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 Belenenses SAD

Petit

Portuguese

14/01/20 Announced on a contract till June 2021; last at Marítimo - left in May 2019

 Benfica

Jorge Jesus

Portuguese

17/07/20 moved from Brazilian side Flamengo after a very successful spell there, returning to the Luz; made official with the CMVM (Portuguese Securities Market Commission)
03/08/20 officially presented, on a two-year contract

 Boavista

Vasco Seabra

Portuguese

28/07/20 reported to be joining the club; previously at 2nd-tier Mafra;
30/07/20 officially presented; apart from Mafra, has also coached Estoril (U23), Famalicão and Paços de Ferreira
08/12/20 sacked, after a 0-0 draw at Rio Ave; in 10 games, 2 wins, 5 draw, 2 defeats (in the Liga, 9 games 1 win, 15th with 8 points)

 

Daniel Rosendo &
Jorge Couto

Portuguese

08/12/20 as caretakers; on the bench for Taça de Portugal 4th round match Estoril 2-1 Boavista, 12/12/20

 *

Jesualdo Ferreira

Portuguese

10/12/20 reported; was at BFC for a few weeks ahead of the 2006/07 season, before jumping ship to join FC Porto
14/12/20 officially confirmed, on contract until the end of the 2021/22 season; last club Santos of Brazil, who he left in 2020

 Gil Vicente

Rui Almeida

Portuguese

28/07/20 reported to be taking over from Vítor Oliveira; previously at French club Caen; first job as main coach in Portugal
03/08/20 confirmed for one season; previously at Sporting and Braga, and as main coach at Red Star and Caen
10/11/20 sacked after 3 straight defeats; he leaves Gil second from bottom with 5 points from 7 games

 *

Ricardo Soares

Portuguese

13/11/20 officially presented, with a contract until the end of the season; left Moreirense 09/11/20

 Famalicão

João Pedro Sousa

Portuguese

Announced 31/05/19, from Everton (assistant to Marco Silva); previously at club 2009/10; two-year contract
31/01/21 sacked after a disappointing first half to the season and a 2-1 defeat at Nacional that left Fama 4th from bottom of the Liga (when they finished 6th last season)

 

Silas

Portuguese

01/02/21 confirmed until June 2022; previously at Sporting and Belenenses SAD
08/03/21 sacked after just six games (1 win, two draws, three defeats), leaving the club second bottom; 3-0 defeat at fellow-strugglers Boavista the last straw

 *

Ivo Vieira

Portuguese

08/03/21 last club Al-Wahda of Saudi Arabia (left February 2021); last PT club Vitória de Guimarães (left July 2020); also at Moreirense, Estoril, Académica, Desporto das Aves, Marítimo and Nacional.

 Farense

Sérgio Vieira

Portuguese

(promoted from the Segunda)
01/07/19 appointed
01/02/21 sacked after a 2-0 defeat at Tondela, leaving SCF rock bottom of the Liga; he brought SCF up from the Segunda last season.

 *

Jorge Costa

Portuguese

04/02/21 Jorge Costa confirmed from Romanian club Gaz Metan; contract until the end of the season.

 FC Porto

Sérgio Conceição

Portuguese

Announced 08/06/17; from Nantes on a 2-year contract; previously coach at Olhanense, Académica, Braga and Vitória de Guimarães

 Marítimo

Lito Vidigal

Angolan

30/07/20 reported to be moving from Vitória de Setúbal
03/08/20 confirmed, on a two-year contract
04/12/20 contract terminated by mutual consent (reported); leaves the club equal 2nd bottom on seven points from eight game

 

Milton Mendes

Brazilian

04/12/20 from U-23s, as caretaker
08/03/21 exit announced; one point from last eight Liga games, leaving the club bottom; also out of the Taça de Portugal to 2nd-tier Estoril

 *

Julio Velázquez

Spanish

10/03/21 reported, on a contract till 2022; previously at Vitória de Setúbal (left 02/07/20) and Belenenses SAD

 Moreirense

Ricardo Soares

Portuguese

18/12/19 signed contract for one and a half seasons; moves from Segunda club Sporting Covilhã
09/11/20 contract terminated by mutual consent; RS leaves the team 11th on 8 points after 7 games

 

César Peixoto

Portuguese

10/11/20 announced, contract to end of season; previously at Chaves, Académica and Varzim; first experience in top flight
02/01/21 resigned, reportedly because of interference from above in the club; in charge of just 7 games (w3, d2, l2); leaves the club 7th in the Liga and in the last 16 of the Taça de Portugal; MFC have got through 7 coaches in the last 4 years: Manuel Machado, Sérgio Vieira, Petit, Ivo Vieira, Vítor Campelos, Ricardo Soares and César Peixoto

 

Leandro Mendes

Portuguese

02/01/21 as caretaker, from inside the club; lost only game 3-0 at FC Porto

*

Vasco Seabra

Portuguese

06/01/21 on an 18-month contract; sacked by Boavista on 18/12/20

 Nacional

Luís Freire

Portuguese

(promoted from the Segunda)
01/07/19 appointed
22/03/21 sacked after a sixth stright defeat (2-0 at Gil Vicente), leaving the club 3rd from bottom.

