José Leonardo Nunes Alves Sousa Jardim (European Portuguese: [liuˈnaɾðu ʒɐɾˈðĩ]; born 1 August 1974) is a Portuguese football manager, currently in charge of Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan.

Leonardo Jardim
Jardim with Monaco in 2017
Personal information
Full name José Leonardo Nunes Alves Sousa Jardim[1]
Date of birth (1974-08-01) 1 August 1974 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Barcelona, Venezuela[1]
Team information
Current team
Al-Rayyan (manager)
Managerial career
Years Team
1996–1997 Santacruzense (youth)
1998–1999 Portosantense (assistant)
1999–2000 Câmara de Lobos (assistant)
2000–2003 Camacha (assistant)
2003–2008 Camacha
2008–2009 Chaves
2009–2011 Beira-Mar
2011–2012 Braga
2012–2013 Olympiacos
2013–2014 Sporting CP
2014–2018 Monaco
2019 Monaco
2021–2022 Al Hilal
2022–2023 Shabab Al Ahli
2023– Al-Rayyan

He started working at the professional level at the age of 35, initially with Camacha and Chaves, before winning promotion to the Primeira Liga with Beira-Mar in 2009–10. He later managed Braga, Olympiacos and Sporting CP.

Jardim joined Monaco in 2014, and led the club to its eighth Ligue 1 championship in 2016–17. After being dismissed in October 2018, he was replaced by Thierry Henry and reappointed in January 2019, before being sacked once again in December.

Club career edit

Early years edit

Born in Barcelona, Venezuela to Portuguese parents who had settled in the country, Jardim returned to Portugal at a very young age, relocating to the island of Madeira. In 2001, aged only 27, he began working as assistant at local club A.D. Camacha, and remained three years in that role.[2][3]

Subsequently, Jardim was promoted to head coach at the third division side, before moving to G.D. Chaves in the same division midway through the 2007–08 campaign. He led the northerners to promotion to the Segunda Liga in 2008–09, his only full season.[4]

On 2 June 2009, Jardim was hired by S.C. Beira-Mar,[5] and achieved another promotion in 2009–10, this time to the Primeira Liga.[6][4] He stepped down midway through the 2010–11 season, even though the Aveiro team was performing above most expectations.[7]

Braga edit

In May 2011, Jardim replaced Sporting CP-bound Domingos Paciência at the helm of S.C. Braga.[8][9] He led the Minho club to third place in his only season – posting a record of 15 consecutive league wins in the process[10]– but left after a disagreement with the president.[11]

Olympiacos edit

On 5 June 2012, Jardim agreed to join Olympiacos F.C. of Super League Greece on a two-year contract, replacing Ernesto Valverde.[12][13] He was controversially relieved of his duties on 19 January 2013, even though the team led the league by ten points.[14]

Sporting CP edit

Jardim agreed to return to the country of his parents on 20 May 2013, signing a two-year deal with Sporting.[15] Leading a team full of young players developed in the club's youth academy,[16][17] he coached the Lisbon team to second place in 2013–14,[18] with 25 points and 18 goals more than the previous season.

Monaco edit

On 10 June 2014, Jardim joined AS Monaco FC, signing a contract for two years with the option for another.[19] He led the team to third place in Ligue 1 in his first year, and repeated the feat in 2015–16;[20] in between, on 12 May 2015, he agreed to an extension until 2019.[21]

In the 2016–17 campaign, displaying attacking football, particularly by several young players,[22] Monaco won its first national championship in 17 years.[23] The side also reached the semi-finals in both the UEFA Champions League and the Coupe de France, and lost the final of the Coupe de la Ligue to Paris Saint-Germain FC.[24][25][26] In early June 2017, Jardim agreed a new deal until 2020.[27]

On 11 October 2018, following a poor start to the season which included two losses in as many Champions League group stage matches,[28][29] Jardim was sacked.[30] On 25 January 2019, following the dismissal of Thierry Henry, he was reappointed.[31]

Jardim was again relieved of his duties in late December 2019.[32]

Al Hilal edit

On 2 June 2021, Jardim was appointed at Al Hilal SFC of the Saudi Professional League on a one-year deal with an option for a second.[33] On 14 February 2022, in spite of winning the Saudi Super Cup,[34] the AFC Champions League[35] and helping to the conquest of the domestic league alongside his successor Ramón Díaz,[36] he left by mutual consent.[37]

Shabab Al Ahli edit

Jardim became manager of Shabab Al Ahli Club on 8 June 2022, signing a one-year contract.[38] He won the UAE Pro League in his first season,[39] but left due to reported interest from Al-Rayyan SC.[40]

Al-Rayyan edit

On 26 June 2023, Jardim agreed to a two-year deal at Al-Rayyan.[41]

Managerial statistics edit

As of match played 17 April 2024[42][43]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Camacha   1 July 2003 14 March 2008 166 73 41 52 250 186 +64 043.98
Chaves 17 March 2008 2 June 2009 48 28 11 9 78 37 +41 058.33
Beira-Mar 2 June 2009 28 February 2011 66 25 21 20 87 72 +15 037.88
Braga 7 June 2011 30 May 2012 46 27 10 9 84 45 +39 058.70
Olympiacos   5 June 2012 19 January 2013 26 20 3 3 55 19 +36 076.92
Sporting CP   20 May 2013 20 May 2014 35 23 8 4 71 26 +45 065.71
Monaco   6 June 2014 11 October 2018 233 125 54 54 428 275 +153 053.65
Monaco 27 January 2019 28 December 2019 37 14 11 12 54 51 +3 037.84
Al Hilal   2 June 2021 14 February 2022 26 14 8 4 48 29 +19 053.85
Shabab Al Ahli   8 June 2022 1 June 2023 32 19 8 5 61 34 +27 059.38
Al-Rayyan   26 June 2023 present 25 16 2 7 49 30 +19 064.00
Career total 740 384 177 179 1,265 804 +461 051.89

Honours edit

Camacha

Beira-Mar

Olympiacos

Monaco

Al Hilal

Shabab Al Ahli

Individual

References edit

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  3. ^ "Leonardo Jardim homenageado na terra onde iniciou carreira" [Leonardo Jardim honoured in land where he started career] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Leonardo Jardim apresentado em Braga" [Leonardo Jardim presented in Braga] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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  32. ^ "Monaco: Jardim à nouveau débarqué, Moreno pour lui succéder" [Monaco: Jardim gets the boot again, Moreno to replace him]. Le Figaro (in French). 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
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  42. ^ Leonardo Jardim coach profile at Soccerway
  43. ^ Leonardo Jardim manager stats at ForaDeJogo (archived)
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