcoming trial process, casting an eye over the Coast’s next generation of aspiring keepers.
“In the first few weeks I’ll be assessing the quality we have available and getting an understanding of the football philosophy at the Club.
“It’s a combination of not just me but the whole set up of the Club, including parents and players, that makes a difference and I need to understand that if I’m expecting to help.”
“I bring a wealth of knowledge in goalkeeping from the years I’ve been doing the job.
“I’m very, very fussy and stringent when it comes to technique. I’m a great believer that good technique brings good decisions. Good decisions bring good saves and clean sheets and a winning mentality.”