*

Manuel Machado

Portuguese

Announced 22/03/21; returns to the club he coached in 2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and between 2012 and 2016

 Paços de Ferreira

Pepa

Portuguese

Announced 02/09/19

 Portimonense

Paulo Sérgio

Portuguese

Announced 10/02/20; left Saudi club Al Taawon at the end of 2019; in Portugal has coached, among others, Sporting, Vitória de Setúbal, Académica and Paços de Ferreira, and abroad, Hearts of Scotland and Romanian club Cluj
(Club’s presence in the top flight pending Vitória de Setúbal’s appeal against relegation to the 3rd-tier Campeonato de Portugal) - (Vitória lost their appeal, so PSC sat in the top flight)

 Rio Ave

Mário Silva

Portuguese

30/07/20 announced; previously at Spanish side Almería
03/08/20 confirmed officially
30/12/20 sacked; he leaves the team 12th on 11 points from 11 games

 

Pedro Cunha

Portuguese

30/12/20 from the ‘B’ team, as caretaker

 *

Miguel Cardoso

Portuguese

29/01/21 announced as permanent coach on a contract until June 2022; was previously at Rio Ave 2017/18 (5th in the Liga); spells at Nantes, Celta de Vigo and AEK after that

 Santa Clara

Daniel Ramos

Portuguese

27/07/20 reported to be returning to the Azores (2016/17) from Boavista;
28/07/20 official

 Sporting

Rúben Amorim

Portuguese

04/03/20 signed contract until 2023; from Braga; cost €10m transfer fee; not a qualified coach yet; nine Liga games with Braga: 8 wins, 1 draw, from a total of 13 games, of which 10 were wins

 Sporting Braga

Carlos Carvalhal

Portuguese

27/07/20 reported across the news that he would be joining the club from Rio Ave, rejecting the possibility of coaching Flamengo; brief spell at Braga 2006/07

 Tondela

Pako Ayestarán

Spanish

07/08/20 reported; was at Benfica under Quique Flores in 2008/09; chief coach at: Estudiantes Tecos (Mexico), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Santos Laguna (Mexico), Valênci and Las Palmas (Spain) and most recently Pachuca (Mexico).
10/08/20 confirmed officially

 Vitória Guimarães

Tiago Mendes

Portuguese

28/07/20 officially announced; first full coaching position - not yet fully qualified; contract for two years; former midfielder with Braga, Benfica, Chelsea, Lyon, Juventus and Atlético Madrid
08/10/20 handed in resignation after just 3 Liga games in charge (W1 D1 L1)

 *

João Henriques

Portuguese

12/10/20 officially announced on a 2-year contract; at Santa Clara last season (9th); previously at Paços de Ferreira, Leixões and Fátima

updated 22/03/21


 liga coaches 2019/20
 

club

coach

nationality

notes

 Belenenses SAD

Silas

Portuguese

19/01/18 Silas (Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes) officially presented, with a contract of 1.5 seasons - his first coaching position (had been a coach for the Players’ Union summer camp and a TV pundit recently); among other clubs, represented União de Leiria, Marítimo and Belenenses in Portugal, Wolves (briefly) in England; three caps for Portugal
04/09/19 Sacked after losing 1-0 at home to Boavista; Belenenses are 2nd to bottom with 2 points from 4 games ... and no goals.

 

Pedro Ribeiro

Portuguese

04/09/19 As caretaker, moving from Belenenses U-23s
14/01/20 Exit confirmed after days of speculation; he leaves the team 16th, one point above the drop zone; recently lost 1-7 at home to Braga

 *

Petit

Portuguese

14/01/20 Announced on a contract till June 2021; last at Mrítimo - left in May 2019

 Benfica

Bruno Lage

Portuguese

03/01/19 Moves from Benfica B as caretaker
14/01/19 Confirmed as permanent replacement for Rui Vitória; would take Benifca to the title in his first season
29/06/20 Handed in his resignation following a 2-0 defeat at Marítimo, leaving SLB six points behind FC Porto, with just five games left. SLB dropped 20 points in their last ten Liga games under Lage.

