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Artur Jorge (footballer, born 1946)

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Artur Jorge Braga Melo Teixeira (born 13 February 1946), commonly known as Artur Jorge, is a Portuguese football manager and former player, who played as a forward.

Artur Jorge
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Artur Jorge (second from the left) in 1972
Personal information
Full name Artur Jorge Braga de Melo Teixeira
Date of birth (1946-02-13) 13 February 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Porto 4 (1)
1965–1969 Académica 96 (72)
1969–1975 Benfica 130 (105)
1975–1978 Belenenses 51 (14)
1977Rochester Lancers (loan)[1] 7 (2)
National team
1967–1977 Portugal 16 (1)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Vitória de Guimarães
1981 Belenenses
1981–1983 Portimonense
1984–1987 Porto
1987–1989 Racing Paris
1989–1991 Porto
1991–1994 Paris Saint-Germain
1994–1995 Benfica
1995–1996 Switzerland
1996–1997 Portugal
1997–1998 Tenerife
1998 Vitesse
1998–1999 Paris Saint-Germain
2000–2001 Al-Nassr
2001–2002 Al-Hilal
2002–2003 Académica
2003–2004 CSKA Moscow
2004–2006 Cameroon
2006 Al-Nassr
2006–2007 Créteil
2014–2015 MC Alger
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

As a junior player, he started at the junior team of FC Porto. As professional player, he played for Académica de Coimbra and Benfica, before ending his career at Belenenses in the 1977–78 season, due to a serious injury suffered at a training session in the Estádio Nacional where he broke a leg. During his player days in Coimbra, Jorge was a student at the Faculty of Literature of the University of Coimbra, graduating in Germanic Philology from the University of Lisbon in 1975 during his time at Benfica. As a player, he won four Portuguese league championships, two Taça de Portugal cups and two silver boots for being the best goalscorer. He underwent knee surgery five times during his career,[citation needed] this is attributed as one of the causes of his declining abilities at the end of the career.[citation needed]

International careerEdit

Despite having been one of the top scorers at Benfica, the concurrence of other great forwards such as Eusébio, Rui Jordão and Nené largely limited Artur Jorge to only 16 caps for Portugal, earning two caps while at Académica, 13 at Benfica and one while playing for Belenenses, scoring only one goal during his international career. His debut, on 27 March 1967, was a 1–1 draw with Italy, in a friendly match, in Rome. His last match was on 30 March 1977, a 1–0 win over Switzerland in another friendly match, in Funchal, Madeira. He was a member of the squad that reached the Brazil Independence Cup final, in 1972, the highest point of his international career.

Artur Jorge: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 1972 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal   Cyprus 3–0 4–0 1974 World Cup qualification

Managerial careerEdit

After his player career, Artur Jorge went to Leipzig, East Germany, to study football and training methodology. He started his managerial career working with Vitória de Guimarães,[2] moving on to Belenenses,[3] Portimonense and then signing with Porto for the 1984–85 season, where he won three national champion titles and two Taça de Portugal titles. His greatest success was to win the European Cup with Porto over favourites Bayern Munich 2–1. Jorge is known since then as "Rei Artur" ("King Arthur"). He moved to Racing Paris the next season,[4] and returned to Porto in 1989–90. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1991–92, where he won the national championship in 1993–94.[5]

Artur Jorge moved to Benfica in 1994–95, finishing third with his team, and was replaced at the beginning of the following season. Since then, he has been coach of several other clubs – Académica de Coimbra, Vitesse Arnhem, Tenerife, CSKA Moscow and the Portugal national team, first still as Porto coach for 1989–90 and 1990–91, later for the 1996–97 seasons, Switzerland,[6] and since 2004, Cameroon.[7][8] He failed to lead his team to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He managed Saudi club Al-Nasr for only two cup matches and was sacked following a 4–1 defeat by lowly club Al-Faisaly. He then managed French second division team Créteil in 2006–07.[9]

On 27 November 2014, Artur Jorge joined Algerian club MC Alger, ending a seven-year period without coaching.[10] That appointment ended on 8 October 2015.








Paris Saint-Germain


CSKA Moscow



  1. ^ "NASL Player Profile – Artur Jorge". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Blogger".
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "PSG". English.
  6. ^ White, Clive (8 June 1996). "Football: Swiss knives out for King Jorge". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  7. ^ Etonge, Martin (10 January 2005). "Cameroon name new coach". BBC News. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  8. ^ "RFI - Artur Jorge: dans la tanière des Lions indomptables".
  9. ^[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Artur Jorge appointed coach of Mouloudia Alger". BBC Sport. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 94. ISSN 3846-0823.

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