DOSSIER RMC Sport – Luís Campos has made a name for himself in full light since joining PSG. But long before he is the one who whispers in the ears of the powerful, the Portuguese has known several lives. The teacher’s, the educator’s and especially the coach’s. A journey marked by ambitions and disappointments. RMC takes you in the footsteps of Mister Campos.
Luís Campos, his first life
In his own words, Luis Campos has two passions: his family and football. From an early age, one led him to the other.
Deep. As the rhythm of life led by Luís Campos. In Fão (pronounced “fawn”, with a southern accent), this is where it all began. The new adviser to the president of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, was born on September 6, 1964 in this coastal town in northern Portugal, which is linked to the municipality of Esposende. The Campos family is a must. The father, Albino, was a teacher, principal at a local high school; that mother, Maria Cândida, had the heavy task of managing the home. In manager mode. Because at Casa Campos we are eleven. The couple has nine offspring to manage: five girls and four boys. Herunder Luís Pedro Filipe Hipólito Reis Pedrosa Campos.
Albino, who liked to tease the ball (he especially wore the colors of the neighboring club Gil Vicente) is also the parent of the Clube de Futebol de Fão. The stadium is next to the family home, and this is of course where Luís will push his first balloons. Soon he will participate in the training of AD Esposende, where he creates a reputation as a “cutting edge”. A stubbornness that also characterizes him off the field.
“Our father was very strict in education, confiding to zerozero.pt Paulo Campos, one of Luís’ brothers and current president of CF Fão. I can tell you that his nine children all came to university.” Paulo and Luís join Porto University to become members of the Instituto Superior de Educação Física. The famous ISEF announced by Jorge Castelo, Jesualdo Ferreira or Carlos Queiróz, and as a certain José Mourinho also participated in Lisbon. Zé Mário and Luís got to know each other during the various training activities organized by ISEF. They exchange their knowledge, impressions, information, sensations and become friends. Years later, they will embody the new generation of sports teachers – specializing in football – to train in the Portuguese first division. Before that, Luís must go to the end of his course and mix theory and practice. He trains the children in AD Esposende (where he continues to tease leather), and gives gymnastics classes at schools in Esposende and Barcelos (why some people continue to call him “professor”) …
Barely graduated, he joined Carlos Garcia’s staff. The former Braga and Campos midfielder have known each other since childhood. And when the first one began his career as head coach at Espinho (then in the first division) in the late 1980s, he offered his friend to embrace this project. Like Mourinho (by Estrela da Amadora), Campos is entrusted with the physical preparation of the players for his first experience on a professional team. He is only 24 years old. At that time, there were only a few teachers working in subject groups, and some coaches sought to rely on the physical, physiological, but also tactical knowledge of these. professors. Luis no longer plays football, he shapes it. However, Espinho is living a galley season. Garcia jumps, but Campos continues with Amândio Barreiras and becomes his first assistant.
Young Luís lives his mission with passion. “He was often confused with the judges, laughs Barreiras. It was a disaster!” The duo then proceed to Leixões in Leiria. And it is in the city of Lis that Campos will show off the head coach’s suit. A (long) phase of his career and his life, often unknown, and which RMC invites you to (rediscover) through archives, anecdotes and other testimonies.
Find all sections of our file dedicated to Luis Campos by clicking on these links:
>>> Luís Campos, his debut on the bench
>>> Penafiel, do not sell your soul to the devil
>>> Luís Campos, the discovery of the elite
>>> Setúbal and the missed meeting with Benfica
>>> Bad reputation
>>> Return to Gil Vicente
>>> Gil Vicente, som deja vu
>>> Beira-Mar, the last freelancer
>>> the felling of Campos