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António Conceição da Silva Oliveira (born 6 December 1961), known as Toni Conceição, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a right back, and is the manager of the Cameroon national team.

Toni Conceição
Personal information
Full name António Conceição da Silva Oliveira
Date of birth (1961-12-06) 6 December 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Maximinos, Portugal
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Cameroon (manager)
Youth career
1975–1980 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Braga 2 (0)
1981–1982 Vizela 24 (1)
1982–1983 Riopele 28 (1)
1983–1985 Vizela 27 (0)
1985–1989 Braga 101 (0)
1989–1991 Porto 1 (0)
Total 183 (2)
National team
1988 Portugal 1 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2002 Braga B
2003 Braga (interim)
2003–2004 Naval
2004–2006 Estrela Amadora
2006 Vitória Setúbal
2007–2008 Trofense
2009 CFR Cluj
2009–2010 Belenenses
2010–2011 Braşov
2012 Astra Ploieşti
2012–2013 Braga B
2014 Moreirense
2014 Olhanense
2015 Al-Faisaly
2015–2016 CFR Cluj
2017 Nea Salamina
2017 Penafiel
2018–2019 CFR Cluj
2019– Cameroon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Maximinos, Braga District, Conceição played one full decade as a professional, making his debut in the Primeira Liga with local S.C. Braga. In 1984, he helped F.C. Vizela reach the top flight for the first time in the club's history.

Subsequently, Conceição returned to Braga. He appeared in a career-best 36 games in the 1987–88 season, helping his team to the 11th position whilst acting as captain.[1]

Conceição signed for FC Porto in the summer of 1989. After only one competitive appearance in two years combined he retired at the age of 29, eventually returning late in the decade in futsal. He earned one cap for Portugal following the infamous Saltillo Affair which resulted in the defection of several players, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 friendly against Sweden in Gothenburg, on 12 October 1988.

Coaching careerEdit

Conceição started his managerial career at S.C. Braga B, spending three full seasons in the third level. He acted as interim to the first team during one match late into 2002–03, a 2–2 away draw against S.C. Beira Mar.[2]

In the following years, Conceição worked with Associação Naval 1º de Maio, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, Vitória de Setúbal[3][4] and C.D. Trofense, with all sides but the third competing in the Segunda Liga and all attaining promotion. In January 2009 he moved abroad, being appointed at Liga I's CFR Cluj and winning the Cupa României.[5]

After three months at the helm of C.F. Os Belenenses after signing in December 2009,[6] winning only three matches in 16 and suffering top level relegation, Conceição returned to Romania, where he coached SR Brașov and FC Astra Ploiești.[7]

Conceição returned to his country in October 2012, being appointed at Braga B who were having their first experience in the second tier.[8] He then led Moreirense F.C. to the division two championship, leaving at the end of the campaign.[9]

Conceição was subsequently appointed at S.C. Olhanense of the same division. Though expected to win promotion, he was sacked in October 2014 with the side in the bottom half of the table following a 7–0 loss at FC Porto B.[10] After a spell at Al-Faisaly FC of the Saudi Professional League, he returned to Cluj in December 2015.[11] The following 17 May his team – featuring compatriots Tiago Lopes, Camora and Vítor Bruno – won the cup again with a penalty shootout victory over FC Dinamo București.[12]

In March 2017, Conceição was hired by Nea Salamis Famagusta FC, second in the Cypriot First Division.[13] Three months later he came home to take the reins at F.C. Penafiel of the second level,[14] leaving on 25 September by mutual consent after two wins from seven league games and elimination from both cups.[15]

On 26 July 2018, Conceição began his third spell at Cluj.[16] He was sacked the following 19 February after a run of three games without a win, though the team still led the championship by as many points.[17]

On 21 September 2019, Toni succeeded Clarence Seedorf as the head coach of Cameroonian national team.[18]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Época 1987/88: Primeira Divisão (1987/88 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 15 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ "Beira Mar-Sp. Braga, 2–2 (destaques)" [Beira Mar-Sp. Braga, 2–2 (highlights)] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 19 April 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ Toni replaces Hélio at Setúbal; UEFA, 17 September 2006
  4. ^ Struggling Setúbal call time on Toni; UEFA, 12 December 2006
  5. ^ a b "Cupa ramane la Cluj! CFR 3–0 Timisoara! (Deac '6, Peralta '28, Culio '53)" [Cup remains at Cluj! CFR 3–0 Timisoara! (Deac '6, Peralta '28, Culio '53)] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Futebol: António Conceição é o treinador" [Football: António Conceição is the coach] (in Portuguese). C.F. Os Belenenses. 23 December 2009. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  7. ^ Conceicao este noul antrenor al astralilor (Conceicao is Astra's new manager); Astra Ploieşti, January 2012 (in Romanian)
  8. ^ Vieira, Nuno (16 October 2012). "António Conceição assume a equipa B" [António Conceição takes over B team]. A Bola (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Moreirense conquista o título" [Moreirense win title]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 May 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  10. ^ "António Conceição deixa o comando técnico do Olhanense" [António Conceição leaves management of Olhanense] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  11. ^ Măcicășan, Vlad (5 December 2015). "E sigur! Toni Conceicao va antrena CFR Cluj: portughezul se întoarce în Gruia după 6 ani! Prima reacţie a lusitanului" [It's done! Toni Conceição will manage CFR Cluj: Portuguese returns to Gruia after 6 years! First reaction of the Lusitanian]. ProSport (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Cluj de António Conceição vence Taça da Roménia após reviravolta" [António Conceição's Cluj win Romanian Cup after comeback] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  13. ^ "OFICIAL: António Conceição vai treinar no Chipre" [OFFICIAL: António Conceição will manage in Cyprus] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  14. ^ "António Conceição assume o Penafiel" [António Conceição takes over at Penafiel] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  15. ^ "António Conceição deixa o comando técnico do Penafiel" [António Conceição leaves management of Penafiel] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ "António Conceição vai treinar o Cluj pela terceira vez na carreira" [António Conceição will manage Cluj for the third time in his career]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 July 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Cluj despede António Conceição e José Peseiro está na calha para o suceder" [Cluj dismiss António Conceição and José Peseiro is in line to succeed]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 February 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  18. ^ Enow, Njie (20 September 2019). "Cameroon name Portuguese coach Conceicao as Seedorf's replacement". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Portimonense-Trofense, 2–2: De novo em festa agora com o título" [Portimonense-Trofense, 2–2: Party time again now with title]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  20. ^ Jesus, Diogo (17 May 2016). "Roménia: Cluj de António Conceição conquista a Taça" [Romania: António Conceição's Cluj conquer Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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