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Manuel José de Jesus Silva ComM (born 9 April 1946), simply known as Manuel José (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐnuˈɛɫ ʒuˈzɛ]), is a Portuguese football manager.[1]

Manuel José
Personal information
Full name Manuel José de Jesus Silva
Date of birth (1946-04-09) 9 April 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1962–1964 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Benfica B
1965–1969 Benfica 1 (0)
1965–1966Sporting Covilhã (loan)
1966–1967Varzim (loan)
1967–1968Belenenses (loan)
1969–1973 União Tomar 111 (12)
1973–1976 Farense 82 (6)
1976–1977 Beira-Mar 28 (1)
1977–1979 Sporting Espinho 27 (2)
Teams managed
1978–1982 Sporting Espinho
1982–1983 Vitória Guimarães
1983–1985 Portimonense
1985–1986 Sporting CP
1987–1989 Braga
1990 Sporting CP
1990–1991 Sporting Espinho
1991–1996 Boavista
1996 Marítimo
1997 Benfica
1999–2000 União Leiria
2001–2002 Al Ahly
2002–2003 Belenenses
2003–2009 Al Ahly
2009–2010 Angola
2010 Al-Ittihad
2011–2012 Al Ahly
2012 Persepolis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Some of the teams he has coached include Vitória de Guimarães, Sporting CP, Sporting de Braga, Boavista, Benfica, Al Ahly, Belenenses, and the Angola national team.[2] He is the coach with most games in the Primeira Liga.[3]

He is regarded as one of the most successful club coaches in CAF competitions, having won the main African club tournament, the CAF Champions League, a record of four times and guiding his team to four consecutive CAF Champions League finals between 2005 and 2008, winning three of those finals. He has also won the CAF Super Cup in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009 and was the first manager to take an African team to the medal positions in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.


Coaching careerEdit

Manuel José first started to manage S.C. Espinho in 1978, where he gain promotion to the 1979–80 Primeira Liga. His first notorious management spell was at Vitória de Guimarães, which he coached during 1982 and 1983, guiding them to their first UEFA Cup after a 4th-place finish. The following season, he moved to Portimonense and in his second season there, he took the team to their highest Primeira Liga place, 5th, qualifying them to the UEFA Cup. Moving to Sporting CP in 1985, he was sacked in his second season, after a 6-game winless spree.

He is credited for discovering Luís Figo while he was working with Sporting CP, a fact that he denies.[4] Some of his most famous matches in his Sporting CP career were a 7–1 win over arch rivals Benfica, the widest win in the Derby de Lisboa, and a 9–0 away win against Íþróttabandalag Akraness, from Iceland, in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup, a record that still remains as their biggest away win in UEFA competitions.[5] He moved to Sporting de Braga where he couldn't manage to find the success he had found in his former teams. Again at Sporting CP in 1990, he was sacked that same year after being eliminated 1–2 in their home stadium, for the Taça de Portugal, to Marítimo. After failing promotion to the 1991–92 Primeira Liga, with his first club, Sporting de Espinho, he moved to Boavista where he won the Taça de Portugal in his first season, and the Supertaça in his second one, also managing to lead them to the Taça de Portugal final in the same year. After five seasons with Boavista, he signed with Marítimo in 1996, although he replaced Paulo Autuori as Benfica manager in the middle of the 1996–97 season and finished in 3rd place. Despite his bad results, he remained for the next season until a humiliating 3–1 defeat to Rio Ave lead Benfica's direction to sack him.[6]

In 1999, Manuel José signed with União de Leiria and left in April, to be replaced by José Mourinho, on his second year with seven games left to be played, while the team was on the run for their highest ever place, to sign with Egyptian giants, Al Ahly, with the main goal being to win the Egyptian Premier League. He marked his first victory with Al Ahly in a friendly game victory 1–0 over Real Madrid.[7] He accomplished the biggest win against the rivals Zamalek by 6–1 before he was sacked after failing to win the league that year, but won his first African Champions League and African Super Cup with a squad consisting mostly of promising young stars like Hossam Ghaly. He returned to Portugal to coach Belenenses in 2002, but left to sign again with Al Ahly the following year.

