Jesualdo Ferreira

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Jesualdo Ferreira
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Personal information
Full name Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira
Date of birth (1946-05-24) 24 May 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Mirandela, Portugal
Club information
Current team
Al Sadd (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1981–1982 Rio Maior
1982–1984 Torreense
1984–1985 Académica
1984–1986 Atlético
1986–1990 Torreense
1990–1992 Estrela da Amadora
1995–1996 FAR Rabat
1996–2000 Portugal U-21
2000–2001 Alverca
2002 Benfica
2003–2006 Braga
2006 Boavista
2006–2010 Porto
2010 Málaga
2010–2012 Panathinaikos
2013 Sporting CP
2013–2014 Braga
2015 Zamalek
2015– Al Sadd

Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira (born 24 May 1946) is a Portuguese football manager who is the current manager of Qatari club Al Sadd SC.

Coaching career

Early career

In Ferreira's early career, he managed Rio Maior and Torreense. Ferreira was the assistant manager for the Portuguese national team in the 1990s, and manager for the under-21 national team, until the 1999–00 season.

Académica de Coimbra

In 1984–85, Ferreira took over at Académica de Coimbra and was dismissed after matchday seven with the balance of one victory and six defeats, being replaced by Vítor Manuel who led the team to a final seventh place. He also coached Estrela da Amadora, but the club was relegated to Liga de Honra in the 1990–91 season. Ferreira became famous when he took over at the Portuguese under-21 national team, coaching skilled players, such as future senior squad star Maniche.

Alverca, and Benfica

Ferreira arrived at Alverca in 2000–01, where he took the team to 12th place in the Liga. With good results, Ferreira then left for Benfica for the 2001–02 season. After a poor string of results, he was fired by Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira after a losing a cup match at home to third division side Gondomar. He was replaced by the Spanish manager José Antonio Camacho.


On 19 April 2003, Sporting Clube de Braga called Ferreira to manage the team, then on the brink of relegation. He led Braga to a 14th-place finish, only two points above relegation zone. In the seasons of 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06, Braga made fantastic league runs, and with players like João Tomás and Wender, they fought for the title in 2004–05. Braga reached fifth place (2003–04) and twice in fourth place (2004–05 and 2005–06).


Boavista signed Ferreira after his tenure with Braga ended, but suddenly FC Porto and team president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa offered him a contract following the unexpected departure of manager Co Adriaanse, and he nullified the Boavista contract and joined Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on 18 August 2006, after the Portuguese SuperCup Final, only one week before the start of the 2006–07 league. There, Ferreira worked with such stars as Ricardo Quaresma, Anderson, Pepe, Lucho González, Raul Meireles, Paulo Assunção, José Bosingwa, and Lisandro López.

Despite having little time to adjust to his new club or changing the team's tactical approach who, under Adriaanse, played in a very offensive 3–3–4 system, Ferreira still managed to win the league in his first year at the club, finishing only one point ahead of Sporting Clube de Portugal, and two of Benfica. In the Champions League, Porto reached the first knockout round, but were eliminated by Chelsea, 2–3 on aggregate.

The 2007–08 saw a great run by a Porto team that won the championship with a 20-point margin over second-placed Sporting, despite later being deducted six points due to the bribery of referees in the 2003–04 season.[1] In Europe, Ferreira once again took Porto to the first knockout round of the Champions League, after finishing first in a group that included Liverpool, being eliminated by German side Schalke 04 on penalties following a 1–1 aggregate draw.

2008–09 was another successful year for the club under Ferreira, with Porto reaching the fourth consecutive league title in a row, Jesualdo's third, making him the first Portuguese manager ever to win three consecutive Portuguese league championships. In addition to that, Porto also achieved a domestic double, beating Paços de Ferreira 1–0 in the final of the Portuguese Cup, thanks to a goal by Lisandro López. In the Champions League, Porto reached the quarter-finals, topping a group that included Arsenal, and beating Atlético Madrid on away goals in the Round of 16, before being knocked out by then-title holders Manchester United, 2–3 on aggregate. That season's performance rewarded Jesualdo Ferreira with a two-year contract extension.[2]

Despite previous success, 2009–10 wasn't a solid season for os Dragões, with the team losing their first league title since 2005 to rivals Benfica, but also finishing third in the league, which meant they failed to secure a Champions League spot for the following season. The victories in both the Portuguese Cup, the Portuguese SuperCup, and a 3-1 home victory against Benfica at the end of the season, were enough to keep the supporters and the players happy. Though he resigned on 26 May 2010.


