António Oliveira (footballer, born 1952)
|Full name||António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira|
|Date of birth||10 June 1952|
|Place of birth||Penafiel, Portugal|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1982–1983||Sporting CP (player-coach)|
|* 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.
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.
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– Oliveira signed with Sporting, helping them to the double in 1981–82. 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||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|
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, 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– also reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and being eliminated by Manchester United.
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, 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; after one win and two losses in the group stage, Portugal was eliminated and the manager was fired.
- Primeira Liga: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82
- Taça de Portugal: 1976–77, 1981–82; Runner-up 1977–78
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1982
- Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1978, 1981, 1982
- "O jogador era o analfabeto que não comia com talheres" ("The footballer was that illiterate who did not use cuttlery to eat"); Expresso, 21 March 2015 (in Portuguese)
- FC Porto. O Verão quente de 1980, que esfriou a relação no futebol (FC Porto. 1980's hot summer, when football relations turned cold); i, 6 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
- Nº36: António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oliveira; Craques e Flops Leoninos, 20 June 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Antonio Oliveira; BBC Sport, 9 April 2002
- Mais um clássico (Another classic); Record, 1 June 2003 (in Portuguese)
- Porto 0–0 Man. United; UEFA, 19 March 1997
- Oliveira returns to Portugal job; The Independent, 1 August 2000
- É oficial, Hugo Viana substitui Kenedy no Mundial (It's official, Hugo Viana replaces Kenedy in the World Cup); Mais Futebol, 22 May 2002 (in Portuguese)
- Jogadores em baixa (Players on the fall); Correio da Manhã, 15 June 2002 (in Portuguese)
- Mundial 2002 ou a história de um plano que afinal não era perfeito (2002 World Cup or the story of a plan which turned out not to be perfect); SAPO, 5 June 2018 (in Portuguese)
- Portugal sack Oliveira; BBC Sport, 25 June 2002
- António Oliveira eleito presidente do Penafiel (António Oliveira elected president of Penafiel); Público, 1 July 2003 (in Portuguese)