Since returning to Al Ahly, Manuel José helped give the team a record-breaking unbeaten run of 55 matches.[8] He also managed to qualify them for the African Champions League Final four consecutive times, in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning all but the 2007 final, the first coach to achieve such a feat and bringing his tally to four CAF Champions League titles, making him the most successful manager of the competition. Moreover, he also won the CAF Super Cup in 2006, 2007 and 2009, the Egyptian League five consecutive times, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, the Egypt Cup in 2005–06 and 2006–07 and the Egyptian Super Cup four consecutive times, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Arguably his best period in Al-Ahly was the 2005–06 season when Manuel José accomplished the African treble winning the Cup, the League and the Champions League. Other successes that season include the triumphs in the National Super Cup, the African Super Cup and managing to take an African team to their first ever podium in the Club World Cup. Al-Ahly only conceded three defeats in 2006, with two of them coming in the CAF Champions League and the other in the FIFA Club World Cup, in the first half of the 2006–07 season, meaning the team went undefeated the whole 2005–06 season, these achievements enabled José to win the CAF Coach of the Year award in 2006, becoming the first non-African to win the award while managing a club. Although reports were surfacing that he would be on the brink of taking over the Portuguese national team after Luiz Felipe Scolari's departure, the Portuguese Football Federation hired instead Carlos Queiroz.[9] Manuel José was honoured by the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with the Medal of Sport of First Class for his contributions to Ahly and Egyptian Football on December 24, 2006 and with the Ordem do Mérito in 2008, by Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva.[10] On May 13, 2009, José was officially appointed by the Angolan Football Federation as the national team's head coach with views on their participation in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, which Angola hosted. He penned a one-year contract and took over when he finished the season with Al-Ahly.[11]

Manuel José was awarded the Globos de Ouro Best Portuguese Manager award in 2009 by SIC television network, on his fourth consecutive nomination.[12] After Angola's defeat, against Ghana, in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, he apologized the entire Angolan people for their premature elimination and left his post by mutual agreement.[13][14] On 31 May 2010 Al-Ittihad officials hired the Portuguese coach and former Angola manager as their new head coach.[15] In December 2010 José resigned after eight consecutive draws that cost Ittihad their leadership of the board, this marked the first time that José didn't complete a contract for the past 10 years.[16]

On 1 January 2011, Manuel José returned to Al Ahly signing a one and half year contract.[17] Uppon his arrival to the Cairo International Airport from Portugal, he was greeted by about 3,000 Al Ahly fans.[18] He had been pointed out as a coach likely to succeed Hassan Shehata after he left the Egyptian managerial position in early June 2011.[19] However, Bob Bradley was chosen for the job. On 7 July 2011, José won his sixth Egyptian championship after recovering from a 6-point deficit to league leaders, rivals Zamalek, when his team was lying on the fourth place and finished ahead of Zamalek, the eventual runners-up, by 5 points.[20] During the Port Said Stadium disaster on 1 February 2012, he was punched and kicked but otherwise unhurt. He has stated that his relationship with the Egyptian people saved him from being killed.[21][22][23] Shortly after the clashes, Manuel José made a €47,000 donation to the Al-Ahly fund created to support the victims' families and attended the wake held in honour of the ones who had died, when he returned to Portugal he said he wanted to finish his career at the Egyptian club in remembrance of the lost souls.[24] He returned to Egypt a few days later, on 16 February.[25] He had lost against Espanyol, it was his last match with Al-Ahly, ending his career in coaching in Egypt. He had left after his contact has ended. He had held a press conference after the match stating that Al-Ahly department is trying to renew his contract but, he had refused as there is political unrest in Egypt and also for the stoppage of Football in the nation as he stated "Politics had corrupted football in Egypt" He is recognized as a football legend in Egypt by The Ultras fans either Zamlkawy or Ahlawy[26]

On 3 July 2012, Manuel José was named as Persepolis's head coach and signed a one-year contract with the club, replacing Mustafa Denizli, who resigned from his position in June 2012 due to personal reasons. On 7 December 2012, it was announced that Manuel José was no longer the team's head coach for the upcoming fixtures. On 10 December 2012, he was officially sacked by the club and was replaced by Yahya Golmohammadi.


