Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal
Personal information
Full name Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal
Date of birth (1965-12-04) 4 December 1965
Place of birth Braga, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday (head coach)
Youth career
1978–1983 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Braga 7 (0)
1985–1986 Chaves 28 (0)
1986–1988 Braga 60 (1)
1988–1989 Porto 1 (0)
1989–1990 Beira-Mar 23 (0)
1990–1992 Braga 33 (0)
1992–1993 Tirsense 14 (0)
1993–1995 Chaves 44 (3)
1995–1999 Espinho 49 (0)
Total 259 (4)
National team
1985–1987 Portugal U21 9 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Espinho
1999–2000 Freamunde
2000 Vizela
2000–2001 Aves
2001–2002 Leixões
2003–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Belenenses
2006 Braga
2006 Beira-Mar
2007–2008 Vitória Setúbal
2008 Asteras Tripoli
2009 Marítimo
2009–2010 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012 İstanbul BB
2015– Sheffield Wednesday

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

Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal (born 4 December 1965) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current head coach of English club Sheffield Wednesday.

Playing career

Born in Braga, Carvalhal represented mainly hometown's S.C. Braga during his career. In the 1987–88 campaign, in one of his three spells at the club, he had one of his best years in the Primeira Liga, appearing in 34 games and only being booked seven times, even though the Minho team could only finish in 11th position.[1]

Immediately afterwards, Carvalhal joined FC Porto,[2] but was released after only one year,[3] going on to represent in the following nine seasons – until his retirement at the age of 32 – S.C. Beira-Mar,[4] Braga, F.C. Tirsense, G.D. Chaves and S.C. Espinho. In the top level, he amassed totals of 197 games and one goal.

Coaching career

Carvalhal began managing at his last club Espinho, in the Segunda Liga, being dismissed early into his second year. In 2002, he became the first coach in the country to take a team in the third division to the UEFA Cup, after leading Leixões S.C. to the final of the Taça de Portugal.[5] Two years later he led Vitória de Setúbal back to the top flight, which prompted his move to a side in that category, C.F. Os Belenenses.

Carvalhal was sacked by Belenenses early into 2005–06, after five defeats in eight games. He met the same fate with the two teams he coached in the following season, Braga and S.C. Beira-Mar. With the latter, he was dismissed in December 2006 after the Aveiro club signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company, in a relegation-ending campaign.[6]

Returning to Setúbal for 2007–08, Carvalhal enjoyed his best year as a manager, leading the Sadinos to the sixth position in the league – with subsequent UEFA Cup qualification, with the club posting one of the best defensive records in Europe that year – and victory in the inaugural edition of the Taça da Liga, against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

After a few weeks in Greece, Carvalhal returned to Portugal and joined C.S. Marítimo, only winning one match in 11, but with the Madeira team finishing comfortably in mid-table. He was sacked late into the year 2009, moving to Sporting in mid-November to replace fired Paulo Bento.[5][7]

As originally intended, Carvalhal left his Sporting post at the end of the season, with Sporting finishing in fourth position, 28 points behind champions S.L. Benfica.[8] On 2 August 2011, he was appointed caretaker manager in Beşiktaş J.K. of Turkey, as incumbent Tayfur Havutçu resolved his legal issues stemming from the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.[9][10]

On 30 June 2015, after nearly three years of inactivity, Carvalhal was appointed head coach of English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.[11] He led the team to the sixth position in his debut campaign and subsequently qualified them to the play-offs (albeit without promotion),[12] also ousting Arsenal in the fourth round of the Football League Cup.[13]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 3 December 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
Sheffield Wednesday 30 June 2015 Present 76 34 22 20 44.7 [14]
Total 76 34 22 20 44.7






  1. "Época 1987/88: Primeira Divisão" [1987/88 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. "Época 1988/89: Primeira Divisão" [1988/89 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. "1988/89: FC Porto sem troféus e dez campeões europeus a chorar" [1988/89: FC Porto without trophies and ten European champions crying] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  4. "Época 1989/90: Primeira Divisão" [1989/90 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Carvalhal appointed Sporting boss". ESPN Soccernet. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  6. Beira-Mar: Carvalhal despedido para dar lugar a Paco Soler (Beira-Mar: Carvalhal sacked to make way for Paco Soler); Portal d'Aveiro, 9 January 2007 (Portuguese)
  7. "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 15 November 2009.
  8. Contrato de Carlos Carvalhal não é prorrogado (Carlos Carvalhal's contract is not extended); Net Madeira, 31 March 2010 (Portuguese)
  9. "Beşiktaş JK picks Carlos Carvalhal as new manager". Beşiktaş J.K. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  10. "Official: Besiktas appoint Carlos Carvalhal as interim coach". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  11. "Sheffield Wednesday name Carlos Carvalhal as new head coach". BBC Sport. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  12. "Hull City 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. "Sheff Wed 3–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  14. "Managers: Carlos Carvalhal". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  15. "Leixões-Sporting, 0–1: Taça só para uns e festa para todos" [Leixões-Sporting, 0–1: Cup only for some and party for everyone] (in Portuguese). Record. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  16. "Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal hopes that his Cup pedigree pays off against Arsenal". The Independent. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  17. "Revoltados por Beto" [Angry over Beto] (in Portuguese). Record. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  18. "Carlos Carvalhal: "Eduardo dá pontos e Taças"" [Carlos Carvalhal: "Eduardo gives points and Cups"] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  19. Catterick, Phill (28 February 2016). "Capital One Cup: Team of the Tournament". Capital One Cup. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
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