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Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾ.luʃ kɐɾ.vɐ.ˈʎaɫ]; born 4 December 1965) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a centre back, and is the manager of Rio Ave FC.

Carlos Carvalhal
Carvalhal as head coach of Beşiktaş
Personal information
Full name Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal[1]
Date of birth (1965-12-04) 4 December 1965 (age 53)[1]
Place of birth Braga, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rio Ave (manager)
Youth career
1978–1983 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Braga 7 (0)
1985–1986 Chaves 28 (0)
1986–1988 Braga 60 (1)
1988–1989 Porto 1 (0)
1989–1990 Beira-Mar 23 (0)
1990–1992 Braga 33 (0)
1992–1993 Tirsense 14 (0)
1993–1995 Chaves 44 (3)
1995–1999 Espinho 49 (0)
Total 259 (4)
National team
1985–1987 Portugal U21 9 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Espinho
1999–2000 Freamunde
2000 Vizela
2000–2001 Aves
2001–2002 Leixões
2003–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Belenenses
2006 Braga
2006 Beira-Mar
2007–2008 Vitória Setúbal
2008 Asteras Tripoli
2009 Marítimo
2009–2010 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012 İstanbul BB
2015–2017 Sheffield Wednesday
2017–2018 Swansea City
2019– Rio Ave
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Braga,[1] Carvalhal represented mainly hometown's S.C. Braga during his career. In the 1987–88 campaign, in one of his three spells at the club, he had one of his best years in the Primeira Liga, appearing in 34 games and only being booked seven times, even though the Minho team could only finish in 11th position.[3]

Immediately afterwards, Carvalhal joined FC Porto,[4] but was released after only one year,[5] going on to represent in the following nine seasons – until his retirement at the age of 32 – S.C. Beira-Mar,[6] Braga, F.C. Tirsense, G.D. Chaves and S.C. Espinho. In the top level, he amassed totals of 197 matches and one goal.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

Carvalhal began managing at his last club Espinho, in the Segunda Liga, being dismissed early into his second year. In 2002, he became the first coach in the country to take a team in the third division to the UEFA Cup, after leading Leixões S.C. to the final of the Taça de Portugal;[8] two years later he helped Vitória F.C. back to the top flight, which prompted his move to a side in that tier, C.F. Os Belenenses.[9]

Carvalhal was sacked by Belenenses early into 2005–06, after five defeats in eight games. He met the same fate with the two teams he coached in the following season, Braga and S.C. Beira-Mar. With the latter, he was dismissed in December 2006 after the Aveiro club signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company, in a relegation-ending campaign.[10]

Returning to Setúbal for 2007–08, Carvalhal enjoyed his best year as a manager. He led the Sadinos to the sixth position in the league – with the subsequent UEFA Cup qualification and with the team posting one of the best defensive records in Europe that year – and victory in the inaugural edition of the Taça da Liga, against Sporting CP.[11]

After a few weeks in Greece, Carvalhal returned to Portugal and joined C.S. Marítimo, only winning one match in 11 but with the Madeira side finishing comfortably in mid-table. He was sacked late into the year 2009, moving to Sporting in mid-November to replace fired Paulo Bento.[8][12]

As originally intended, Carvalhal left his post at the end of the season, with Sporting finishing in fourth position, 28 points behind champions S.L. Benfica.[13] On 2 August 2011, he was appointed caretaker manager in Beşiktaş J.K. of Turkey, as incumbent Tayfur Havutçu resolved his legal issues stemming from the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.[14][15]

On 30 June 2015, after nearly three years of inactivity, Carvalhal was appointed head coach of English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.[16] He led the team to sixth position in his debut campaign and, subsequently, qualified them for the play-offs, ultimately losing in the play-off final at Wembley.[17] Another notable achievement in his first season in England was ousting Arsenal in the fourth round of the Football League Cup, with a 3–0 victory.[18]

In May 2017, after leading Wednesday to a fourth-place league finish, Carvalhal became the first Portuguese to win the EFL Championship Manager of the Month award.[19] He subsequently coached them to the play-offs, where they were defeated by Huddersfield Town on penalties.[20]

On 24 December 2017, as the side ranked in the lower half of the table, Carvalhal left by mutual consent.[21] Four days later, he moved to the Premier League with Swansea City following the sacking of Paul Clement the previous week.[22][23] His first game in charge took place late in the month, and he led his team to a 2–1 away win over Watford, led by compatriot Marco Silva;[24] after two consecutive league home wins against Liverpool (1–0)[25] and Arsenal (3–1),[26] he was nominated for his first Premier League Manager of the Month award for the month of January.[27]

On 18 May 2018, after the club's relegation, Carvalhal left Swansea.[28] He returned to Portugal one year later, being named Rio Ave FC's coach.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Carvalhal attended university alongside fellow coach Rui Faria, and studied for his UEFA Pro Licence alongside José Mourinho.[30][31] He also authored the book Soccer: Developing a Know-How (2014), in which he discussed his own coaching philosophy.[32]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 5 October 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Sheffield Wednesday 30 June 2015 24 December 2017 131 56 38 37 042.7 [33]
Swansea City 28 December 2017 18 May 2018 25 8 8 9 032.0 [33]
Rio Ave 28 May 2019 Present 10 5 2 3 050.0 [34]
Total 166 69 48 49 041.6



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  3. ^ "Época 1987/88: Primeira Divisão" [1987/88 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Época 1988/89: Primeira Divisão" [1988/89 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
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  7. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (22 September 2017). "Carvalhal. "E se o Van Basten jogasse no Braga?"" [Carvalhal. "What if Van Basten played in Braga?"]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Carvalhal appointed Sporting boss". ESPN Soccernet. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  9. ^ Nunes, Cláudia (19 May 2004). "Belenenses: Carvalhal apresentado e a apontar aos nove primeiros lugares" [Belenenses: Carvalhal presented and aiming at top-nine finish] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Beira-Mar: Carvalhal despedido para dar lugar a Paco Soler" [Beira-Mar: Carvalhal sacked to make way for Paco Soler] (in Portuguese). Portal d'Aveiro. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Vitória de Setúbal é o primeiro vencedor da Taça da Liga" [Vitória de Setúbal are the first winners of the League Cup]. Público (in Portuguese). 22 March 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
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  14. ^ "Beşiktaş JK picks Carlos Carvalhal as new manager". Beşiktaş J.K. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  15. ^ Mira, Luís (2 August 2011). "Official: Besiktas appoint Carlos Carvalhal as interim coach". Goal. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
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  17. ^ Williams, Adam (28 May 2016). "Hull City 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  18. ^ Reddy, Luke (27 October 2015). "Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Carlos Carvalhal named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month". English Football League. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  20. ^ Woodcock, Ian (17 May 2017). "Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  21. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday part company with boss Carlos Carvalhal". BBC Sport. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Carvalhal named Swans boss". Swansea City A.F.C. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  23. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (28 December 2017). "Carlos Carvalhal: Swansea City appoint ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  24. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (30 December 2017). "Watford 1–2 Swansea City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  25. ^ Pearlman, Michael (22 January 2018). "Swansea City 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  26. ^ Pearlman, Michael (30 January 2018). "Swansea City 3–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Barclays Manager of the Month shortlist announced". Premier League. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  28. ^ "Carlos Carvalhal: Swansea City part company with manager after relegation". BBC Sport. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. ^ Rocha, Adriano (27 May 2019). "Rio Ave: Carlos Carvalhal é o novo treinador" [Rio Ave: Carlos Carvalhal is the new manager]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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