As of 3 December 2012
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Espinho July 1978 July 1982 120 47 33 40 039.17 135 137 –2
Vitória July 1982 May 1983 30 11 10 9 036.67 35 24 +11
Portimonense June 1983 July 1985 60 24 14 22 040.00 78 78 0
Sporting CP July 1985 October 1986 40 23 10 7 057.50 91 42 +49
Braga January 1987 May 1989 48 13 22 13 027.08 54 66 –12
Sporting CP May 1990 November 1990 9 3 3 3 033.33 16 15 +1
Boavista May 1991 May 1996 170 77 45 48 045.29 236 169 +67
Marítimo May 1996 December 1996 20 7 3 10 035.00 25 20 +5
Benfica January 1997 July 1997 20 10 5 5 050.00 29 15 +14
Marítimo May 1999 December 2000 37 18 11 8 048.65 39 30 +9
Belenenses June 2002 July 2003 34 11 10 13 032.35 47 48 –1
Al-Ahly July 2003 June 2009 169 129 27 13 076.33 279 97 +182
Angola May 2009 January 2010 4 1 2 1 025.00 6 5 +1
Al-Ittihad May 2010 December 2010 15 4 10 1 026.67 28 16 +12
Al Ahly January 2011 February 2012 15 11 3 1 073.33 28 12 +16
Persepolis July 2012 December 2012 17 5 6 6 029.41 20 17 +3
Total 809 394 214 200 48.70% 1146 792 +355





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Special awardsEdit


  1. ^ "Manuel Jose set to Become Persepolis Boss". Kabir News. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Manuel José de Jesus Silva Profile". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Cajuda: "Quero ser o treinador com mais jogos em Portugal"" (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ "O Rei luso na Terra dos Faraós". (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Recordes Europeus" [European records]. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ Carlos Perdigão (2004). 100 Anos de Lenda (in Portuguese) (1 ed.). Diário de Noticias. pp. 55–56. ISBN 972-9335-52-4.
  7. ^ "'Game of the century' Real loses to Al-Ahly; allegations under investigation". CNN Sports Illustrated. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Manuel José pode sagrar-se melhor treinador" (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 9 December 2005. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Manuel José e a sucessão a Scolari: "estava tudo montado"". (in Portuguese). 18 November 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Manuel José deixa Al-Ahly no próximo ano". Público (in Portuguese). 13 April 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Manuel José é o novo seleccionador de Angola" (in Portuguese). TSF. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Manuel José vence o globo de Melhor Treinador do Ano". (in Portuguese). 17 May 2009. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  13. ^ "Manuel José pede desculpas aos angolanos pelo afastamento dos Palancas". (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Manuel José já não é seleccionador de Angola". (in Portuguese). 13 February 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Manuel José assina pelo Al-Ittihad da Arábia Saudita". Público (in Portuguese). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Manuel José fora do Al Ittihad: "Cheguei no momento errado"". (in Portuguese). 23 December 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Manuel José no Al-Ahly, pela terceira vez". (in Portuguese). 2 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Thousands welcome José at Cairo Airport". Al Ahly. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  19. ^ "Ahly coach Manuel Jose is a contender for Egypt job". BBC Sport. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  20. ^ "Manuel José. Façam-lhe lá uma pirâmide". (in Portuguese). 9 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Levei socos e pontapés mas agora estou bem" (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  22. ^ ""Levei socos, mas também recebi muitos beijos. É por isso que estou aqui", diz Manuel José". A Bola (in Portuguese). 4 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  23. ^ "Manuel José: "O povo egípcio gosta de mim e foi isso que me salvou"" (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  24. ^ "Manuel José fez doação de 47 mil euros" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  25. ^ "Egito: Manuel José já aterrou no Cairo". (in Portuguese). 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "محدث .. جوزيه: السياسة أفسدت الرياضة .. وسأكمل مشوارى مع نادي أخر" (in Portuguese). "Mohammed Yousry. 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.

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