Andre Villas-Boas Is Taking Advantage Of A Break In His Football Coaching Career To Dscovering The Tracks

Andre Villas-Boas is taking advantage of a break in his football coaching career to discovering the tracks of the Dakar. The Lusitanian responds to the call of a family passion for motorsports.

Andre Villas-Boas Is Taking Advantage Of A Break In His Football Coaching Career To Dscovering The Tracks

The reflexes are well anchored, almost Pavlovian. As an excellent self-respecting footballer, Andre Villas-Boas has a few tics of language that are difficult to get rid of. When the forty-year-old with the red tonsure appears in front of the press, in his Toyota driver's suit, he says he wants to take one step after another, without setting a plan, as he could say before a match. 

Fortunately, the Portuguese technician did not enlarge the line or strengthen the cliche by concluding his sentence with the main thing is to take the three points. The ex-assistant of José Mourinho, nicknamed to his debut the Special Two, maybe currently unemployed since his dismissal from the Shanghai club at the end of November, he remains, above all, a football coach. It's my job, he says. The rally-raid is a hobby, for fun. 

In the footsteps of Uncle Pedro

At Villas-Boas, passion is family. With his dad, little Andre followed Formula 1 and went to see rally cars in Portugal. Since making a good living, the coach has escaped on an enduro bike or has fun in a sports car on a circuit.

The link with the Dakar goes through Uncle Pedro, who took part in two editions, in 1982 and 1984. He was 40 years old when he started, like me today, says AVB. Here is the 40th edition. So there is a form of consistency. I've been thinking about it for a long time, but I've been caught up in coaching since I was 17. I went from Portugal Porto to England Chelsea, then Tottenham, from Russia Zenith Saint Petersburg to China Shanghai. There, before returning to Europe to continue my career, I am available. It was the perfect opportunity. I have always drawn to adventure, and the Dakar is its very embodiment.

In rally raid, his experience is limited to a practice session with the Toyota Hilux in the Moroccan desert, and another when arriving in Peru. Each day will be a new lesson, said Villas-Boas modestly, who enlisted the services of fellow veteran Ruben Faria, a former rider. I'm in the best team; I have the best co-driver. But I am not the best pilot! The goal is to have fun and be at the finish in two weeks.

Like Raymond Kopa or Michel Hidalgo before him, Andre Villas-Boas will try to take one step after another. Even if the three points are not at the end.

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