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Manuel José de Jesus

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Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Football manager
1962–1964  Benfica Juniors
Position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Awards  CAF Coach of the Year
Name  Manuel de

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Full name  Manuel Jose de Jesus Silva
Date of birth  (1946-04-09) 9 April 1946 (age 69)
Place of birth  Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Teams coached  Persepolis F.C. (Head coach, 2012–2012), Al Ahly SC (Head coach, 2003–2009)
Similar People  Mahmoud Taher, Hossam El‑Badry, Juan Carlos Garrido, Fathi Mabrouk, Ali Karimi

Manuel José de Jesus Silva, , known simply as Manuel José ([mɐnuˈɛɫ ʒuˈzɛ]; born 9 April 1946), is a Portuguese football manager, who most recently managed Persepolis F.C. in Iran Pro League.


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Some of the teams he has coached include Vitória de Guimarães, Sporting CP, Sporting de Braga, Boavista, Benfica, Al-Ahly, Belenenses, Angola, amongst others, being the coach with most games in the Primeira Liga.

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 career

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. 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. 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, Manuel José 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.

In 1999 he 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. 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, he has helped give the team a record-breaking unbeaten run of 55 matches. 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. In addition to this, Manuel José 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 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 Manuel José 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. 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. On May 13, 2009, José was officially appointed by the Angolan Football Federation (FAF) 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.

José was awarded the Globos de Ouro Best Portuguese Manager award in 2009 by SIC television network, on his fourth consecutive nomination. 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. On 31 May 2010 Al-Ittihad officials hired the Portuguese coach and former Angola manager as their new head coach. 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.

On 1 January 2011 he returned to Al Ahly signing a one and half year contract. Uppon his arrival to the Cairo International Airport from Portugal, he was greeted by about 3000 Al Ahly fans. Manuel José had been pointed out as a coach likely to succeed Hassan Shehata after he left the Egyptian managerial position in early June 2011, 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. During the Port Said Stadium disaster on February 1, 2012, he was punched and kicked but otherwise unhurt, he has stated that his relationship with the Egyptian people saved him from being killed. Shortly after the clashes, 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. He returned to Egypt a few days later, on 16 February. Manuel Jose had lost against Espanyol, it was his last match with El- 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 El- 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

On 3 July 2012, he was named as Persepolis's head coach and signs a one-year contract with the club. Manuel Jose replaced Mustafa Denizli who resigned as Persepolis head coach on June 2012 due to personal reasons. On 7 December 2012, It was announced that Manuel is 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


  • Primeira Liga: 1968–69
  • Managerial

    Sporting de Espinho
  • Segunda Divisão Portuguesa – Série Norte: 1978–79
  • Boavista
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1992
  • Taça de Portugal: 1991–92
  • Al-Ahly
  • Egyptian Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
  • Egypt Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Egyptian Super Cup: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • CAF Champions League: 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • CAF Super Cup: 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • FIFA Club World Cup: Third place 2006
  • Individual

  • Globos de Ouro Best Portuguese Manager: 2009
  • CAF Coach of the Year: 2006
  • Special awards

  • Medal of Sport of First Class, by the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
  • Comendador da Ordem do Mérito, by the Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
  • References

    Manuel José de Jesus Wikipedia

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