Stars of the Future

SHINE FAR BEYOND SPORTS

Stars of the Future was born to aid the athlete in every aspect of his life. Teams are neither available nor capable of aiding athletes in areas such as family, training, education, public exposure and their post-career future. Therefore, Stars Of The Future supports athletes, and their teams, so that they can succeed not only on the pitch, but off of it as well.

How?

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BY ALWAYS BEING THERE IN EACH MOMENT OF THEIR CAREER.

WE KNOW THAT TEAMS AND AGENTS PLAY AN ESSENTIAL
ROLE IN AN ATHLETE'S LIFE AND SUCCESS.

We support teams

We offer financial solutions for teams and support in managing the athlete's personal life, so that they can concentrate on one thing only: top performance!

OUR SERVICES

We support coaches

They are at the root of the athletes’ development. They are their guides, and as such they must be prepared to help them find their path - in their teams as in their careers. Training is indispensable, even in areas outside the sporting arena. We are here to help them prepare for that role.

OUR SERVICES

We support agents

They are the best at managing athletes' professional life. We take care of their personal life and training.

OUR SERVICES

ROAD TO SUCCESS.

Zuela Francisco is the man behind Stars of the Future.
It was through his career and life experiences that he became familiar with the problems of the world of sport. This is his journey.

Zuela Francisco is the man behind Stars of the Future.
It was through his career and life experiences that he became familiar with the problems of the world of sport. This is his journey.

1990

At the age of seven he started his apprenticeship with the football club União de Leiria, where he remained until he was eighteen. From an early stage he noticed the difference between those who, like him, gave more importance to their studies, and those who just wanted to play football.

1999-2002

But he didn’t leave school behind: at seventeen years old, Zuela starts taking a course in Financial Management, since he knew its importance throughout his carreer. He was even in a successful internship in AXA, the insurance company.

2001

Still at União de Leiria he met the man who would become his great master: José Mourinho. Although still an apprentice, he often trained with the first team, and with the coach’s help he learned all there was to know about football. Also during that period he met his first football agent, Nuno Rolo.

“It was early in my career that I heard about a kid with great potential. At the end of a training session we chatted for a while. I was won over by his attitude. It was most unusual for a kid from the junior squad to seek out the first team coach in the dressing room to talk about himself.”

Nuno Rolo

SPORTS AGENT

2002

At the age of 18 he felt he was ready to leave the club where he had taken his first steps. For Zuela the apprenticeship was over and a new phase was beginning.

2005

When the opportunity came to play in Greece, Zuela felt no doubt that it was the right course. Since he didn’t want to go against his contract, he tried to talk with his club’s directors, but to no avail. His only recourse was asking for help to the Professional Footballers’ Union, through the voice of Joaquim Evangelista.

“(Zuela) has demonstrated throughout his career enormous corporative spirit, indefense of the players’ rights and solidarity spirit with his colleagues.”

Joaquim Evangelista

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF THE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS’ UNION

2005

It was in Greece- in the birthplace of civilisation and democracy that he managed to put into practice all he had learned about the way football works. He worked directly with the board of the club for which he played, and was instrumental in the acquisition of a number of players.

“I had started to feel I didn't belong. I lost heart. So I left and went to Greece through the good offices of Zuela Francisco. I only played four matches; maybe I missed someone to guide me.”

Maciel

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER, IN AN INTERVIEW TO NOTÍCIAS AO MINUTO

“At a time when I was having problems I got a phone call from Zuela, a friend of mine for more than 10 years. Already then he had great powers of observation and analysis of players, and was able to see the game and the business. He helped me to find a solution for my professional future.”

Chiquinho

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER

2012

In 2012, Zuela returned to the national team of his country of birth, Angola, for the qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations. It was an opportunity to learn more with his coach, João Silva, and team mates.

