Jaime Moreira Pacheco (born 22 July 1958) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a central midfielder, and is a manager.

Jaime Pacheco
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Pacheco giving instructions during a game with Beijing
Personal information
Full name Jaime Moreira Pacheco
Date of birth (1958-07-22) 22 July 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Paredes, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1979 Aliados Lordelo
1979–1984 Porto 81 (9)
1984–1986 Sporting CP 39 (2)
1986–1989 Porto 55 (4)
1989–1991 Vitória Setúbal 52 (2)
1991–1993 Paços Ferreira 52 (1)
1993–1994 Braga 17 (1)
1994–1995 Rio Ave 9 (0)
1995 Paredes
Total 305 (19)
National team
1983–1990 Portugal 25 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Paços Ferreira (player-coach)
1994–1995 Rio Ave (player-coach)
1995–1996 União Lamas
1996–1997 Vitória Guimarães
1997–2003 Boavista
2003 Mallorca
2003–2005 Boavista
2005–2006 Vitória Guimarães
2006–2008 Boavista
2008–2009 Belenenses
2009–2010 Al-Shabab
2011–2012 Beijing Guoan
2014–2015 Zamalek
2015 Al-Shabab
2016–2017 Tianjin Teda 
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

During his career he played, among others, for Porto and Sporting, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 296 matches and 19 goals over 15 seasons. Subsequently, he worked as a manager for several clubs during more than two decades, including Boavista which he led to its only league title.

A Portugal international on 25 occasions, Pacheco represented the country at the 1986 World Cup and Euro 1984.

Playing careerEdit


Born in Paredes, Pacheco arrived at FC Porto from lowly Aliados do Lordelo FC, then in the second division. After tough beginnings, he consolidated himself in the team's starting XI, appearing more than 100 times overall during his first spell.

In the summer of 1984, Pacheco signed with another Primeira Liga club, Sporting CP, moving alongside teammate António Sousa as part of the deal that sent 17-year-old prodigy Paulo Futre to the northerners.[1] The pair returned after two seasons, proceeding to win the European Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Super Cup whilst appearing regularly (Sousa more than Pacheco).

Aged 31, Pacheco joined Vitória de Setúbal,[2] playing two seasons with both that club and F.C. Paços de Ferreira, and another with S.C. Braga – always in the top flight – and finally retired at the end of 1995 with amateurs U.S.C. Paredes.


Pacheco made his debut for the Portuguese national team on 23 February 1983, in a 1–0 friendly win over West Germany. In the following seven years, he won a further 24 caps without scoring (99% of those games came whilst at Porto and Sporting).

Pacheco represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup, both as a leading player.[3] After a four-year absence he made his final appearance, playing in a 0–0 Euro 1992 qualifier against Finland, on 12 September 1990.

Coaching careerEdit

Pacheco took up coaching while still an active footballer, starting with Paços Ferreira. In early 1994 he left Braga (as a player) and returned to the former in the same capacity. In a similar move, he would again act as player-coach, now at Rio Ave FC, and leave Paredes for Vitória S.C. midway through the 1995–96 season, after which he concentrated solely on management (also with the Minho side, he managed a fifth place in the 1996–97 campaign and a third in the following).

Pacheco was responsible for Boavista FC's greatest ever success, the league championship in 2001,followed by a participation in the UEFA Champions League second group stage and a 2002–03 UEFA Cup semi-final run.[4] These achievements prompted the interest of La Liga club RCD Mallorca in June 2003, but he was dismissed in September after just five matches (one win),[5] immediately returning to Boavista as a replacement for sacked Erwin Sánchez, whom he had previously managed there.

Following a poor run of results, Pacheco stood down as coach of Boavista in April 2005. He was then contracted by Vitória Guimarães but resigned in December,[6] after which he again moved to his main club.

Pacheco was at Boavista's helm when the Porto club was relegated to division two at the end of the 2007–08 season, due to the Apito Dourado affair. He then signed with C.F. Os Belenenses,[7] but was sacked in May 2009 after the Lisbon side was also relegated – later reinstated.

Pacheco joined Al-Shabab FC (Riyadh) in 2009, winning the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Cup almost immediately. However, following a 0–1 group stage loss against Iran's Sepahan F.C. for the campaign's AFC Champions League on 15 April 2010, he was sacked.[8]

In December 2010, Pacheco was signed by Beijing Guoan F.C. of the Chinese Super League on a year-long contract.[9] In June of the following year, during a match against Tianjin Teda F.C. at Workers Stadium, he erected his middle finger to the referee and the opposite team, being punished with an eight-match suspension and a 4,265 fine by the Chinese Football Association.[10]

Pacheco moved to the third continent of his career in October 2014, when he was appointed at Egypt's Zamalek SC as a replacement for the sacked Hossam Hassan.[11] At the turn of the new year, he unexpectedly quit the league leaders to return to Al-Shabab;[12] he had a record of eight wins and a draw from ten games and felt disrespected by the club's board.[13] His second spell in Riyadh lasted just until March 2015, when he left by mutual consent to deal with undisclosed personal issues at home.[14]

In August 2016, Pacheco returned to China's top flight by signing a one-year deal with Tianjin Teda.[15] Having completed his goal of keeping them in the league that year, he left the next May after a five-game winless run in the opening stages of the following campaign.[16]





  1. ^ "Futre. "Eles disseram-me que estava louco e fui para o Porto"" [Futre. "They told me I was crazy and I went to Porto"]. i (in Portuguese). 1 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ "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. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Jaime Pacheco, nuevo entrenador del Mallorca" [Jaime Pacheco, new manager of Mallorca]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 25 July 2003. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Jaime Pacheco, destituido como entrenador del Mallorca" [Jaime Pacheco, dismissed as manager of Mallorca] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Jaime Pacheco abandona Vitória de Guimarães" [Jaime Pacheco leaves Vitória de Guimarães] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ Jaime Pacheco apresentado no Restelo (Jaime Pacheco announced at the Restelo) Archived 11 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine; C.F. Belenenses, 9 October 2008 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Pacheco leaves Al-Shabab post; PortuGOAL, 15 April 2010
  9. ^ "Jaime Pacheco em Pequim na próxima semana" [Jaime Pacheco in Beijing next week]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Portuguese coach Jaime Pacheco suspended for eight matches after obscene gesture in China". Goal. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Egypt's Zamalek names Portuguese Pacheco as new coach". Al-Ahram. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  12. ^ "New year shock for Zamalek as coach Pacheco 'escapes'". Al-Ahram. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Jaime Pacheco conta como saiu do Zamalek" [Jaime Pacheco reveals how he left Zamalek]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 January 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Jaime Pacheco rescinde com Al-Shabab" [Jaime Pacheco resigns from Al-Shabab]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 27 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Jaime Pacheco apresentado no Tianjin Teda" [Jaime Pacheco presented at Tianjin Teda] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Jaime Pacheco rescinde com o Tianjin Teda" [Jaime Pacheco resigns from Tianjin Teda]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 29 May 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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