João Paulo Bessa
João Paulo de Castro Silva Bessa (born Porto, 25 April 1947) is a Portuguese architect, journalist and a former rugby union player and coach. He also played football and tennis.
Bessa begun is Architecture studies at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes do Porto (ESBAP) and finish it at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes de Lisboa (ESBAL) in 1973. He first played at CDUP (1965/66-1967/68) but moved then to CDUL (1968/69-1980/81) in Lisbon. He had 5 caps for Portugal, from 1969 to 1974.
After ending his playing career, he became a coach. He was the National Team coach from 1983 to 1986 and from 1994 to 1999. He almost achieved the qualification for the 1999 Rugby World Cup finals, but was eliminated by Uruguay at the repechage.
João Paulo Bessa also has been a sports journalist for many Portuguese newspapers.
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