NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) signed João Carlos Pires de Deus as the Head Coach of the Highlanders for the season 2017.

The young 40 year old Portuguese started his career as an Assistant Coach in Portugal, winning the Portuguese Cup and reaching the Super Cup final. He also won the Angola League and the Angola National Cup during his phase as an Assistant Coach. In 2009, he became the Head Coach of the Cape Verde National team and implemented his philosophy on the senior team and the country’s grassroots structure, the benefits of which the country reaps even today. Cape Verde broke into FIFA’s Top 50 by the end of his term and recently ranked number one in Africa in 2016.

Speaking on the appointment, Club Owner, John Abraham said, “The DNA of NEUFC has always been riddled with youth. I am delighted to welcome João
on board who is a tactically astute young Coach with the track record of honing young talent and playing exciting football. We hope that he will be able to channelize the strengths of this Club and help us achieve our objectives this season. I wish him the very best and would like to assure the fans that we will work hard in every department to fulfill our collective expectations.”

João expressed his thoughts on taking up the mantle of Head Coach at NorthEast United FC. “I am a very positive man and I am very positive about the challenge that I have with NorthEast United FC. The Club is new with a vibrant fan base and owners who have the right vision to develop football in the region.I can assure the fans that we will play positive football and that all the players and the staff will work hard. We will leave no stone unturned so that we can achieve our objectives. I believe that young players are important in any campaign and will ensure that they fit seamlessly into our setup. This year, we will be focused on playing good football and winning as many games as we can…taking it one game at a time.”