 

Nélson Veríssimo

Portuguese

30/06/20 Bruno Lage’s assistant takes first training after Lage’s departure, in charge of the side until the end of the season, despite the club singing Jorge Jesus from Flamengo; last game: Benfica’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Porto in the Taça de Portugal Final.

 *

Jorge Jesus

Portuguese

17/07/20 moved from Brazilian side Flamengo after a very successful spell there, returning to the Luz; made official with the CMVM (Portuguese Securities Market Commission)
03/08/20 officially presented, on a two-year contract

 Boavista

Lito Vidigal

Angolan

27/01/19 appointed on a year-and-a-half contract; was at Vitória de Setúbal until 25/01 (see below)
17/12/19 sacked, leaving BFC 9th on 18 points from 14 games

 

Daniel Ramos

Portuguese

18/12/19 presented on a contract until end of season; previously at Rio Ave - left in May 2019
24/07/20 announced, ahead of the final game of the season at home to Rio Ave, that he would be leaving

 *

Vasco Seabra

Portuguese

28/07/20 reported to be joining the club; previously at 2nd-tier Mafra;
30/07/20 officially presented; apart from Mafra, has also coached Estoril (U23), Famalicão and Paços de Ferreira

 Desportivo das Aves

Augusto Inácio

Portuguese

16/01/19 announced; last club coached: Zamalek of Egypt, who he left in 2017; contract until the end of the season, with one more as optional
21/10/19 resignation accepted after a 5-2 defeat to 2nd-tier Farense in the Taça de Portugal; the club are bottom of the Liga table with 3 points from 8 games

 

Leandro Pires

Portuguese

21/10/19 as caretaker, promoted internally from the U-23s; given a chance but lost all three games, leaving Aves rock bottom on 3 points from 11 games

 

Nuno Manta Santos

Portuguese

13/11/19 signed two-year contract; from Maritimo; previously at Feirense, who he took down to the Segunda last season...
06/08/20 unilaterally terminated contract after a turbulent season in which the club and SAD (admin arm) were in dispute and players and staff went unpaid.

 Gil Vicente

Vítor Oliveira

Portuguese

19/05/19 Announces move from Paços de Ferreira, who he promoted from the Segunda Liga as champions; previously headed Gil between 1992 and 1995 and between 2001 and 2003; Gil were reinstated into the top flight from the Campeonato de Portugal (3rd tier)
25/07/20 leaves club after the last game of the season, possibly to quit coaching altogether

 *

Rui Almeida

Portuguese

28/07/20 reported to be taking over from Vítor Oliveira; previously at French club Caen; first job as main coach in Portugal
03/08/20 confirmed for one season; previously at Sporting and Braga, and as main coach at Red Star and Caen

 Famalicão

Carlos Pinto

Portuguese

21/05/19 Club announces he is leaving (“he’s not qualified to coach in the top flight”) after taking Fam to 2nd in the Segunda Liga and promotion

 *

João Pedro Sousa

Portuguese

Announced 31/05/19, from Everton (assistant to Marco Silva); previously at club 2009/10; two-year contract

 FC Porto

Sérgio Conceição

Portuguese

Announced 08/06/17; from Nantes on a 2-year contract; previously coach at Olhanense, Académica, Braga and Vitória de Guimarães

 Marítimo

Petit

Portuguese

27/11/18 reported to be the replacement for Cláudio Braga, on a contract until the end of the season; was out of work since January 2018 (Paços de Ferreira); has also coached Moreirense, Boavista and Tondela
30/05/19 Departure announced by club president Carlos Pereira, who had set the season’s points target at 40; the team got 39

 

Nuno Manta Santos

Portuguese

Presented 04/06/19; previously at Feirense - sacked 04/02/19 with the team rock bottom; they were relegated; moved to Aves 13/11/19

 

José Gomes

Portuguese

14/11/19 officially presented, on a 1.5-year contract; sacked by English Championship side Reading FC earlier in the season
27/07/20 activated get-out clause in his contract to sign for Spanish side Almería, in the play-offs for promotion to La Liga

 *

Lito Vidigal

Angolan

30/07/20 reported to be moving from Vitória de Setúbal
03/08/20 confirmed, on a two-year contract

 Moreirense

Ivo Vieira

Portuguese

28/05/18 Announced; sacked from relegated Estoril ten days ago
19/05/19 Announces he will be leaving the club; took Moreirense to 6th, their best ever placing

 

