Artur Jorge (footballer)

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Artur Jorge
Personal information
Full name Artur Jorge Braga de Melo Teixeira
Date of birth (1946-02-13) 13 February 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
MC Alger (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Porto 4 (1)
1965–1969 Académica 96 (72)
1969–1975 Benfica 130 (105)
1975–1978 Belenenses 51 (14)
1977 Rochester Lancers (loan) 7 (2[1])
National team
1967–1977 Portugal 16 (1)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Vitória de Guimarães
1981 Belenenses
1981–1983 Portimonense
1984–1987 Porto
1987–1989 Racing Paris
1989–1991 Porto
1991–1994 Paris Saint-Germain
1994–1995 Benfica
1995–1996 Switzerland
1996–1997 Portugal
1997–1998 Tenerife
1998 Vitesse
1998–1999 Paris Saint-Germain
2000–2001 Al-Nassr
2001–2002 Al-Hilal
2002–2003 Académica
2003–2004 CSKA Moscow
2004–2006 Cameroon
2006 Al-Nassr
2006–2007 Créteil
2014– MC Alger

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

† Appearances (goals)

Artur Jorge Braga Melo Teixeira (born 13 February 1946), commonly known as Artur Jorge, is a Portuguese football manager and former player.

Club career

As a junior player, he started at the junior team of FC Porto. As professional player, he played for Académica de Coimbra and Benfica, before ending his career in Belenenses, in the 1977–78 season, due to a serious injury. During his player days in Coimbra, Jorge was a student at the Faculty of Literature of the University of Coimbra, graduating in Germanic Philology from the University of Lisbon in 1975, after his transfer to S.L. Benfica. During his career as a player, he won four Portuguese Football Championships, two Portuguese Football Cups, and two silver boots, the prize for best goalscorer. He underwent knee surgery five times during his career,[citation needed] this is attributed as one of the causes of his declining abilities at the end of the career.[citation needed] His career would ultimately come to an end as the result of a training ground accident at the Estádio Nacional, where he broke his leg.[citation needed]

International career

Despite having been one of the top scorers at Benfica during his time there, the concurrence of other great forwards, such as Eusébio, Rui Jordão, and Nené, explain why he had only 16 caps for the Portuguese national team, earning two caps at Académica de Coimbra, 13 at Benfica, and one while playing for Belenenses, scoring only one goal during his international career. His debut, on 27 March 1967, was a 1–1 draw with Italy, in a friendly match, in Rome. His last game was on 30 March 1977, which resulted in a 1–0 win over Switzerland, in another friendly match, this time in Funchal, Madeira. He was a member of the squad that reached the Brazil Independence Cup final, in 1972, the highest point of his international career.

Artur Jorge: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 1972 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 3–0 4–0 1974 World Cup qualification

Managerial career

After his player career, he went to Leipzig, East Germany to study football and training methodology. He started his managerial career working with Vitória de Guimarães,[2] moving on to Belenenses,[3] Portimonense and then signing with FC Porto for the 1984–85 season, where he won three national champion titles and two Cups of Portugal. His greatest success was to win the European Cup with Porto over favourites Bayern Munich 2–1. Jorge is known since then as Rei Artur (King Artur). He moved to Racing Paris the next season,[4] and returned to Porto in 1989–90. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1991–92, where he won the national championship in 1993–94.[5]

He moved to Benfica in 1994–95, finishing third with his team, and was replaced at the beginning of the following season. Since then, he has been coach of several other clubs – Académica de Coimbra, Vitesse, Tenerife, CSKA Moscow, and the Portuguese national team, first, still as Porto coach, for 1989–90 and 1990–91, later for the 1996–97 seasons, Switzerland,[6] and since 2004, Cameroon.[7][8] He failed to lead his team to the 2006 World Cup. He managed Saudi club Al-Nasr for only two cup matches and was sacked following a 4–1 defeat by lowly club Al-Faisaly. Jorge managed French second division team Créteil in 2006–07.[9]

On 27 November 2014, he joined Algerian club MC Alger, and ended a seven-year period without coaching.[10]







Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Emerich Jenei
European Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Guus Hiddink