António José Conceição Oliveira

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Toni with Al-Ittihad
Personal information
Full name António José da Conceição Oliveira
Date of birth (1946-10-14) 14 October 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Mogofores, Anadia, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1963–1965 Anadia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Académica de Coimbra
1968–1981 Benfica 391 (23)
1977 Quicksilvers (loan)
National team
1969–1978 Portugal 33 (1)
Teams managed
1982–1987 Benfica (Assistant)
1987–1989 Benfica
1992–1994 Benfica
1994–1995 Bordeaux
1995–1996 Sevilla
2000–2002 Benfica
2002–2003 Shenyang Jinde
2003 Al-Ahly
2007–2008 Al-Ittifaq
2008–2009 Al-Sharjah
2010–2011 Al-Ittihad
2012–2015 Tractor Sazi

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

António José da Conceição Oliveira (born 14 October 1946), known as Toni (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtɔni]), is a former Portuguese footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current coach.

Playing career

He started playing football at an early age for Salesianos de Mogofores (in Anadia municipality), then he went to Anadia, a bigger team, and when he was 17 years old he joined Académica de Coimbra (Académica) for the hand of Mário Wilson who was Académica's manager at the time. In Coimbra he made part of the team which achieved the final of Portuguese Football Cup in 1967, losing the match for Vitória de Setúbal after an extra-time. On 9 June 1968 he signed for Benfica, for a transfer fee of 1,305,000 PTE (about 6,500 euros today without inflation). There he became one of the most renowned players of Benfica's history. Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1972.

He had 33 caps for Portugal national football team, from 12 October 1969, in a 0–1 defeat with Romania, during the World Cup qualifying rounds, to 8 March 1978, in a 0–2 defeat with France, in a friendly match.

He also played at the Independence Brazil Cup in 1972, were Portugal lost the final to Brazil. He finished his career in Benfica, in 1980–81.

Toni: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 November 1977 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Cyprus 1–0 4–0 1978 World Cup qualification

Managerial career

After he retired from playing football, he entered a coaching career and was named as Benfica's assistant manager in 1982 which was assistant to managers Sven-Göran Eriksson, Pál Csernai, John Mortimore and Ebbe Skovdahl. He was promoted as the club's head coach at the middle of the 1987–88 season and led the club to second place in the league and the final match of European Championship held in Stuttgart which lost 6–5 to PSV Eindhoven in penalties. He also defeated in cup final against Belenenses this season. At the next season, he was led the club to their record of 28th league championship. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season and was replaced by Sven-Göran Eriksson. After Tomislav Ivić's resignation in 1992, he was appointed for a second spell as the club's manager, led the team to the second place and won the Taça de Portugal at the same year. He also led the team to the 29th league championship, 2nd under him in 1993–94. After two successful seasons in Benfica, he left the club to become head coach of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, led the club to the UEFA Intertoto Cup but resigned after poor results in league. He was also head coach of Sevilla in La Liga during 1995–96 season which ended in 11th place. He was also Carlos Queiroz's assistant in United Arab Emirates national football team in 1999. In 2000, he was returned to Benfica for a third and unsuccessful spell which end the first season in 6th place and was dismissed after seven weeks in the following season. Then, he was appointed as head coach of Shenyang Jinde in Chinese Super League. He also managed Al-Ahly in Egyptian Premier League for a half season and won the Egyptian Super Cup with the team. In 2007, he was named as Al-Ittifaq's new head coach and spent one season at the club. He led the team to 4th place and left the team to UAE Pro-League Sharjah for the next season but was sacked after bad results. He was analyzer of the Côte d'Ivoire national football team during 2010 FIFA World Cup. Then, he was Al-Ittihad's head coach and led the team as Group C's winner in AFC Champions League and left the team at the last match. On 9 June 2012, he signed a two-years contract with Iran Pro League side Tractor Sazi to lead the team in the upcoming season which club reached to ACL for the first time in their history.[1] The best win of Tractor Sazi in Iran Pro League, a 5–0 win over Gahar Zagros happened under Oliveira's management. In addition, he imposed a 4–1 win over Sepahan, the heaviest loss for Sepahan in its history, but he could not qualifying his side to the knockout stage of 2013 ACL. After that, it was announced that his contract would be terminated at the end of the season.[2] However, Toni returned to Tractor Sazi as manager on 28 January 2014 with signing a contract with Tractor Sazi's new management. In the first match after his return as Tractor Sazi manager, his side defeated Foolad to qualify for the final match of Hazfi Cup. In the final, Tractor Sazi defeated Mes Kerman to win the title. It was club's first major trophy since 1970. At the end of the season, Toni and Tractor Sazi parted away with each other.[citation needed]

On 12 February 2015, Toni returned to Tractor Sazi for a third consecutive season on a one-and-a-half-year contract. Toni quit Tractor Sazi on 8 December 2015.[3][4]


As of 30 November 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Benfica November 1987 June 1989 87 52 24 11 59.77
Benfica October 1992 July 1994 86 57 20 9 66.28
Bordeaux July 1994 May 1995 34 16 7 11 47.06
Sevilla June 1995 July 1996 52 15 18 19 28.85
Benfica July 2000 May 2002 43 17 16 10 39.53
Shenyang Jinde May 2002 May 2003 31 11 8 12 35.48
Al-Ahly July 2003 September 2003 8 3 2 3 37.50
Al-Ittifaq June 2007 June 2008 28 13 7 8 46.43
Sharjah June 2008 September 2009 26 8 3 15 30.77
Al-Ittihad August 2010 June 2011 23 12 8 3 52.17
Tractor Sazi June 2012 May 2013 42 20 13 9 47.62
Tractor Sazi January 2014 June 2014 14 6 2 6 42.86
Tractor Sazi February 2015 December 2015 32 16 9 7 50.00


Playing honours




Managerial honours


Tractor Sazi


  • IFCA Manager of the Month: February 2015


  1. Official: Toni becomes new Tractor head coach. Retrieved on 2014-01-30. (Persian)
  2. Tractor Sazi fires coach Oliveira. (3 May 2013). Retrieved on 2014-01-30.
  3. Gonçalves, Álvaro (12 February 2015). "Toni de volta ao Tractor" [Toni back to Tractor]. (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 February 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Tasnim News Agency - Toni Oliveira Quits Iran's Tractor Sazi Job". Tasnim News Agency. Retrieved 2015-12-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

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Preceded by
Portugal Manuel José
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
Succeeded by
England Bobby Robson