Vítor Campelos

Portuguese

Announced 27/05/19; last 3 years at Vitória de Guimarães B (relegated from the Segunda this season as bottom club); also at Trofense in Portugal and Videoton, as well as assistant at Tractor, Al-Sharjah and Al-Ettifaq
17/12/19 sacked, leaving MFC 11th with 17 points from 14 games

 *

Ricardo Soares

Portuguese

18/12/19 signed contract for one and a half seasons; moves from Segunda club Sporting Covilhã

 Paços de Ferreira

Filipe Rocha (Filó)

Portuguese

22/05/19 Moves from Sporting Covilhã to replace Vítor Oliveira, who moves to Gil Vicente; first experience in the top flight; previously coached Lousada, Fiães, Paredes, Aliados de Lordelo, Espinho, Naval, Freamunde, União and Aves (U-23)
01/09/19 Sacked after a 1-0 home defeat to Marítimo; he leaves Paços bottom with one point from the first four games.

 *

Pepa

 

Announced 02/09/19

 Portimonense

António Folha

Portuguese

Announced 29/06/19; previously with FC Porto B
18/01/20 Announced he is leaving the club after a 3-0 defeat at bottom club and relegation rivals Aves; the club have just three points from the last five games and are second from bottom, with 14 points fromt 17 games

 

Bruno Lopes

Portuguese

Announced 19/01/20; moves from Portimonense U23s (14 wins in 42 games since 2018); lost all three Liga games in charge; leaves club 2nd from bottom, two points from safety

 *

Paulo Sérgio

Portuguese

Announced 10/02/20; left Saudi club Al Taawon at the end of 2019; in Portugal has coached, among others, Sporting, Vitória de Setúbal, Académica and Paços de Ferreira, and abroad, Hearts of Scotland and Romanian club Cluj

 Rio Ave

Daniel Ramos

Portuguese

01/01/19 Announced; previously with Chaves - sacked in December 2018
23/05/19 Club announces that Ramos is leaving, by mutual consent; took Rio Ave to 7th, with 7 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats

 

Carlos Carvalhal

Portuguese

Announced 27/05/19; last worked in Portugal at Sporting, 2009/10, also Marítimo, Vitória de Setúbal x 2, Beira-Mar, Braga, Belenenses, Leixões, Aves, Sporting Espinho; last club Swansea, also Sheffield Wednesday in England; Istanbul, Besiktas, Asteras Tripolis
25/07/20 club president confirms CC will be leaving the club, following the 2-0 win at Boavista that confirmed 5th place and qualification for the 2nd preliminary round of next season’s Europa League; rumours have CC moving to Brazilian side Flamengo

 *

Mário Silva

Portuguese

30/07/20 announced; previously at Spanish side Almería
03/08/20 confirmed officially

 Santa Clara

João Henriques

Portuguese

24/07/20 club announced he would be leaving after drawing the last game of the season 2-2 at home to Vitória de Guimarães; Santa Clara finished 9th

 *

Daniel Ramos

Portuguese

27/07/20 reported to be returning to the Azores (2016/17) from Boavista;
28/07/20 official

 Sporting

Marcel Keizer

Dutch

08/11/18 officially announced on a contract until June 2021; arrives from UAE club Al-Jazira
03/09/19 exit announced, ‘by mutual consent’ (but pushed) after a 2-3 home defeat to Rio Ave, with three penalties conceded by Sebastián Coates; he leaves SCP 5th on 7 points after 4 games, 3 off top club Famalicão

 

Leonel Pontes

Portuguese

03/09/19 as caretaker, moving from SCP’s U-23s; leaves Sporting 8th on 8 points

 

Jorge Silas

Portuguese

27/09/19 officially presented on a 1.5 season contract; previously with Belenenses, sacked 04/09/19; Silas does not yet have all his coaching badges
04/03/20 terminated contract after a poor season and a 3-1 defeat at Famalicão, which followed being knocked out of the Europa League by Turkish giants Basaksehir; leaves SCP 4th, 4 points behind Braga

 *

Rúben Amorim

Portuguese

04/03/20 signed contract until 2023; from Braga; cost €10m transfer fee; not a qualified coach yet; nine Liga games with Braga: 8 wins, 1 draw, from a total of 13 games, of which 10 were wins

 Sporting Braga

Abel Ferreira

Portuguese

26/04/17 steps up from Braga’s ‘B’ team.
01/07/19 departure announced; moves to Greek club PAOK Salonica on a 3-year deal; PAOK covered Abel’s release clause: €2.5m

 

Rui Santos

Portuguese

01/07/19 Braga ‘B’ coach; takes over training on an interim basis

 

