José Peseiro

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José Peseiro
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Peseiro as manager of Braga in 2016
Personal information
Full name José Vítor dos Santos Peseiro
Date of birth (1960-04-04) 4 April 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth Coruche, Portugal
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1977–1979 Coruchense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Cartaxo
1980–1982 Coruchense
1982–1983 Oriental
1983–1984 Amora
1984–1987 Oriental
1987–1988 Samora Correia 33 (7)
1988–1989 Torreense 5 (1)
1989–1991 União Santarém
1991–1992 Alcanenense
1992–1994 União Santarém
Teams managed
1992–1994 União Santarém
1994–1996 União Montemor
1996–1999 Oriental
1999–2003 Nacional
2003–2004 Real Madrid (assistant)
2004–2005 Sporting CP
2006–2007 Al-Hilal
2007–2008 Panathinaikos
2008–2009 Rapid Bucureşti
2009–2011 Saudi Arabia
2012–2013 Braga
2013–2015 Al-Wahda
2015–2016 Al Ahly
2016 Porto
2016 Braga
2017 Al-Sharjah
2018 Vitória Guimarães
2018 Sporting CP
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Vítor dos Santos Peseiro (born 4 April 1960) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a forward, and is a manager.

After an unassuming career as a player, he went on to coach several clubs in his country, including Sporting – which he took to the 2005 UEFA Cup Final[1]– and Porto, he also worked extensively in Arab nations, being in charge of the Saudi Arabian national team.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Coruche, Santarém District, Peseiro never played in higher than the Segunda Liga as a professional, starting out at Sport Lisboa e Cartaxo in 1979. In that competition, he represented Amora FC, Clube Oriental de Lisboa, Grupo Desportivo Samora Correia and S.C.U. Torreense, for a total of five seasons.

34-year-old Peseiro retired at the end of the 1993–94 season in the fourth division, with local club União de Santarém.

Coaching career[edit]


Peseiro spent his first eight years as a manager in the third and fourth levels of Portuguese football, starting out as a player-coach at his last team. In the 1999 summer he was appointed at C.D. Nacional, which he helped promote to the Primeira Liga in just three seasons;[2] in 2002–03, he led the team to a final 11th position.

In 2003–04, Peseiro assisted Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid.[3] At the end of the campaign, after the team lost a considerable advantage on the table to be finally surpassed by Valencia CF, FC Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña, the pair was sacked,[4] and the latter returned to his assistant position in Manchester United.


Peseiro signed with Sporting CP for 2004–05. After collecting three losses and two draws in his first nine games in charge, the side eventually finished in third place with 61 points, four behind champions S.L. Benfica;[5] additionally, he coached the team to a runner-up run in the UEFA Cup after disposing of the likes of Feyenoord, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United. The final was played at the Estádio José Alvalade, and after a 1–0 lead at half-time the hosts eventually succumbed to PFC CSKA Moscow 3–1.[1]

At the start of the 2005–06 season, the Lions were ousted from the UEFA Champions League by Udinese Calcio,[6] and after being relegated to the UEFA Cup they were immediately knocked out by Halmstads BK 4–4 on aggregate after a 2–3 home loss;[7][8] on 16 October 2005, following a 0–1 home defeat to Académica de Coimbra that saw Sporting sink to the seventh position, he resigned.

Eastern Europe / Saudi Arabia[edit]

In the 2007 off-season, Peseiro was named manager of Panathinaikos FC.[9] After failing to win the Superleague Greece and also losing 0–4 to neighbouring Olympiakos F.C. in the domestic cup, he was forced to step down.

In June 2008, Peseiro signed a three-year contract with Romanian club FC Rapid Bucureşti. On 2 October, after being eliminated from the UEFA Cup by VfL Wolfsburg, he was sacked[10] only to be reinstated a few days later;[11] he eventually resigned on 12 January 2009, after failing to agree on a new deal.[12]

Peseiro succeeded Nasser Al-Johar at the helm of the Saudi Arabian national team in 2009, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, his first game occurred on 28 March, and it ended with a 2–1 away win over Iran which was the former's first ever victory in that country and the latter's first loss in nearly 40 home games; eventually, the nation failed to reach the finals in South Africa, and on 10 January 2011 he was relieved of his duties after losing the first game in the AFC Asian Cup against Syria.[13]


In the summer of 2012, Peseiro was appointed at S.C. Braga.[14] His first major signing was Portuguese international Rúben Micael,[15] and he qualified the club to the group stage of the Champions League for the second time in its history, after ousting Udinese on penalties.[16][17]

At the end of the campaign, in spite of winning the Taça da Liga and ranking fourth in the league, Braga and Peseiro reached an agreement to terminate the manager's contract.[18]

Al-Wahda / Al-Ahly[edit]

From 11 November 2013 to 11 January 2015, Peseiro worked with Al-Wahda F.C. in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. On 9 October of the latter year, Al Ahly SC announced his signing. Upon hearing the news, fans of the latter protested against the decision based on his weak résumé.[19][20]

Return to Portugal[edit]

