José Mota (footballer, born 1964)
|Full name||José Albano Ferreira da Mota|
|Date of birth||25 February 1964|
|Place of birth||Paredes, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1996–1999||Paços Ferreira (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent most of his playing career with Paços de Ferreira, where he also began his managerial career and won two Segunda Liga titles. In two decades as a manager he led eight teams in Primeira Liga, and won the Taça de Portugal for Aves in 2018.
Mota was born in Paredes, Porto District. After humble beginnings with Aliados do Lordelo FC, he went on to spend nearly a decade at F.C. Paços de Ferreira, often leading the club as its captain. After retiring, he immediately joined their coaching staff, being promoted to head manager in 1999; in 2004, he had a short stint with C.D. Santa Clara in the Azores, but returned to Paços shortly after.
In the 2006–07 season, Mota led Paços de Ferreira to the UEFA Cup for the first time after a sixth-place finish in the league. The northerners would subsequently lose in the first round of the European competition against AZ Alkmaar, 0–1 on aggregate.
Mota returned to active in November 2010, being appointed at C.F. Os Belenenses who was struggling in the second division and eventually narrowly avoided relegation. Between February 2012 and October of the following year, he coached Vitória F.C. in the top level.
On 2 September 2014, Mota was hired by Gil Vicente F.C. as a replacement to João de Deus, fired after three losses in as many top division games. On 25 March 2016, after a period of inactivity, he signed with second tier club C.D. Feirense, leading it to promotion after four years and being relieved of his duties in December of the same year.
Mota was appointed at C.D. Aves on 18 February 2017, achievement another promotion to the Portuguese top flight but leaving subsequently by mutual consent. The 53-year-old moved abroad for the first time in late June, signing a two-year contract with CS Sfaxien from the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 and leading them to the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Mota returned to both Portugal and Aves on 24 January 2018, replacing the suspended Lito Vidigal as well as being appointed senior football and youth system coordinator. On 18 April, he took the club to its first-ever final of the Taça de Portugal after disposing of lowly Caldas S.C. 3–1 on aggregate, defeating Sporting CP 2–1 in the decisive match.
On 16 January 2019, Mota left Aves by mutual consent after their elimination from the quarter-finals of the cup by S.C. Braga. He returned to the league on 10 March at G.D. Chaves on a deal until 2020, and reiterated his commitment to the club after they were relegated on the last day of the season with a 5–2 defeat to C.D. Tondela; he managed his 400th game in Portugal's top flight on 21 April, a 2–2 draw against Belenenses SAD.
- UEFA: Paços de Ferreira perde com o AZ Alkmaar por 1–0 (UEFA: Paços de Ferreira lose 1–0 to AZ Alkmaar); Público, 20 September 2007 (in Portuguese)
- AZ Alkmaar-Paços de Ferreira, 0–0); Record, 4 October 2007 (in Portuguese)
- End of the road for Jose Mota Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine; PortuGOAL, 9 February 2010
- José Mota novo técnico do Gil Vicente (José Mota new manager of Gil Vicente); TSF, 2 September 2014 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota é o novo treinador do Feirense (José Mota is the new manager of Feirense); Diário de Notícias, 25 March 2016 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota está de saída do Feirense (José Mota is leaving Feirense); Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, 20 December 2016 (in Portuguese)
- Oficial: José Mota é o novo treinador do Aves (Official: José Mota is the new manager of Aves); O Jogo, 18 February 2017 (in Portuguese)
- Aves, bem-vindo à Primeira Liga e parabéns a José Mota (Aves, welcome to the Primeira Liga and congratulations to José Mota); Record, 1 May 2017 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota deixa o Desportivo das Aves (José Mota leaves Desportivo das Aves); SAPO, 22 May 2017 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota vai treinar Club Sportif Sfaxien (José Mota will manage Club Sportif Sfaxien); Diário de Notícias, 24 June 2017 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota qualifica CS Sfaxien para os "quartos" da Taça das Confederações Africana (José Mota qualifies CS Sfaxien to African Confederations Cup "last eight"); O Jogo, 2 July 2017 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota é o sucessor de Lito Vidigal no Aves (José Mota succeeds Lito Vidigal at Aves); O Jogo, 24 January 2018 (in Portuguese)
- José Mota oficializado no Aves como coordenador do futebol sénior e de formação (Aves make José Mota official as senior football and youth system coordinator); TSF, 25 January 2018 (in Portuguese)
- Aves vence Caldas e vai à final da Taça de Portugal (Aves beat Caldas and go to Portuguese Cup final); Jornal de Notícias, 18 April 2018 (in Portuguese)
- Aves ganha a Taça de Portugal graças a bis de Guedes (Aves win Portuguese Cup thanks to Guedes brace); O Jogo, 20 May 2018 (in Portuguese)
- "Desportivo das Aves dispensa treinador José Mota" [Desportivo das Aves let go of manager José Mota] (in Portuguese). Observador. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Oficial: José Mota assume Chaves com equipa técnica definida" [Official: José Mota takes over Chaves with coaching team confirmed] (in Portuguese). Record. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "José Mota mantém-se no Chaves e já prepara a 2.ª Liga" [José Mota stays at Chaves and is already preparing for 2nd League] (in Portuguese). Record. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "José Mota atinge 400 jogos na I Liga e diz que está "aí para as curvas"" [José Mota reaches 400 games in I League and says that he is "alive and kicking"] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.