|Job||Portuguese Football Coach|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Coach||AS Roma|
2017 12 09 Retrieve
[Paulo Fonseca speaks dressed up as Zorro, a promise he made if his team advanced to the UEFA Champions League knockout round] This is the most joyful press conference of my career. I feel great joy. I think not only Shakhtar’s supporters but all Ukrainians have to be proud of our team
: 2019 06 04 Paulo Fonseca is now the leading candidate to take over as AS Roma’s next coach after the dismissal of coach Eusebio Di Francesco.
2019 06 11 Retrieve
[AS Roma have appointed Paulo Fonseca as their new coach, with the Portuguese signing a two-year deal with the Serie A outfit that includes the option for a third] We are pleased to welcome Paulo Fonseca to the club. Paulo is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and is known for his brave and offensive idea of football that will excite our fans. From the first time I spoke to him he immediately expressed his desire to come to Rome and his enthusiasm in accepting a new challenge, starting to work with our players to set up a team that the fans can feel proud of.
[Fonseca added on his arrival in the Italian capital] I am very happy to have been appointed as the new coach of AS Roma and I would like to thank the entire leadership of the club for the opportunity given to me. I am enthusiastic and motivated by the challenge that awaits us and I look forward to moving to Rome, meeting our fans and starting work. I believe that together we will be able to create something special
2019 06 25 Retrieve
[Gianluca Petrachi’s appointment comes two weeks after Paulo Fonseca was unveiled as the club’s new head coach] I am pleased to be able to welcome Gianluca Petrachi to our team. With his skills, I am sure he will be an important asset within the club’s management structure
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Genoa vs AS Roma. Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has spoken of his delight at seeing star forward Edin Dzeko sign a new contract this summer] I am very happy with Dzeko staying, though it was something I always believed would happen. It was my wish, and everyone is happy. With him staying, it is clear to see that the room for [Patrik] Schick to show his quality is reduced. There are players who need more time to adapt to our game and he is one of them. Justin Kluivert is also young and has yet to understand a lot of things, but he is still growing. Just like Nicolo Zaniolo, who is destined to become one of the best Italian players. He too must grow and work hard, especially in terms of tactics, but I am sure he can be an important player for us now.
[They host Genoa at Stadio Olimpico and, while their opponents avoided relegation by a single goal last season, the new boss is keen for his side to apply themselves and get off to a strong start] They are a strong team, but I’m sure the team will immediately give a positive response. I’ve always said that winning alone isn’t enough. I want us to be dominant, to have control of the ball, to play in the opposition half. I won’t abandon that
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Roma: Officials admitted Chris Smalling penalty was a mistake against Monchengladbach] It is difficult to accept a decision like that. All the players are devastated. We faced the Bundesliga leaders and were in constant control of the game, despite the difficulties. It’s really hard to accept this, we deserved a different result
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Roma have been boosted by the availability of striker Edin Dzeko for the match] He missed the last couple of sessions but Edin trained with the group today - he’s fit to play
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[AS Roma eager to tie Man Utd defender Chris Smalling and Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan down to permanent deals] Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional. The adaptation [to Italian football] was very easy for him. He’s a boy that everyone loves in the club because he is a great professional. I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don’t know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important. He is a great player, a great man with a great attitude every day and for all of these reasons I would be very happy if Chris stays
Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality. Let’s see. He is a player with great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team.
2020 04 05 Retrieve
[Roma boss Paulo Fonseca ‘surprised’ by how quickly Chris Smalling has adapted to Serie A] He surprised me. He’s a defender that had never left England and he arrived in a league very demanding of tactics, where details make the difference. Chris adapted very quickly. He’s an extraordinary guy, very intelligent. He has characteristics that I really appreciate in the centre. He’s fast, nearly unbeatable in one-on-ones. He has a great ability to read the play and anticipate. He was very important for this club. If possible, I would like him to stay. He’s a great professional and person, it’s a pleasure to have him here with us
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has expressed his desire to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent deal] I want him to stay and he also wants to stay. I want to continue working with him because he’s a great player and a great man
2020 05 02 Retrieve
[Roma coach Paulo Fonseca insisted he would be trying everything to keep defender Chris Smalling at the Serie A club] I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too. I know he wants to stay, let’s see what happens. He’s an amazing man, so humble, so professional. He is adored by the fans and established himself as one of the leaders in the dressing room. It’s not easy for English central defenders to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record there isn’t good, but he has been amazing
[on Nicolo Zaniolo] He’s not just a wonderful natural talent, he’s a player who improved considerably this year. I used to say he was like a wild man, following his instincts, but now he understands the game, understands the space, understands the decision-making. I have no doubt that in a few years he’ll be one of the best players not just in Italy but in all of Europe
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Paulo Fonseca, head coach of the Serie A giants, is hoping that he will be given the chance to keep Mkhitaryan on his books] I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again: I want Mkhitaryan to stay. Henrikh also wants to stay. However, it must be said that everything is on pause right now. We still need to talk to Arsenal. I want to keep working with him. He’s a great player and a great man
2020 06 08 Retrieve
[Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has publicly expressed his desire to see Mkhitaryan ‘s services retained beyond the end of the 2019-20 campaign] He is a player who makes great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team.