On 18 January 2016, after cutting ties with the Egyptian side, Peseiro replaced Julen Lopetegui at FC Porto.[21] Even though the third position the team occupied at the time of the Spaniard's sacking was still secured, he collected more losses than his predecessor,[22] and also lost the final of the Taça de Portugal to former team Braga, on penalties.[23]

On 6 June 2016, Peseiro signed a two-year deal with precisely Braga.[24] On 14 December, following consecutive home defeats that resulted in elimination from the Europa League and the Portuguese Cup, respectively at the hands of FC Shakhtar Donetsk (2–4) and S.C. Covilhã (1–2), he was sacked.[25]

Peseiro returned to the UAE in January 2017 with Sharjah FC, and was sacked nine months later after a poor start to the new season;[26] the following February, he went home to sign a contract at Vitória S.C. until June 2019,[27] which he rescinded by mutual agreement a year early.[28]

In July 2018, Peseiro returned to Sporting after 13 years away, assuming the reins at a club that had lost several key players following fan violence and whose previous manager Siniša Mihajlović lasted nine days in the job.[29] On 1 November, following poor overall performances and a 1–2 home loss against G.D. Estoril Praia for the group stage of the Taça da Liga, he was relieved of his duties.[30]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 March 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Saudi Arabia 21 February 2009 10 January 2011 31 12 12 7 35 22 +13 038.71
Braga 3 June 2012 29 May 2013 47 23 8 16 84 64 +20 048.94
Al Wahda 16 November 2013 January 2015 42 20 13 9 78 59 +19 047.62
Al Ahly 10 October 2015 19 January 2016 12 8 2 2 22 10 +12 066.67
Porto 19 January 2016 31 May 2016 22 13 1 8 38 26 +12 059.09
Braga 6 June 2016 15 December 2016 23 11 5 7 39 30 +9 047.83
Al-Sharjah 1 January 2017 16 October 2017 15 3 6 6 17 24 −7 020.00
Vitória Guimarães 28 February 2018 3 1 1 1 3 3 +0 033.33
Career totals 195 91 48 56 316 238 +78 046.67

Source: [31]





Al Ahly



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  2. ^ "Peseiro vs Vingada: sexto duelo marcante dez anos depois" [Peseiro vs Vingada: sixth important duel ten years later] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Queiroz presenta a Peseiro y Di Salvo" [Queiroz presents Peseiro and Di Salvo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 July 2003. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Camacho elegido, Queiroz cesado" [Camacho chosen, Queiroz sacked] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 24 May 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Luisão, Ricardo e o golo aos 83'19" [Luisão, Ricardo and the goal at 83’19]. i (in Portuguese). 14 May 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Udinese see off Sporting". UEFA. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Sporting 2–3 Halmstad". UEFA. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Dez coisas que precisa saber sobre José Peseiro" [Ten things you need to know about José Peseiro] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Peseiro answers Panathinaikos call". UEFA. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Peseiro a fost demis" [Peseiro has been sacked] (in Romanian). Ziare. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  11. ^ "El portugués Peseiro, restituido como entrenador del Rapid de Bucarest" [Portuguese Peseiro, reinstated as Rapid Bucharest manager] (in Spanish). Terra. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Roménia: Rapid Bucareste cumpre acordo com José Peseiro" [Romania: Rapid Bucharest honour deal with José Peseiro] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Saudi Arabia sack Peseiro after loss". ESPN Soccernet. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  14. ^ "José Peseiro certo nos bracarenses" [José Peseiro confirmed at the bracarenses]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 June 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Rúben Micael vai ser reforço" [Rúben Micael will be an addition]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out". UEFA. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Mil adeptos receberam a equipa, Salvador levado em ombros (fotos)" [A thousand fans welcomed the team, Salvador lifted in the air (photos)]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  18. ^ "European Football – Braga sack Peseiro despite Cup win". Yahoo Sports. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Al Ahly appoint José Peseiro as new manager". KingFut. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  20. ^ جمهور الأهلي يهتف ويطالب برحيل مجلس محمود طاهر [Ahly fans protesting against the signing of Peseiro] (in Arabic). El Ahly. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Pinto da Costa decidiu, está decidido. Peseiro é o sucessor de Lopetegui" [Pinto da Costa said it, it is said. Peseiro is Lopetegui's successor] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  22. ^ "FC Porto: José Peseiro já tem mais derrotas que Julen Lopetegui" [FC Porto: José Peseiro has already more losses than Julen Lopetegui] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga win Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  24. ^ "SC Braga anuncia José Peseiro" [SC Braga announce José Peseiro] (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Sete meses de Peseiro em Braga. Quase tudo falhou" [Seven months of Peseiro in Braga. Almost everything went wrong] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  26. ^ "Coach Peseiro sacked by Sharjah". Gulf News. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  27. ^ "José Peseiro no Vitória de Guimarães por época e meia" [José Peseiro at Vitória de Guimarães for a season and a half] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Vitória de Guimarães anuncia saída de José Peseiro, por mútuo acordo" [Vitória de Guimarães announce exit of José Peseiro, by mutual agreement]. Observador (in Portuguese). 15 May 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Jose Peseiro returns to coach Sporting CP". FourFourTwo. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  30. ^ "José Peseiro despedido" [José Peseiro fired]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  31. ^ José Peseiro coach profile at Soccerway

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