Monday, March 15, 2010
Gaspar to work with Portugal at 2010 FIFA World Cup
Dan Gaspar has rejoined Portugal's National Team staff in preparation for World Cup in South Africa.
Gaspar reunites with Portugal national coach Carlos Queiroz. They worked together at last year’s qualifiers, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Grampus Eight in Japan, the South African National Team and the MetroStars (now the Red Bulls)
Portugal was drawn one of the toughest groups where it will face five-time champion Brazil and Africa’s top contender, Côte d’Ivoire.
The Portuguese kick off their WC campaign on June 15 when they meet Côte d’Ivoire at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The team will face North Korea on June 21 in Cape Town and will play its last match against Brazil on June 25 in Durban.
Gaspar and Queiroz coached together with the Portuguese National Team during qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. Gaspar has also worked with the Portuguese Team under Felipe Scolari, the former head coach of the Brazilian national team that won the World Cup in 2002.
Gaspar and Queiroz co-authored Project 2010, a plan commissioned by U.S. Soccer to win the World Cup in 2010.
He has served as the goalkeeper coach for Benfica and Porto, the latter during the season in which he helped lead the team to a World Intercontinental Championship in Japan. Regarded as one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the world, Gaspar trained FC Porto's Vitor Baia, who was selected as the UEFA's Best European Goalkeeper in 2004.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 8:05 AM