José Couceiro is long recognized for his history as a manager at Vitória Setúbal, FC Porto, Sporting CP, Belenenses, Alverca, Estoril, in addition to a few stints abroad in Russia, Turkey and Lithuania.
He also managed Portugal’s U21 and ran unsuccessfully for President of Sporting CP.
Since July of 2018, he has served as the national technical director for the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
He gave a radio interview to Renascenca’s Bola Branca and defends the idea of a Liga NOS winter break to help the psychological and physical aspect for the players.
“The break is a practice all over Europe. They all do it in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium,” said Couceiro. “Even in England they are giving more time in between matches in January to allow for more recuperation.”
The exact length of the break needs to be discussed, but the clubs will eventually decide that part.
“The (winter break) length is a decision that belongs to the clubs. What we (FPF) are responsible for, as technical direction, is to give our opinion on these breaks.”
The break, which will also include the 2Liga, could happen as early as next January.