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Manuel Fernandes
Personal information
Full name Manuel José Tavares Fernandes
Date of birth June 5, 1951 (1951-06-05) (age 58)
Place of birth    Sarilhos Pequenos, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Vitória Setúbal (coach)
Youth career
Sarilhense
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1970–1975
1975–1987
1987–1988
CUF
Sporting CP
Vitória Setúbal
132 (38)
326 (189)
28 (16)   
National team
1975–1987 Portugal 31 (7)
Teams managed
1988–1990
1990–1991
1991–1992
1992–1994
1994–1996
1996–1997
1997
1998–2001
2001
2003–2005
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–
Vitória Setúbal
Estrela Amadora
Ovarense
Sporting CP (assistant)
Campomaiorense
Tirsense
Vitória Setúbal
Santa Clara
Sporting CP
Penafiel
Aviação
União Leiria
Vitória Setúbal

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 7 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Manuel José Tavares Fernandes (born 5 June 1951 in Sarilhos Pequenos, Moita) is a former Portuguese football striker and a current coach.

One of the country's most prolific goalscorers, his playing career was mainly associated with Sporting Clube de Portugal, which he later also coached.

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Club career

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Playing

Fernandes started his career with local club Grupo Desportivo da CUF, scoring 38 times in five years. In 1975, got his first break, joining first division giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, finding the net more than 250 times in official matches, only trailing legendary Fernando Peyroteo, who scored over 500.

In 1985–86, at the ripe age of 34/35, Fernandes produced his best individual season, scoring 30 times - winning the Bola de Prata - for the eventual third-placed team, behind F.C. Porto and S.L. Benfica.

On 14 December 1986, Fernandes had arguably his finest moment as a professional, when he scored four times to help to the home demolition of Benfica, 7–1. After that season in Lisbon, he closed out his career with Vitória de Setúbal, adding a further 16 goals to his tally, and retiring at 37. During his last campaign, he notably scored against Sporting in a 2–1 home win, mere minutes after kick-off, and the Sadinos finished in a comfortable 7th place.

Manager

Fernandes began his coaching career with Setúbal in 1988, and stayed with the club a further year (it would be the club with which he would have the most spells). Then, he went on to manage several clubs: C.F. Estrela da Amadora, A.D. Ovarense, S.C. Campomaiorense, F.C. Tirsense, C.D. Santa Clara, F.C. Penafiel and Atlético Sport Aviação - the Azores team would be the first from the region to play in the topflight.

With Sporting, Fernandes had already served as an assistant, to England's Bobby Robson, leaving the club after the head coach was sacked. In 2001, he had a short spell as head manager for the Lions, winning the domestic Supercup before leaving his post later in the year.

In October 2009, after a successful second division promotion with União de Leiria, and having already started the following first division campaign, Fernandes bought out his contract and returned to struggling Setúbal, for a third stint.[1]

International career

For Portugal, Fernandes played 31 times scoring seven goals. Even though he had that stellar campaign with Sporting in 1985–86, he was excluded from the squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which was marred by the Saltillo Affair.

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