Júnior Lopes

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Júnior Lopes
Personal information
Full name Antônio Lopes dos Santos Júnior
Date of birth (1973-11-22) 22 November 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Club information
Current team
Teams managed
Years Team
2002 Bangu
2004 Olaria
2005 Coritiba (interim)
2008 Iraty
2008 CSA
2013 Duque de Caxias
2014 Audax Rio
2014 Macaé
2014–2015 Tombense
2015 Portuguesa
2016 Tupi

Antônio Lopes dos Santos Júnior (born 22 November 1973), known as Júnior Lopes, is a Brazilian football manager, currently in charge of Tupi.


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Lopes began his career with Botafogo, being an assistant of the club's youth setup, in 1996. In 1998 he moved to cross-town rivals Vasco da Gama, under the same role.

In 2000 Lopes and his father joined the Brazil national team, with him being appointed assistant of the under-17s. He had his first managerial position with Bangu in 2002, after previously being the club's assistant and youth coach.

After another spell at Vasco, Lopes was appointed Olaria manager in 2004. Only months later he moved to Coritiba, being the his father's assistant. After the latter's dimissal he was named interim manager, but was sacked on 27 October 2005.[1]

After another spells as an assistant at Fluminense, Goiás, Asteras Tripoli and Atlético Paranaense,[2] Lopes was named Iraty manager in 2008. On 31 May 2008, however, he was appointed at the helm of CSA.[3]

After another assistant roles at Palmeiras, Atlético Paranaense and Avaí, Lopes was appointed as Vanderlei Luxemburgo's second at Flamengo. On 28 January 2013, after a spell at Grêmio, he was named Duque de Caxias manager.[4]

Lopes resigned on 22 February, after altercations with the board,[5] and joined Luxemburgo's staff at Fluminense.[6] On 12 February 2014 he was appointed manager of Audax Rio.[7] After failing to avoid relegation he left the club, and was named at the helm of Macaé on 6 April.[8]

On 25 November 2014 Lopes was appointed at Tombense.[9] After taking the club to the semifinals of Campeonato Mineiro, he was named the new manager of Portuguesa on 21 April 2015.[10]

Personal life

Lopes' father, Antônio Lopes, is also a football manager.[11]


  1. Coritiba troca de treinador interino (Coritiba changes interim manager); Clic RBS, 27 October 2005 (Portuguese)
  2. Junior Lopes analisa início de trabalho (Junior Lopes analyzes early work); Atlético Paranaense's official website, 15 June 2007 (Portuguese)
  3. Júnior Lopes é o novo técnico do CSA (Júnior Lopes is the new manager of CSA); TNH 1, 31 May 2008 (Portuguese)
  4. Júnior Lopes é o novo treinador do Duque de Caxias (Júnior Lopes is the new manager of Duque de Caxias); FutRio, 28 January 2013 (Portuguese)
  5. Júnior Lopes pede demissão do Duque após um mês no comando (Júnior Lopes resigns from Duque after a month in charge); Globo Esporte, 22 February 2013 (Portuguese)
  6. Por Luxa, Júnior Lopes comanda Fluminense contra o Vasco (For Luxa, Júnior Lopes takes charge of Fluminense against Vasco); Lance!, 9 October 2013 (Portuguese)
  7. Audax-RJ demite Válber e já anuncia novo técnico: Lopes Júnior (Audax-RJ dimisses Válber and already announces new manager: Lopes Júnior); Lance!, 12 February 2014 (Portuguese)
  8. Júnior Lopes é o novo técnico do Macaé (Júnior Lopes is the new manager of Macaé); Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 6 April 2014 (Portuguese)
  9. Junior Lopes é o novo técnico do Tombense (Junior Lopes is the new manager of Tombense); Tombense's official website, 25 November 2014 (Portuguese)
  10. Portuguesa contrata Júnior Lopes, técnico que levou o Tombense até a semifinal do Mineiro (Portuguesa signs Júnior Lopes, manager who brought Tombense to the semifinal of Mineiro); Futebol Interior, 21 April 2015 (Portuguese)
  11. "Portuguesa confirma acerto com novo técnico, filho de Antônio Lopes" (in português). ESPN Brasil. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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