Ricardo Sá Pinto

Portuguese

03/07/19 announced on a 2-year contract; moves from Polish club Légia Warsaw
23/12/19 sacked, despite qualifying for the Taça da Liga Final Four (to be held in Braga) the day before; Sá Pinto qualified the club for the knockout stages of the Europa League, but their Liga performances and position (8th on 18 points) are below expectations

 

Rúben Amorim

Portuguese

27/12/19 officially presented, with a contract until June 2022; previously in charge of the club’s ‘B’ team; caused controversy with the National Association of Coaches because he doesn’t have full coaching qualifications
04/03/20 signed contract with Sporting until 2023; cost €10m transfer fee; not a qualified coach yet; nine Liga games with Braga: 8 wins, 1 draw, from a total of 13 games, of which 10 were wins; leaves SCB 3rd, 4 points ahead of ... Sporting

 

Custódio

Portuguese

05/03/20 announced on a 2.5-year contract; from the Braga youth teams; only has level 1 coaching badge, so can’t even sit on the bench (in theory)
01/07/20 President António Salvador announced that Custódio had resigned after a 4-3 defeat to Rio Ave; Braga had been 2-0 up. They fell to 5 points behind Sporting (3rd and 4th).

 

Artur Jorge

Portuguese

01/07/20 moves from Braga’s U-19s, on a contract until the end of the season (5 games); took the club to 3rd in the Liga and direct access to the group phase of the Europa League

 *

Carlos Carvalhal

Portuguese

27/07/20 reported across the news that he would be joining the club from Rio Ave, rejecting the possibility of coaching Flamengo; brief spell at Braga 2006/07

 Tondela

Pepa

Portuguese

Announced 10/01/17; previously at Moreirense - parted ways in November; contract until the end of the season
17/05/18 Contract renewed for another season
23/05/19 Club announces that Pepa is to leave

 

Natxo González

Spanish

Reported 05/06; from Spanish second-tier club Deportivo la Corunha
Confirmed by club 14/06/19; apart from Deportivo, spells at Spanish clubs Alavés, Réus, Sant Andreu and Zaragoza
05/08/20 contract terminated by mutual consent; club finished 14th, but survival went to the wire

 *

Pako Ayestarán

Spanish

07/08/20 reported; was at Benfica under Quique Flores in 2008/09; chief coach at: Estudiantes Tecos (Mexico), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Santos Laguna (Mexico), Valênci and Las Palmas (Spain) and most recently Pachuca (Mexico).
10/08/20 confirmed officially

 Vitória Guimarães

Luís Castro

Portuguese

21/05/18 Confirmed on a two-year contract; from Chaves, who finished 6th
10/06/19 Announced that he’s moving to Shakhtar Donetsk to replace Paulo Fonseca; Vitória will receive €1m in compensation
12/06/19 Move to Shakhtar confirmed

 

Ivo Vieira

Portuguese

18/06/19 officially presented; moves from Moreirense, who he took to a club-record 6th place; one-year contract
24/07/20 announced he would be leaving after drawing the final game of the season 2-2 at Santa Clara; VSC finished 7th, missing out on European football

 *

Tiago Mendes

Portuguese

28/07/20 officially announced; first full coaching position - not yet fully qualified; contract for two years; former midfielder with Braga, Benfica, Chelsea, Lyon, Juventus and Atlético Madrid

 Vitória Setúbal

Sandro Mendes

Portuguese

25/01/19 Sports Director, took over from the sacked Lito Vidigal.
26/10/19 Sacked after a 0-0 home draw to Marítimo; he leaves the club 14th on 8 points from 8 games, with just one goal scored (!); in 25 games, he won 5, drew 14, lost 7

 

Meyong

Cameroonian

28/10/19 As caretaker; formerly a striker at the club

 

Julio Velázquez

Spanish

11/11/19 officially presented; previously at Spanish club Alcorcón and Italians Udinese; was at Belenenses in 2015/16
02/07/20 left the club by mutual agreement after the team slumped to 3rd from bottom, just three points above the drop zone following a run of 11 games without a win.

 

Albert Meyong

Cameroonian

02/07/20 As caretaker ... for the second time this season

 

Lito Vidigal

Angolan

06/07/20 announced until the end of the season; previously at club, leaving in January 2019
03/08/20 confirmed at Marítimo

 * (II Liga)

Alexandre Santana

Portuguese

(Club’s presence in the top flight was pending an appeal against relegation to the 3rd-tier Campeonato de Portugal, but they lost the appeal and were relegated.)
11/09/20 Alexandre Santana announced, from the VFC juniors

updated 10/08/20

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