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Ulisses Manuel Nogueira Morais (born 22 November 1959) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a forward, and is a manager.

Ulisses Morais
Personal information
Full name Ulisses Manuel Nogueira Morais
Date of birth (1959-11-22) 22 November 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth Almoster, Portugal
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1976–1977 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 União Montemor
1978–1979 Covilhã
1979–1980 Bragança 17 (2)
1980–1981 Mogadourense
1981–1982 Guarda 22 (2)
1982–1983 União Tomar
1983–1986 Benfica Castelo Branco
1986–1987 Ermesinde
1987–1988 O Elvas 3 (0)
1988–1989 Varzim 7 (0)
1989–1990 Peniche 33 (1)
1990–1992 Mirense 69 (0)
1992–1993 Leiria Marrazes
1993–1995 Covilhã 29 (0)
Teams managed
1995–1997 Naval
1997–2000 Dragões Sandinenses
2000–2001 Machico
2001–2004 Estoril
2004–2006 Gil Vicente
2006 Marítimo
2007–2009 Naval
2009–2010 Paços Ferreira
2011 Académica
2012–2013 Beira-Mar
2015–2016 Aves
2016 Famalicão
2017–2018 Johor Darul Ta'zim
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in the village of Almoster, Santarém, Morais played for 18 years as a senior but only eight at the professional level. He represented S.C. Covilhã, GD Bragança, U.D. Guarda, Sport Benfica e Castelo Branco, Varzim S.C. and G.D. Peniche in the second division, and O Elvas C.A.D. in the Primeira Liga.

With the latter club, Morais appeared in three games in the 1987–88 season as they finished in 15th position out of 20 teams but still suffered relegation.[1] He retired in late 1995, at the age of 36.

Coaching careerEdit

Morais started working as a manager immediately after retiring, his first eight years being spent in the third level or lower. From 2002 to 2004, he led G.D. Estoril Praia to two consecutive promotions all the way to the top flight;[2][3] after the latter conquest, he completed his UEFA coaching degree, level III.[4]

From there onwards, Morais coached solely in the first division, with Gil Vicente FC, C.S. Marítimo, Associação Naval 1º de Maio, F.C. Paços de Ferreira, Académica de Coimbra and S.C. Beira-Mar.[5] He was dismissed by the third on 7 September 2009 due to poor results,[6] and only suffered relegation with the first due to irregularities, as he led Gil to the 12th place in the 2005–06 campaign.[7]


  1. ^ "Época 1987/88: Primeira Divisão" [1987/88 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Ulisses Morais: "Têm atitude diferente"" [Ulisses Morais: "They have a different attitude"]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 July 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Estoril-Salgueiros, 2–1: Título foi doce após o frango" [Estoril-Salgueiros, 2–1: Title was sweet after blunder]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 May 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Ulisses elogia curso da UEFA" [Ulisses compliments UEFA course]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 July 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Ulisses Morais: «Mexendo na atitude, encontrámos a sorte»" [Ulisses Morais: «By adjusting the attitude, we found luck»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Ulisses Morais sacked by Naval". PortuGOAL. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Dia D em Barcelos com Alves à espera" [D Day in Barcelos with Alves waiting]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 28 September 2006. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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