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Jorge Jesus
Personal information
Full name Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus
Date of birth 24 July 1954 (1954-07-24) (age 55)
Place of birth Amadora, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Benfica (manager)
Youth career
1970–1971 Estrela da Amadora
1971–1973 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 → Peniche (loan)
1974–1975 Olhanense (loan) 29 (5)
1975–1976 Sporting CP 12 (1)
1976–1977 Belenenses 12
1977–1978 Riopele
1978–1979 Juventude de Évora
1979–1980 União de Leiria
1980–1983 Vitória de Setúbal 15 (1)
1983–1985 Farense
1985–1987 Estrela da Amadora
1987–1988 Benfica Castelo Branco
1988–1989 Almancilense
Teams managed
1989–1993 Amora
1993–1998 Felgueiras
1998–2000 Estrela da Amadora
2000–2002 Vitória de Setúbal
2002–2003 Estrela da Amadora
2003–2004 Vitória de Guimarães
2004–2005 Moreirense
2005–2006 União de Leiria
2006–2008 Belenenses
2008–2009 Braga
2009– Benfica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus (born 24 July 1954) is a Portuguese football manager currently managing Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

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Coaching career

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Pre-Benfica

Jesus started his career as a manager, in 1989, taking Terceira Divisião club Amora. In 1993, he moved to Felgueiras, and in the 1994–95 season, he led the team to promotion to the Portuguese Liga. When he left Felgueiras, he took Estrela da Amadora in 1999–00, and he helped the team to an eighth place finish in the Superliga.

He then celebrated promotions to the top division with Vitória de Setúbal and Estrela da Amadora. In 2003–04, Vitória de Guimarães called him, and he led the team to avoid relegation, being two points ahead of Alverca.

He then coached Moreirense from April to May 2005. The team was unable to survive, however, and was relegated. For União de Leiria, Jesus was a bit more successful, and the team finished seventh in the 2005–06 season. With Os Belenenses, Jesus managed a young team and celebrated a fifth place finish in the 2006–07 season, enough for qualification to the UEFA Cup.

That same season, Belenenses reached the Portuguese Cup final, losing 1–0 to Sporting Clube de Portugal, with a goal by Liédson in the 88th minute. The previous season, 2007–08, Belenenses was punished losing three points because in a home match against Nava 1º de Maio, the team used Albert Meyong illegally. Belenenses subsequently lost the qualification to next season's UEFA Cup.

On 20 May 2008, one day after he left Belenenses, Jesus took over at Sporting Clube de Braga. The team played fantastic football in the the league and in the UEFA Cup. They managed to impress in the given competition, beating Portsmouth three goals to none and being the better team against Milan at the San Siro. The eventually managed to finish fifth in the Portuguese Liga 2008–09 and were eliminated in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Cup by Paris Saint-Germain of France.

Benfica

Pre-season

On 16 June 2009, Sport Lisboa e Benfica made it official that Jesus would replace former manager Quique Sánchez Flores.

On 12 July, he guided Benfica to a 2–2 tie against Sion in its first of ten pre-season friendlies of the 2009–10 season, with Óscar Cardozo and Javier Saviola scoring the goals. On July 2009, in their second friendly, they beat defending UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk 2–0 with goals coming from Cardozo and Carlos Martins. On 16 July, in their third of ten friendlies, Benfica beat Atletico Bilbao 2–1 with Javier Saviola scoring two second-half goals.

On 18 July, in their fourth friendly, they beat Olhanense 2–1 with a 74th minute highlight goal from Cardozo and an injury time goal by Miguel Vítor. On 21 July, in their fifth friendly, they lost to Atlético Madrid 2–1, with the only goal coming from Cardozo. The game was played in front of 58,000 fans at the Estádio da Luz, as this was the presentation game and the first game Simão, a beloved former captain of Benfica, played against them in an Atlético uniform. On 24 July, in their sixth friendly, they beat Sunderland 2–0 with goals coming from Cardozo and Maxi Pereira.

