Octávio Joaquim Coelho Machado (born 6 May 1949) is a retired Portuguese football defensive midfielder and coach.

Octávio Machado
Personal information
Full name Octávio Joaquim Coelho Machado
Date of birth (1949-05-06) 6 May 1949 (age 70)
Place of birth Palmela, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1963–1968 Palmelense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1975 Vitória Setúbal 146 (16)
1975–1980 Porto 84 (8)
1980–1983 Vitória Setúbal 77 (1)
Total 307 (25)
National team
1971–1977 Portugal 19 (1)
Teams managed
1983–1984 Salgueiros
1984–1992 Porto (assistant)
1996–1997 Sporting CP
2001–2002 Porto
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Palmela, Setúbal District, Machado was a leading player for Vitória de Setúbal and FC Porto during the 1970s, winning two Primeira Liga titles with the latter even though he missed the entire 1978–79 due to injury. Over the course of 15 top division seasons, he amassed totals of 307 games and 25 goals; with the latter side, he was also involved in an internal dispute which resulted in the departure of 15 players, along with manager José Maria Pedroto and director of football Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.[1]

After retiring at the age of 35 with his first club, Machado went on to become an assistant manager to Artur Jorge, joining his Porto staff in the 1984–85 campaign. There, he won two leagues in a row and the 1987 European Cup, remaining alongside Jorge into the 1990s when he finally became a head coach, managing both Porto and Sporting Clube de Portugal.

International careerEdit

Machado earned 19 caps for the Portugal national team, scoring once. His first appearance was on 21 November 1971, a 1–1 against Belgium for the UEFA Euro 1972 qualifiers.

Machado's last international was against Poland on 29 October 1977 in the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, a 1–1 draw.

Octávio Machado: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 1977 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 1–4 2–4 1978 World Cup qualification


After his long experience in professional football, Machado started a private business activity in agriculture, and was involved in local politics in his hometown of Palmela.[2]





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