“Zuela always sought to understand football’s underlying questions. We had conversations about the right way to lead, to coach, and to play, and he succeeded in pinpointing the most fundamental issues. There were ideas that made me think “How can someone who plays football have such a vision?” He was always interested in matters regarding the post-football life – that’s very important while managing athletes, since their careers are very short.”

João Silva

ANGOLAN NATIONAL COACH

2013

By the end of the competition, personal problems made Zuela make a choice: to return to his team, even though the problem wouldn’t be fixed, or postpone his return. Knowing that players should have the capacity of resolving their own issues, Zuela contacted the team’s President and asked for a leave of absence.

In his return, he knew that the lack of emotional stability could affect his performance and his team’s results. He asked not to play. The board cut his salary and did not provide the help or support he needed during this difficult time. Zuela understood through this experience that many teams forget that their athletes are human too.

2014

It was during a period of work-experience with Chelsea, not as a footballer but to continue his preparation for the day when he would leave his sporting career, that he met José Mourinho once again.

“He was my player in Portugal, so I know his character, personality, moral principles and the will to learn and to prepare himself to always be more competent. He wanted to participate in several areas, from training of the professional team, to the academy, the aspects related to talent scouting and the club organization and management as a company. I recognize potential in Zuela, and above all a huge wish to prepare himself for the future after the career as a player.”

José Mourinho

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH

2014

Still in 2014, Zuela decides to continue his career in an angolan team. There was no doubt: only playing in an African team could he understand why African players did not succeed in Europe, and finish his preparation for life after football.

2014-2015

As time went by, he became increasingly aware that the footballer’s life outside the playing field was not a priority for the clubs. The priority was their performance on the field of play. In 2014, and injury made him come to Portugal so he could have surgery with Doctor José Noronha. During that time, his team mate Silva Kussanda also travels to Portugal to have surgery, with no support from his club. Zuela opens his house to him, and takes care of every necessary detail so that his friend can have his family with him, in a time when his life was in danger.

“At a time when no-one - not even the club that employed me - would help, he was the only person who gave me a helping hand.”

Silva Kussanda

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER

“(Zuela) is much different from all other footballers. He is an honest and simple man. He has been a great footballer, but I think that he has a greater future as technical director. Believe me, in 3-4 years, much more people will talk about him and his achievements in football.”

José Carlos Noronha

DOCTOR (EXTRACT FROM AN INTERVIEW)

Throughout his career he always endeavoured to expand his knowledge. He remained committed to furthering his education and even learnt six languages. Since most of his career was abroad, he could only finish his course in Financial Management when he returned to Portugal. His perseverance made him nominated as INETESE’s ambassador, the school where he graduated.

“It was with surprise that, 17 years later, I was contacted by Mr Zuela with a view to his completing the course. He told me that he had realized that it ‘lacked qualifications to tackle what he perceived to be one of the football industry’s thorny issues: the management of footballer and other professionals finances.”

António Antunes

DIRECTOR OF THE INETESE TECHNICAL SCHOOL

JUNE 2015

At the end of the 2015 season Zuela ended his career as a professional footballer. And with all his amassed experience, and having seen at first hand how things worked, he was in no doubt: someone must alert sportsmen that they must become aware of their own worth.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Stars of the Future is born to make a difference!

“At the age of 21, I was transferred to Chelsea, where I practiced with the second players but we did not have official games. I was upset, asked to leave because I wanted to play and be able to improve my performance. For me, it was not just the money - I just wanted to make my dream come true. I ended up being transferred to Real de Massamá, a team of third category in Portugal. How could I be OK with it, when I was a kid, who at the age of 16, was appointed to the first selection of players for the Euro 2004, side by side with the best players in the world? Figo, Ronaldo… Two generations of the best world players, and I was preparing to be next when, at the age of 16, I won Messi in international tournaments. I was the only one who got lost. There was no-one to help with a structured knowledge of the two sides of the coin and to guide me. I don’t want to judge anyone, but I know that most things people say about me are not true. I didn’t have a voice. That is why this project is going to change the world of football. I am again a member of this world because someone with knowledge has seen that I still had value.”

