Porto is one of the “Big Three teams in Portugal – together with Lisbon-based rivals Benfica and Sporting CP, that have appeared in every season of the Primeira Liga since its establishment in 1934.
They are nicknamed Dragões (Dragons), for the mythical creature atop the club’s crest, and Azuis e brancos (Blue-and-whites), for the shirt colors.
Porto is the second most decorated team in Portuguese football, with 83 major trophies. Domestically, these comprise 30 Portuguese league titles (five of which won consecutively between 1994–95 and 1998–99, a Portuguese football record), 18 Taça de Portugal, 4 Campeonato de Portugal, 1 Taça da Liga and a record 23 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. Porto is one of two teams to have won the league title without defeats, in the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons
In international competitions, Porto is the most decorated Portuguese team, with seven trophies. They won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1987 and 2004, the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 2003 and 2011, the UEFA Super Cup in 1987, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1987 and 2004. In addition, they were runners-up in the 1983–84 European Cup Winners’ Cup, plus the 2003, 2004 and 2011 editions of the UEFA Super Cup. Porto is the only Portuguese club to have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, and to have achieved a continental treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European titles (2002–03 and 2010–11). Porto have the third-most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage (23), behind Barcelona and Real Madrid (24). In UEFA, Porto ranks 9th in the all-time club ranking and was 16th in the club coefficient rankings at the end of the 2021–22 season.
The methodology applied is specifically designed and applied by FC Porto and besides the specific training sessions that FC Porto will provide, you will be able to develop your tactical, decision-making, and execution skills. Such aspects as running technique, relationship with the ball, tactical circulations, attacking and defensive game principles, will be worked daily in both individual and collective situations.
Accredited by the Portuguese Football Federation and UEFA, FC Porto coaches are key elements in the development of the Club’s young athletes. They will be monitoring your evolution in practices during the World Camp.
FC Porto Dragon Force World Camp
Dragon Force is an innovative project that, under the motto “You have the power of the Dragon”, breaks new ground in the sports training of boys and girls from 4 to 14 years.
The training schedules will consist of 5 hours of practice per day during each session, and will be developed by coaches accredited by both the Portuguese Football Federation and UEFA.
The World Camp is a program for players that want to develop and improve their sporting performance.
The participants will be divided by age groups according to their age/level, and a specific technical and tactical training program will be implemented in each of the groups. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to be observed and assessed by FC Porto Youth Academy Coaches.
European Soccer Trials
There are multiple ways to get a trial with a Professional European Club:
- You are scouted by another club, agent or scout.
- You take part in a combine along with other players.
- You contact clubs directly for an opportunity to tryout.
- Directly join a professional European club for a trial.
Other times, a player can pay a fee to the club that covers his/her living and trial expenses for a few months in exchange for a contract (and a salary). Depending on the player’s talent, we may be able to persuade the club to grant more opportunities for the promising footballer.
You will work with a professional staff of coaches that will supervise your progress and help you in all areas of your game. From team training sessions to group analysis and individual analysis, you will have the opportunity to grow adapt to the European level of football with the chance to transfer to a Top Club!
These European deals are a terrific way to join a club if you are from outside the EU, such as the United States, Canada, or Africa.
How long does a trial last?
You will be required to participate in long trial periods. You will not go for a single session or game, but rather for a week or maybe a month. This makes it easier for you to express yourself and your abilities throughout the soccer tryout.
PDB has the network to help players achieve their goals of playing in a professional European club.
If you want to learn more about what opportunities await you, just email us the following:
- A video of you playing in your clubs, preferably.
- A well-presented self-portrait.
- A CV is a document that lists your fundamental soccer information. Position, previous clubs, key strengths, height and weight, country, and so on (if the club or academy accepts CV’s)
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European Residency Program
Who is the program for?
The European Residency Program designed to accommodate, develop and expose international players coming from all over the world to receive the excellence of European methodology.
Our programs are open to boys from 17 years old through 23 years old.
The Residency Program is designed to significantly enhance your Tactical Awareness, Decision-Making skills and Vision of the game. You will work on position-specific skills, with an individual focus as well as a team focus on Attacking, Transition, and Defensive moments of the game.
The program will give you a solid introduction to the excellence of European football and will take you to a whole new level to prepare you for more opportunities for your future soccer career.
You can be enrolled in a 3-month, 6-month, or 1 year program.
In the 3-month program, you will be training in participating in Friendly Matches. In the 6-month and 1-Year program, you will be registered with a team, where you will live the day-to-day life of a professional footballer: living on a campus with your teammates, dining and enjoying extra curricular team-building activities, and training together in preparation for weekend league and cup games.
PDB accepts only highly motivated soccer players with advanced skill sets. Applicants who wish to join the program have to register to the Online Tryouts in order to be eligible to enroll in the program. Players are extended an invitation to join only if they meet all requirements, from technical to maturity.
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European Youth Team Tours
The tours are designed specifically for each team based on feedback from their coaches. It’s a perfect tool for preseason or mid-season training.
Players train under the supervision of a professional club according to the principles / objectives set forth by their coach.
They will undergo Soccer-Specific training to develop Communication (Tactics), Decision Making (Game Insight) And Execution (Technique). Each player will develop Self-Confidence to play with Purpose And enhance Decision Making at a High, Competitive Pace to overcome obstacles presented to them In training and competition.
Some additional areas of focus will include:
- Video Analysis
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Players Deserve Better Soccer
Coaching Education Platform
Coaches aspiring to learn & grown in the game have a the chance to take part in our Coaching Education Platform by entering the Mentorship Program.
The program offers a customized approach for each coach to study and apply the training methodology with an actual team, under the supervision of a mentor.
Coaches will learn how to periodize the training schedule, create training sessions, develop their own tactical principles, and develop methodological steps in applying their principles in training sessions. You will also learn to analyze soccer actions with the use of video and objective reference tools.
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