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Jesualdo Ferreira
Personal information
Full name Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira
Date of birth May 24, 1946 (1946-05-24) (age 63)
Place of birth    Mirandela, Portugal
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Porto (manager)
Teams managed
Rio Maior
Estrela da Amadora
FAR Rabat
Portugal U-21

* Appearances (Goals)

Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira (born 24 May 1946) is a Portuguese football manager currently managing FC Porto of the Portuguese Liga.


Coaching career


Early career

In Ferreira's early career, he managed Rio Maior and Torreense. Ferreira was the assistant manager for the Portuguese national team in the 1990s, and manager for the under-21 national team, until the 1999–00 season.

Académica de Coimbra

In 1984–85, Ferreira took over at Académica de Coimbra and the club finished the season in seventh place. He also coached Estrela da Amadora, but the club was relegated to Liga de Honra in the 1990–91 season. Ferreira became famous when he took over at the Portuguese under-21 national team, coaching skilled players, such as future senior squad star Maniche.

Alverca and Benfica

Ferreira arrived at Alverca in 2000–01, where he took the team to 12th place in the Liga. With good results, Ferreira then left for Benfica for the 2001–02 season. After a poor string of results, he was fired by Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira after a losing a cup match at home to third division side Gondomar. He was replaced by the Spanish José Antonio Camacho as manager of as Águias.


On 19 April 2003, Sporting Clube de Braga called Ferreira to manage the team. He led the team to beating Nacional 4–1. In the seasons of 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06, Braga made fantastic League runs, and with players like João Tomás and Wender, they fought for the title in 2004–05. Braga reached fifth place (2003–04) and twice in fourth place (2004–05 and 2005–06).


Boavista signed Ferreira after his tenure with Braga ended, but suddenly FC Porto and team president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa offered him a contract, and he nullified the Boavista contract and joined Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on 18 August 2006, after the Portuguese SuperCup final.

Ferreira worked with such stars as Ricardo Quaresma, Anderson, Pepe, Ernesto Farías, Lucho González, Raul Meireles, Paulo Assunção, José Bosingwa, and Lisandro López. The team won the championship in 2007 and 2008. Later on, in 2009, os Dragões again finished first in the Liga and excelled in the UEFA Champions League campaign, having qualified to the quarter-finals and finishing in a 2–2 away draw in the first leg against 2008 Champions League holders Manchester United, having lost later 1–0 at the Estádio do Dragão.

Curiously, Ferreira and former legendary Porto manager José Mourinho crossed paths in the 1980s, when the current Internazionale coach was a student at the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education and Ferreira was a teacher there. In 2002, when he was briefly the Benfica manager, Mourinho refused to accept the appointment of Ferreira as his assistant, and in February 2005, Mourinho had a swipe at Ferreira in his weekly column for the Portuguese sports magazine Record.

Comparing himself with Ferreira, Mourinho wrote,

"One is a coach with a 30-year career, the other with a three-year one. The one with 30 years has never won anything; the one with three years has won a lot. The one who has coached for 30 years has an enormous career; the one with three years has a small career. The one with a 30-year career will be forgotten when he ends it; the one with three could end it right now and he could never be erased from history. This could be the story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse."

Despite these claims by Mourinho, Ferreira, in fact, made history by becoming the first Portuguese coach to win three consecutive titles in Portugal, a feat that Mourinho never achieved.[1] Ferreira went even further, winning his fourth straight title in 2008–09. Mourinho also was Ferreira's assistant in 1990–91, for Estrela da Amadora.

Another Porto coach, José Couceiro, worked with Ferreira many times. Firstly, Ferreira was a coach in Atlético Clube de Portugal, and Couceiro was a player there. Couceiro moved to Torreense, with Ferreira as coach. And finally, in 1991–92, Couceiro joined Estrela da Amadora, again with Ferreira as coach.

On 2 June 2009, the Porto coach renewed his contract until June 2011.[2]

Managerial honours



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