Fábio Paim

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER

But his story has only just begun.
Today, Zuela Francisco is the director and founder of three running Sporting Clube de Portugal football academies in Greece and Cyprus. It’s a historic event since it’s Sporting’s first academies in Europe, outside of Portugal. Young players have the opportunity to learn from the values of the only team that prepares its athletes to a professional high level, a team that counts with five Ballon d’Or and has worked with the best coaches in Portugal. These academies and Stars Of The Future are part of an educational and sports project and the work they have been doing show that the time has come for the players and their families to live up to their potential.

TESTIMONIALS

“Education is the foundation for success in an athlete's life, during and after its carreer. Congralutions to Zuela, my friend and partner.”

Kátia Aveiro

CRISTIANO RONALDO'S SISTER

“I congratulate him for having been able to take all the right steps, from his pursuit of education to his search for knowledge through other professionals of the sport, all towards his great goal of improving the ways of world football, and looking to nurture more rounded athletes!”

Ricardo Balbeira

SPORTS CONSULTANT

“Francisco Zuela has been an honorable partner, who respects his commitments, and has the goal, through his company, of helping and supporting young athletes to achieve their best possible future.”

Rui Reis

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/h6>

TESTIMONIALS

“I believe in Francisco’s abilities not only because he was a great athlete but mostly because he is an honorable man. During his course as a football player he was constantly training, hard working and willing to expand his knowledge. He could easily perform various duties such as technically coordinating professional football clubs, organizing or establishing youth academies, scouting, etc.“

George K. Stratos

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, GREEK SUPER LEAGUE

“When I was proposed to be Stars of the Future's accountant, I accepted because I believed in Mr. Zuela's skills, knowledge and vision for the future. He believes in his project, has so many goals to achieve, but knows what he wants and he must do to achieve them.”

Clarisse Vieira

STARS OF THE FUTURE ACCOUNTANT IN PORTUGAL

"In my opinion, Zuela was a football player so he could get here, a pretext to understand the world of football and its needs. Zuela the player is today Francisco, the businessman, because for years he prepared himself for it. I’m proud to be part of his team and of his intention to help millions of athletes to live a better life. "

Bruno Ferrer

BUSINESS CONSULTANT IN STARS OF THE FUTURE

TESTIMONIALS

“I knew Zuela in a difficult context for him: the recovery of an injury contracted as a football professional. I was quickly captivated, beyond his fascinating footballer career, with his high human values, of which I can highlight honesty, kindness, and gratitude. He will quickly become a prominent figure in his current professional field because his concern about the lives of athletes beyond football and his vision of this problems will be highly valued. He is someone who can speak, from personal experience!“

Pedro Afonso

LEGAL CONSULTANT FOR STARS OF THE FUTURE IN PORTUGAL

“When I firstly met Zuela he won me over by demonstrating exceptionally kind behavior and long experience in the industry of football. Now he is starting a new career. His purpose is to pass on his knowledge and his experience to young generations. According to his philosophy every athlete shall be provided with the necessary tools in order to stand against the challenges in the industry of sports as well as in everyday life. ”

Georgios Patsalis

ACCOUNTANT FOR STARS OF THE FUTURE IN GREECE

TESTIMONIALS

“Zuela played on my team in his last year as a professional. It can be a difficult time for some athletes because their routine changes, and they lose or don’t have any news goals in life. It didn’t happen in this case because long before ending his career, Zuela was already educating and preparing himself for the future.“

Diogo Almeida

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH IN SPORTING CLUBE DE BRAGA

“Stars of the Future is the company that we trust and we believe that they can help our kid to expand his skills.  Mr Zuela knows the way and can provide guidance and assistance to our kid. That is the reason we trust him and his company.”

Tsirigotis’ family

PARENTS OF AN ATHLETE IN SPORTING CP SOCCER ACADEMY ATHENS

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