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António Oliveira (footballer, born 1952)

António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira (born 10 June 1952) is a Portuguese former football attacking midfielder and manager.

António Oliveira
Personal information
Full name António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira
Date of birth (1952-06-10) 10 June 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1968–1971 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Porto 188 (71)
1979 Betis 10 (1)
1980 Porto 12 (1)
1980–1981 Penafiel 22 (10)
1981–1985 Sporting CP 67 (27)
1985–1986 Marítimo 7 (0)
Total 306 (110)
National team
1974–1983 Portugal 24 (7)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Penafiel (player-coach)
1982–1983 Sporting CP (player-coach)
1985–1986 Marítimo (player-coach)
1987–1988 Vitória Guimarães
1988 Académica
1991–1992 Gil Vicente
1993–1994 Braga
1994–1996 Portugal
1996–1998 Porto
1998 Betis
2000–2002 Portugal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player, he notably represented two of the Big Three in his country, Porto and Sporting, amassing totals of 267 matches and 99 Primeira Liga goals between the two and also later managing the former with great success.

Having also represented it as a player, Oliveira had two coaching spells with the Portugal national team, leading it in one World Cup and one European Championship.


Playing careerEdit

Born in Penafiel, Oliveira made his senior debut with FC Porto, first appearing in the Primeira Liga at the age of 18. From 1974 onwards, with the exception of one year, he always scored in double digits, netting a career-best 19 in the 1977–78 season as the northerners won the national championship after a 19-year drought.

In the summer of 1979, 27-year-old Oliveira moved to La Liga with Real Betis. He returned to Porto in the following transfer window due to homesickness, being an important first-team element as the latter side finished second in the league, two points behind Sporting Clube de Portugal.[1]

After helping hometown's F.C. Penafiel retain its top flight status – he left Porto alongside club director Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa and coach José Maria Pedroto following internal disputes[2]– Oliveira signed with Sporting, helping them to the double in 1981–82.[3] In 1985, aged 33, he moved to C.S. Marítimo, retiring at the end of the campaign with Portuguese top division totals of 296 matches and 109 goals; at both Penafiel and Marítimo, he acted as player-coach.[1]

Oliveira earned 24 caps for Portugal during a nine-year spell, which included his player-manager career at Penafiel. He did not take part, however, in any major international tournament.

António Oliveira: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 April 1981 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal   Bulgaria 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 16 December 1981 Haskovo Stadium, Haskovo, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 0–1 5–2 Friendly
3 16 December 1981 Haskovo Stadium, Haskovo, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 5–2 5–2 Friendly
4 20 January 1982 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece   Greece 1–1 1–2 Friendly
5 20 January 1982 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece   Greece 1–2 1–2 Friendly
6 22 September 1982 Olympic Stadium (Helsinki), Helsinki, Finland   Finland 0–2 0–2 Euro 1984 qualifying
7 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal   Finland 5–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying

Coaching careerEdit

Oliveira started managing while still an active player. Exclusively a coach from 1987 onwards, his only full season in his beginnings was 1991–92, when he led modest Gil Vicente F.C. to the 13th position in the top flight.

After helping Portugal to the quarter-finals in UEFA Euro 1996,[4] Oliveira signed for former club Porto, leading it to back-to-back national championships with the addition of one Portuguese Cup, won against S.C. Braga. His first season started with a 5–0 demolition of S.L. Benfica in the domestic Supercup, as the team went on to win the league with 85 points – a record which would last until the 2002–03 campaign, broken by José Mourinho's team[5]– also reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and being eliminated by Manchester United.[6]

In summer 1998, Oliveira was appointed at another former club, Betis, but left the Andalusians before the season started. Two years later he returned to the national team,[7] helping them qualify to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the first in 16 years.

Several problems occurred during the preparation for the tournament in Japan and South Korea, and the competition itself: Vítor Baía replaced in-form Ricardo in goal, Beto played out of position at right back, Luís Figo was in very poor physical condition and Hugo Viana was called as a last-minute replacement for Daniel Kenedy, who tested positive in a doping control test;[8][9][10] after one win and two losses in the group stage, Portugal was eliminated and the manager was fired.[11]

Afterwards, Oliveira was elected chairman of Penafiel Futebol Clube.[12] He also majored in law, at the age of 54.[1]









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