Valentim Loureiro

Valentim dos Santos de Loureiro ComM (born 24 December 1938 in Calde, Viseu) is a Portuguese politician, and former football chairman of Boavista F.C. and Portuguese League for Professional Football. He has the rank of Major of the Portuguese Army. He was involved in the Apito Dourado corruption sports scandal.


Valentim Loureiro

Valentim Loureiro by Henrique Matos 01.jpg
Mayor of Gondomar
In office
12 December 1993 – 23 October 2013
DeputyJosé Luís Oliveira
Succeeded byMarco Martins
Chairman of Porto Metro
In office
Preceded byJosé Vieira de Carvalho
Succeeded byManuel de Oliveira Marques
President of the Portuguese Professional Football League
In office
23 December 1996 – 2 October 2006
Preceded byPinto da Costa
Succeeded byHermínio Loureiro
In office
14 April 1989 – 28 October 1994
Preceded byJoão Aranha
Succeeded byManuel Damásio
President of Boavista F.C.
In office
Preceded byEduardo Taveira da Mota
Succeeded byJoão Loureiro
Personal details
Born (1938-12-24) 24 December 1938 (age 82)
Calde, Portugal
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Social Democratic Party (1974–2005)
Alma materPortuguese Military Academy
ProfessionArmy officer
AwardsCommander of the Order of Merit
Military service
Branch/servicePortuguese Army
Years of service1959–1967
Battles/warsColonial War

He was mayor of Gondomar municipality in northern Portugal (elected as an independent, after his Social Democratic Party (PSD) withdrew its support due to ongoing legal suits against him), President of the Portuguese League for Professional Football, chairman of Boavista F.C., and father of his successor, João Loureiro who held the office from 1997 to 2007. He was also a consul of Guinea-Bissau (at the time, arguably known as a narco state)[1] in Porto, leader of the PSD party in the Porto district, and chairman in Porto Metro state-owned mass transit company. Indeed, he is famous in Portugal for the multiplicity of offices he holds at any one time.

Valentim Loureiro briefly attended the Law School of the University of Coimbra before embracing a military career.[1]

Apito Dourado scandalEdit

Valentim Loureiro was investigated by the police and formally accused in the Apito Dourado scandal.[2][3] In July 2008 he was found guilty of abuse of power but not guilty of corruption and sentenced to three years, two months of suspended jail time.[4]


  1. ^ (in Portuguese) Valentim Loureiro, Os Famosos
  2. ^ Portugal football bosses arrested, BBC News, 20 April 2004. Retrieved December 2006
  3. ^ Police hold 16 in Portuguese probe,, 20 April 2004. Retrieved December 2006
  4. ^ Valentim condenado a três anos e dois meses de prisão com pena suspensa por abuso de poder Archived 26 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, TSF Online, 18 July 2008. Retrieved July 2008 (in Portuguese)