Augusto Inácio

Augusto Soares Inácio (born 30 January 1955) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left back, and a manager.

Augusto Inácio
Personal information
Full name Augusto Soares Inácio
Date of birth (1955-01-30) 30 January 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position(s) Left back
Youth career
Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1982 Sporting CP 157 (5)
1982–1989 Porto 142 (4)
Total 299 (9)
National team
1976–1986 Portugal 25 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Rio Ave
1994–1996 Porto (assistant)
1996 Marítimo
1996–1997 Felgueiras
1997–1999 Marítimo
1999 Chaves
1999–2001 Sporting CP
2001–2003 Vitória Guimarães
2004 Belenenses
2004 Al-Ahli
2005–2006 Beira-Mar
2006–2007 Ionikos
2007–2008 Foolad
2008–2009 Interclube
2009–2010 Naval
2010–2011 Leixões
2012 Vaslui
2013 Moreirense
2016–2017 Moreirense
2017 Zamalek
2019 Aves
2020 Avaí
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Having represented both Sporting and Porto as a professional player, he went on to have a lengthy managerial career that would last more than 20 years in four countries (in this capacity, he also worked with both clubs).

A Portugal international for one full decade, Inácio represented the country at the 1986 World Cup.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Lisbon, Inácio started playing for Sporting CP, signing at the age of 27 for FC Porto and winning several Primeira Liga championships and domestic cups with both clubs. With the latter, he started in both European competition finals played in the 80s, the 1–2 against Juventus F.C. in the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1986–87 European Cup, won at the expense of FC Bayern Munich.[1]

Inácio earned 25 caps for Portugal, mainly for Porto. His debut came on 5 December 1976 in a 2–1 win over Cyprus in the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and he represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 World Cup, playing his last international in the latter, a 1–3 group stage loss to Morocco on 11 July.

Coaching careerEdit

After ending his career, Inácio became a manager. One of his first stops was at former side Porto as part of the Bobby Robson-led coaching staff, helping the northerners to back-to-back league conquests; his first head coach assignment arrived with another former club, as he led Sporting to its first title in 18 years, in 1999–2000;[2][3] subsequently, he managed G.D. Chaves, C.S. Marítimo, Vitória S.C. and S.C. Beira-Mar.

In the 2005–06 season, the Aveiro team won the second level, thus achieving promotion. However, Inácio would be sacked just nine matches into the following campaign, leaving them with only six points; he then went on to manage Ionikos F.C. in the Superleague Greece,[4] but resigned on 15 January 2007 after a heavy defeat against Panathinaikos FC.

Inácio moved to Iran just ten days later with Foolad FC, signing until June. Despite suffering relegation to the second division he signed a contract extension for the next season; in May 2008, he took the reins of G.D. Interclube in Luanda, Angola.

Inácio was sacked in the summer of 2009 and, on 13 September, he reached an agreement with Associação Naval 1º de Maio for a return to Portugal, in a one year-deal. At this time in the season, Naval had just one point from four games and dismissed Ulisses Morais, but ultimately easily retained their top division status, finishing in eighth position.

In late January 2012, Inácio signed a contract with Romanian Liga I team FC Vaslui.[5] After three months at the helm of Moreirense F.C. late into the 2012–13 campaign (four wins in 14 matches, team relegation), he returned to Sporting as director of football;[6] in June 2015, still with the latter club, he was appointed director of international relations.[7]

Inácio returned to head coaching duties in late November 2016, when he replaced fired Pepa at the helm of former side Moreirense.[8] The following month he led the team to their first ever major trophy, conquering the Taça da Liga after the 1–0 win over S.C. Braga at the Estádio Algarve;[9] previously, they disposed of Porto in the group stage of the competition and S.L. Benfica in the semi-finals.[10]

Inácio was however fired on 20 March 2017, due to a poor string of league results.[11] On 7 April, he succeeded Mohamed Helmy at the helm of Egyptian Premier League side Zamalek SC;[12] he terminated his one-and-a-half-year contract in late July,[13] being subsequently held in the club's facilities and requesting help from the Portuguese embassy in the African country until the situation was eventually solved.[14]

On 16 January 2019, Inácio was appointed at C.D. Aves.[15] He was relieved of his duties seven months later, after only collecting one league win in eight matches and being ousted from the Taça de Portugal by S.C. Farense (5–2 loss).[16]

Inácio became manager of Avaí FC at the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B on 18 December 2019.[17] The following February, after four losses in seven games, he was dismissed.[18]










  1. ^ Da Cunha, Pedro Jorge (28 April 2014). "1988/89: FC Porto sem troféus e dez campeões europeus a chorar" [1988/89: FC Porto without trophies and ten European champions crying] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Oliveira joins Benfica". BBC Sport. 6 December 2000. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  3. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (27 January 2018). "Inácio. "O Sporting campeão em 2000? Nem o Spielberg"" [Inácio. “Sporting champions in 2000? Not even Spielberg”]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Proposta de 40 mil euros na origem da mudança" [Forty thousand euro offer the reason for change]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 8 November 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Augusto Soares Inacio – noul tehnician principal al Vasluiului!" [Augusto Soares Inacio – new head manager of Vaslui!] (in Romanian). FC Vaslui. January 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  6. ^ "É oficial: Sporting contrata Leonardo Jardim por dois anos" [It's official: Sporting hire Leonardo Jardim for two years]. Público (in Portuguese). 20 May 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Inácio fica no Sporting como diretor de relações internacionais" [Inácio stays in Sporting as director of international relations]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 10 June 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. ^ Santos, Vítor (28 November 2016). "Augusto Inácio é o novo treinador do Moreirense" [Augusto Inácio is the new manager of Moreirense]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Moreirense faz história e vence Taça da Liga" [Moreirense make history and win League Cup] (in Portuguese). TSF. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  10. ^ Calaveiras, Carlos (29 January 2017). "Moreirense, rei dos Algarves e da Taça da Liga" [Moreirense, king of the Algarves and the League Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Augusto Inácio deixa Moreirense" [Augusto Inácio leaves Moreirense] (in Portuguese). TSF. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Inácio signs contract to coach Zamalek S.C." Egypt Today. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Augusto Inácio rescinde com o Zamalek" [Augusto Inácio cuts ties with Zamalek]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Augusto Inácio pede ajuda à embaixada portuguesa e sai do Zamalek" [Augusto Inácio asks Portuguese embassy for help and leaves Zamalek]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Augusto Inácio oficializado como novo treinador do Aves" [Augusto Inácio made official as new manager of Aves]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 January 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Augusto Inácio despedido do Desp. Aves" [Augusto Inácio dismissed by Desp. Aves]. Público (in Portuguese). 21 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Avaí anuncia Augusto Inácio" [Avaí announce Augusto Inácio] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Inácio despedido do Avaí menos de dois meses depois de chegar" [Inácio dismissed at Avaí less than two months after his arrival]. Público (in Portuguese). 14 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Leões deixam parabéns "especial" a Podence, Geraldes e Inácio" [Lions send "special" congratulations to Podence, Geraldes and Inácio]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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