On 17 June 2010, Málaga CF of the Spanish La Liga signed him on a three-year contract. After nine domestic league matches, with five consecutive defeats at home and with only seven points earned, he was sacked on 2 November 2010.


Ferreira was then hired by Greek club Panathinaikos, signing a 1 12-year contract on 20 November 2010.[3][4] Ferreira came in to replace Nikos Nioplias, who was sacked after disappointing results in the Greek Superleague and the group stage of Champions League. After his love with the team, Ferreira stayed as the head coach of Panathinaikos despite the economical problems and the break inside the teams operation. After the bad results from Champions League third qualifying rounds he kept the spirit and beliefs and had Panathinaikos 1st in the first round of Superleague and 2nd final to the playoffs. Giannis Alafouzos (the man who inspired and created Panathinaiki Symmaxia) wanted Jesualdo Ferreira on the wheel of the team and made a new 1+1 years contract.

However, Ferreira resigned from Panathinaikos on 14 November 2012.[5]

Sporting CP

A month after Ferreira resigned from Panathinaikos, Sporting C.P. hired him for an administrative position. In this capacity, he ran all of Sporting's football teams. Coaches answered directly to him.[6]

On 7 January 2013, Sporting sacked its heretofore manager Franky Vercauteren, after a long string of mediocre results. Ferreira replaced Vercauteren.[7] On 20 May 2013, Leonardo Jardim was announced as the new manager of the Lisbon club. Consequentely Jesualdo Ferreira was sacked effective immediately.[8]

Braga (second spell)

On May 2013, Ferreira was the choice of SC Braga president, António Salvador, to manage the club and leading the reshuffling of the professional team, after a disappointing season that ended with a non-qualification for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League.[9]

Ferreira, after being the first manager of António Salvador in 2003, which is considered the birth of modern SC Braga, was the first to coach the team on two different occasions during the command of António Salvador. On February, after a draw against Arouca FC when playing at home, Jesualdo Ferreira left the club due to the string of bad results [10]

Zamalek SC

In February 2015, Ferreira was appointed as head coach of Zamalek SC. He led the club to their twelfth Egyptian Premier League title, which was their first league title since 2004 and lead the club to win a domestic double by beating Al Ahly, in the cup final.[11] But he couldn't repeat this feat against Al Ahly again in the Egyptian Super Cup as they lost 3-2 to their arch rival.

However, Ferreira resigned from Zamalek on November 21, 2015.[12]

Relationship with Mourinho

Curiously, Ferreira and former legendary Porto manager José Mourinho crossed paths in the 1980s, when the current Chelsea coach was a student at the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education and Ferreira was a teacher there. In 2002, when he was briefly the Benfica manager, Mourinho refused to accept the appointment of Ferreira as his assistant, and in February 2005, Mourinho had a swipe at Ferreira in his weekly column for the Portuguese sports magazine Record.

Comparing himself with Ferreira, Mourinho wrote,

"One is a coach with a 30-year career, the other with a three-year one. The one with 30 years has never won anything; the one with three years has won a lot. The one who has coached for 30 years has an enormous career; the one with three years has a small career. The one with a 30-year career will be forgotten when he ends it; the one with three could end it right now and he could never be erased from history. This could be the story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse."

Despite these claims by Mourinho, Ferreira went on to make history by becoming the first Portuguese coach to win three consecutive titles in Portugal, a feat that Mourinho never achieved.[13] Mourinho also was Ferreira's assistant in 1990–91, for Estrela da Amadora.

Another Porto coach, José Couceiro, worked with Ferreira many times. Firstly, Ferreira was a coach in Atlético Clube de Portugal, and Couceiro was a player there. Couceiro moved to Torreense, with Ferreira as coach. And finally, in 1991–92, Couceiro joined Estrela da Amadora, again with Ferreira as coach.

Managerial honours





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  2. Jesualdo renova esta tarde com o FC Porto (in Portuguese)
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  6. "Vercauteren aplaude contratação de Jesualdo Ferreira". Retrieved 21 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Jesualdo Ferreira é o novo treinador". Retrieved 7 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Jesualdo sacked". Sic Notícias. Retrieved 20 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Jesualdo é o novo treinador do Braga". MSN. Retrieved 31 May 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Ferreira resigned" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 February 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Ferreira signs six month contract with Zamalek". Retrieved 5 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Portuguese coach Ferreira leaves Egypt's Zamalek in shock move". Retrieved 21 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. FC Porto verpflichtet Trainer Jesualdo Ferreira

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