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Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira (born 22 December 1978), known simply as Abel as a player, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back, and is the manager of S.C. Braga.

Personal information
Full name Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira
Date of birth (1978-12-22) 22 December 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Braga (coach)
Youth career
1989–1997 Penafiel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Penafiel 62 (4)
2000–2004 Vitória Guimarães 80 (1)
2004–2005 Braga 43 (0)
2006–2011 Sporting CP 111 (2)
Total 296 (7)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Sporting CP (juniors)
2013–2014 Sporting B
2015–2017 Braga B
2016 Braga (interim)
2017– Braga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Abel was born in Penafiel, Porto District. After emerging through hometown club F.C. Penafiel's youth ranks, he developed while at Vitória de Guimarães where he made his Primeira Liga debut. He then signed with another Minho Province-based team for the 2004–05 season, S.C. Braga.

Abel transferred to Sporting CP in January 2006, in a two-way loan deal involving Wender, a Brazilian who already had represented the northerners.[1] The move was made permanent before the 2006–07 campaign.

On 27 November 2007 Abel scored a spectacular goal against Manchester United, in a UEFA Champions League group stage 1–2 away loss.[2] During that season he was also called up for the Portuguese national side,[3] but eventually did not earn any caps.

From 2008–09 onwards, Abel began having stiff competition from Brazilian Pedro Silva. This situation was aggravated from January 2010 onwards, after the purchase of Braga's João Pereira.

Veteran Abel was still relatively used by Sporting in the following seasons, as Pereira featured regularly as a midfielder.[4][5] On 24 October 2010 he netted his first league goal for the Lisbon team, scoring in the 90th minute to defeat Rio Ave F.C. at home (1–0);[6] he retired at the end of the 2010–11 campaign at the age of 32, amassing top division totals of 234 matches and three goals.

Coaching careerEdit

Ferreira started working as a manager immediately after retiring, being in charge of Sporting's juniors as well as their reserves in the Segunda Liga.[7][8] In February 2015, he was appointed at Braga B who also competed at that level.[9]

On 26 April 2017, Ferreira succeeded Jorge Simão at the helm of Braga's first team.[10] In his first full season in charge he led them to the fourth place, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League's third qualifying round.[11]



  1. ^ "Loan signings strengthen Sporting]". UEFA. 30 December 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Ronaldo underlines United authority". UEFA. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Chegou a minha hora" [My time has come]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 15 November 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ Ferreira, Luís Pedro; Machado, Catarina (13 April 2010). "Benfica-Sporting (onzes): Éder Luís titular; João Pereira médio" [Benfica-Sporting (XI): Éder Luís starts; João Pereira midfielder] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Abel de pedra e cal" [Abel like a rock]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Last-gasp Abel snatches win for Sporting; Benfica edge past Portimonense". PortuGOAL. 24 October 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  7. ^ Rocha, Pedro (27 December 2014). "Abel Ferreira: "Não saí a mal do Sporting"" [Abel Ferreira: "I left Sporting holding no grudges"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Abel é o novo treinador da equipa B" [Abel is the new B-team manager] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Abel Ferreira é o novo treinador da equipa B" [Abel Ferreira is the new B-team manager]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 February 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Abel Ferreira apresentado como novo treinador do Sporting de Braga às 18:30" [Abel Ferreira presented as new Sporting de Braga manager at 18:30]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 26 April 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ Pereira, Mário (3 July 2018). "Sporting de Braga parte com quatro novidades" [Sporting de Braga start off with four new faces]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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