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José Júlio de Carvalho Peyroteo Martins Couceiro (born 4 October 1962)[1] is a Portuguese football manager, currently the national technical director of the Portuguese Football Federation.

José Couceiro
Jose Couceiro 2011.jpg
Couceiro as Lokomotiv Moscow coach in 2011
Personal information
Full name José Júlio de Carvalho Peyroteo Martins Couceiro
Date of birth (1962-10-04) October 4, 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Montijo
1982–1985 Barreirense
1985–1986 Atlético CP
1986–1988 Torreense
1988–1989 Oriental
1989–1991 Torreense
1991–1992 Estrela da Amadora
Teams managed
2002–2004 Alverca
2004–2005 Vitória de Setúbal
2005 Porto
2005–2006 Belenenses
2006–2007 Portugal U-21
2008 Kaunas
2008–2010 Lithuania
2009–2010 Gaziantepspor
2011 Sporting CP (caretaker)
2011–2012 Lokomotiv Moscow
2013–2014 Vitória de Setubal
2014–2015 Estoril
2016–2018 Vitória de Setúbal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Managerial careerEdit

As a manager, Couceiro's career is marked with the relegation of Alverca in the 2003–04 season. He bounced back with a good run with Vitória de Setúbal, and won the best Portuguese coach prize. He then signed for Porto on 1 February 2005, going on to Belenenses during the 2005–06 season. In August 2006, he was appointed manager of the Portugal under-21 national team, reaching positive results in the UEFA Championships.

In July 2008, Couceiro was then appointed the head coach of FBK Kaunas, the Lithuanian A Lyga club controlled by Vladimir Romanov. On 5 August 2008, FBK Kaunas, playing in a UEFA Champions League play-off match, defeated 2007–08 UEFA Cup finalists Rangers 2–1 on aggregate to qualify for the third round for the first time in club history. He was then named head coach of the Lithuania national team on 14 August 2008.[2] In his first competitive match as manager, Lithuania defeated Romania 3–0 in Cluj-Napoca for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. After that, they defeated Austria 2–0 at home, and the Faroe Islands 1–0. However, they did not qualify for the World Cup tournament proper, held in South Africa.

In April 2009, Couceiro signed as a manager with Turkish side Gaziantepspor.[3]

On 26 February 2011, following the dismissal of Paulo Sérgio, Couceiro was named caretaker manager of Sporting CP for the remainder of the 2010–11 season. He then moved to Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2011,[4] however left the club in May 2012 after his contract was not renewed.[5]

After being appointed as manager of Vitória de Setubal in 2013, he was sacked on 15 May 2014.[6] He then managed Estoril, leaving in March 2015.[7] In May 2016, Couceiro was appointed manager of Vitória de Setubal for a third time.[7] He left the role in May 2018.[8]

In July 2018, he was appointed national technical director of the Portuguese Football Federation.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.lpfp.pt/liga_sagres/pages/pessoa.aspx?epoca=20052006&clube=belenenses&treinador=1072
  2. ^ http://sport.scotsman.com/heartofmidlothianfc/Hearts-youngster-Novikovas-to-be.5310525.jp
  3. ^ http://fra.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/jose-couceiro/
  4. ^ "Lokomotiv Moscow names Jose Couceiro new coach". USA Today. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  5. ^ Славен Билич – новый главный тренер "Локомотива" (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 14 May 2012.
  6. ^ "José Couceiro não continua no Vitória FC". Vfc. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b Marques, David (25 May 2016). "OFICIAL: José Couceiro é o novo treinador do V Setúbal". Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. ^ "José Couceiro: "Não tenho condições para continuar"". Record. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. ^ "FPF oficializa contratação de José Couceiro para diretor técnico nacional". Record (in Portuguese). 5 July 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.