On 26 July, in their seventh friendly, Benfica won the Amsterdam Tournament 2009 against Ajax 3–2, with an own goal from Aissati and goals from Ángel Di María and David Luiz. On 1 August 2009, in their eighth friendly, they beat Portsmouth 4–0, with Cardozo scoring two first-half goals and Weldon scoring a second-half goal. An own goal from Wilkinson late in the second half resulted in Benfica's fourth goal of the match.

On 2 August, in their ninth friendly, Benfica won the Guimarães Tournament against Vitória de Guimarães 2–0, with goals coming from Weldon and Ruben Amorim. On 8 August, their final friendly, Benfica won the Eusébio Cup on penalty kicks against Milan. At the end of full-time, the match was tied 1–1 with Benfica's goal coming from Cardozo in the second half and Milan's from Alexandre Pato. During the penalty kick shoot-out, goalkeeper Quim saved a total of four penalties, which gave the match to Benfica and kept the Eusébio Cup in Lisbon for the first time. Benfica ended the 2009–10 preseason with a record of eight wins, one draw, and one loss in ten games.

Regular season

On 16 August, the league started for Benfica with a 1–1 home draw against Marítimo. Although Jesus' team had many chances to easily win the game, Marítimo goalkeeper Peçanha stole the show, with the lone goal against him came from Weldon in the 87th minute. On 23 August, in the second league game, Benfica won 1–0 on the road against Vitória de Guimarães with the lone goal coming from a Ramires's header in the 89th minute. On 31 August, the third league game, Benfica crushed Vitória de Setúbal with a devastating 8–1 victory. Óscar Cardozo scored three goals and the other goals were scored by Pablo Aimar, Ramires, Luisão, Javi García, and Nuno Gomes. On 13 September, in their fourth league game, Benfica put Belenenses to shame with a 4–0 loss in their own home with goals coming from Javier Saviola, Óscar Cardozo, Javi García, and Ramires.

On 5 October, Jesus achieved his 100th victory in the Portuguese League in a game in which Benfica won 31 against Paços de Ferreira with goals scored by David Luiz, Carlos Martins and Cardozo. His first ever victory was on 27 August 1995. After more than 14 years, he managed to achieve this goal.

On 22 October, Benfica made history by winning 5–0 against Everton, a game that was part of the UEFA Europa League. That was followed by a 6–1 thrashing of Nacional in the Liga. After a seven game winningg streak, Jesus reached first place of the Liga table for the first time ever in his career. On October 31, he suffered his first loss in the 2009–10 Portuguese Liga to his former team Sporting Clube de Braga 2–0. On 22 November, Benfica lost 1–0 at home to Vitória de Guimarães, thus eliminating them from the Portuguese Cup.

On 28 November, Jesus participated in his first Derby de Lisboa match against Sporting Clube de Portugal. The game ended in a scoreless draw. On 2 December, Benfica clinched Group I of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League with a 2–1 away victory vs BATE, with goals coming from Javier Saviola and Fábio Coentrão. On 20 December, Benfica beat their arch-rivals FC Porto 1–0 with a dubious goal coming from Saviola.

Managerial honours

Amora
  • Portuguese Second Division "Zona Sul": 1991–92
Belenenses
Braga

Managerial statistics

Correct as of 8 March 2010.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Vitória de Setúbal Portugal 4 October 2000 May 2001 30 18 5 7 60 58 40 +18
Moreirense Portugal April 2005 2005 7 2 3 2 28.57 9 7 +2
União de Leiria Portugal October 2005 2006 30 13 6 11 43.33 43 34 +9
Belenenses Portugal 2006 19 May 2008 75 33 15 27 44 94 78 +16
Braga Portugal 20 May 2008 16 June 2009 53 27 14 12 51.92 77 35 +42
Benfica Portugal 17 June 2009 Present 50 37 8 5 74 121 33 +88

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