I worked with Carlos on a research project which was published in the Journal of Sports Sciences. Carlos contributed much to research and proved himself to be a good researcher. He met deadlines when required, collected data successfully, helped in the analysis of data, and was an excellent communicator.
Carlos is very focused, a hard worker, and it was always clear that despite being a young player the coaching side of the game was something that he wanted to explore. He already had his own vision for training and how his team would express themselves on the pitch. I know that Carlos always shares with his players what he showed me at Boavista: that he is brave, ambitious, determined and takes pleasure in every task he undertakes.
I observed Carlos between 2007 and 2015 when he studied the coaching methodology for FC Porto youth teams as part of his educational research. I also saw first-hand his insatiable desire to improve as a coach; he was always working to refine his skills by asking for feedback and guidance from myself and other coaches. Carlos was pro-active in his high quality contributions to the Dragon Force project and Individual Capacities Department (DCAPI). I have no hesitation in recommending Carlos as a coach who can integrate with the conceptual and methodological coaching principles of a club at professional or youth level.
I have known Carlos as a graduate student and also as a Master’s student. During his academic and professional career he has excelled as a teacher and also as a researcher in the field of sports science. Carlos has all the attributes to be successful: a breadth of knowledge, the ability to work hard under pressure, modesty and thoughtfulness. His interest in training methodology and teaching related to football is indisputable, and he has a good background to pursue a superior level of applied research.
Carlos helped me a lot in integrating with the rest of the team when I joined Sporting. I njoyed his coaching style because there was a lot of ball possession and circulation which allowed us to score many goals and win multiple titles that year.
I really enjoyed playing in the pivot position because I was engaged in both ball possession and pressing the opponent when we lost the ball. One time, Carlos gave an example that I should play as ‘ghost’ to avoid the opponent’s close marking (moving at their back so they couldn´t see me), and then appear to support my teammates and receive the ball with space. It was a great experience for me and I thank Coach Carlos for everything he taught me that season and for the support that he still gives me every time we talk. I think he has a big future in football and I would love to be coached by him again.
I have had the pleasure of playing under a great team of coaches at Sporting, of which Carlos Miguel was a part. I learned a lot that year and really enjoyed the way Carlos passed on the idea of how to play. He used the idea of the ‘castle’ and the ‘house’. When attacking, the team would open up into the ‘castle’; the pivot (7v7) would occupy the ‘dining room’ that is the inside space of the midfield, in order to better connect all spaces of the pitch. When defending, this would close into the ‘house’ where space would be reduced and the team would be more compact and guide the opposition into making mistakes. I am very thankful for being a part of this idea and for recording one of my best years at Sporting under Carlos.
I coached Carlos at Atlético de Valdevez in 2008/2009 where we enjoyed a memorable campaign in the Portuguese Cup by reaching the quarter-finals after beating the top three teams of the 2nd league. Carlos was distinguished by his superior tactical discipline and awareness, always effectively anticipating what was going to happen on the pitch.