Domingos Paciência


Paciência at a press conference as Braga manager in 2011
Personal information
Full name Domingos José Paciência Oliveira
Date of birth (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969
Place of birth Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1980–1982 Académica Leça
1982–1987 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1997 Porto 232 (97)
1997–1999 Tenerife 50 (6)
1999–2001 Porto 31 (9)
Total 313 (112)
National team
1986 Portugal U18 2 (0)
1987–1988 Portugal U21 5 (0)
1989–1998 Portugal 34 (9)
Teams managed
2001–2004 Porto B (assistant)
2004–2005 Porto B
2006–2007 União Leiria
2007–2009 Académica
2009–2011 Braga
2011–2012 Sporting CP
2013 Deportivo La Coruña
2014 Kayserispor
2014–2015 Vitória Setúbal
2015 APOEL

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

Domingos José Paciência Oliveira, known simply as Domingos as a player (Portuguese pronunciation: [duˈmĩɣuʃ]; born 2 January 1969), is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager.

He achieved success with both Porto and the Portuguese national team, appearing in more than 350 official games with the former over the course of 12 seasons (nearly 150 goals) and representing the latter at Euro 1996.

After completing his accreditation in 2005, Domingos resumed his career as a manager, notably helping Braga reach the 2011 Europa League final.

Playing career

A FC Porto trainee since he was 13,[1] discovered at local Atlético de Leça, Domingos was born in Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, and proved to be a terrific goalscorer despite being physically weak. Tomislav Ivić eventually decided he should be the replacement for an ageing Fernando Gomes, and made his debuts with the first team at age 19, being crowned top scorer in the Portuguese league in the 1995–96 season; previously, in 1990–91, he was involved in a last-matchday battle for the Bola de Prata award with S.L. Benfica's Rui Águas, with Águas' team having won the championship the game before: Domingos played first, putting four past Vitória de Guimarães in a 5–0 home win, going from 20 to 24 goals. Águas appeared hours later against S.C. Beira-Mar, and scored two second-half goals in an eventual 3–0 triumph, finishing with 25.

In 1997–98 Domingos moved to the Canary Islands' CD Tenerife, one season after Porto signed prolific striker Mário Jardel. There, he teamed up with Roy Makaay, but never fully adapted to La Liga, netting only once in his final season – which ended in relegation – in a 1–2 home loss against Deportivo Alavés.

Domingos eventually returned to Porto two years later, who outbid Sporting Clube de Portugal at the eleventh hour. While cherished by the crowd, he did not impose himself as in the past, and retired at the end of the 2000–01. He won seven league titles, six supercups and five cups.

For Portugal, Domingos scored nine goals in 34 appearances, including one against Croatia at UEFA Euro 1996 as the national team reached the quarterfinals.

International goals

Manager career

Leiria and Académica

After his retirement Domingos was assigned to coach Porto's youth teams, and later the reserves. After completing his level three managing course, he left Porto and was hired as manager of first-divisioner U.D. Leiria for 2006–07; he also opened a football school in Matosinhos with former Porto teammate Rui Barros.

Despite a good work overall, leading the team to a seventh-place finish, Domingos left the club before the end of the season, after having fallen out with club president and player Adriano Rossato.[2]

The following campaign Domingos took the reins of another top level side, Académica de Coimbra, after Manuel Machado resigned. In his first two years in charge of the Students he led them to two consecutive league wins at Benfica (3–0, 1–0) and, in his second season, coached the team to a final seventh position, the best in 24 years.


In June 2009 Paciência resigned, after receiving an offer from S.C. Braga which had just lost manager Jorge Jesus to Benfica. In his first season, despite a bad start which included being knocked out of the UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round by IF Elfsborg, he guided the Minho club to an historical campaign, leading the league for most of the campaign and eventually securing the second position – a best ever, behind Benfica – and subsequent UEFA Champions League qualification; the team became only the fifth in the country to reach the competition's group stage, after ousting Celtic (4–2 on aggregate) and Sevilla FC (5–3) in the qualifying rounds.

After a bad start to both the domestic and the Champions League campaigns, Braga slowly recovered their form, finishing in fourth position in the former and in third in the latter, with the subsequent Europa League qualification, where Domingos led the team to the final, after disposing of Lech Poznań, Liverpool, FC Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica; as he had announced in May 2011, he left his post after the game against Porto.[3]


On 23 May 2011, Domingos was named José Couceiro's successor at Sporting Clube de Portugal.[4] His move to Lisbon was largely expected following the election of Luís Godinho Lopes as club president.[5]

In his first season, Domingos qualified the Lions to their first Portuguese Cup final in four years. On 13 February 2012, however, as the team ranked fourth in the league, 16 points behind leaders Benfica, he was fired following a 0–2 away loss against C.S. Marítimo.[6][7]


On 30 December 2012 Paciência signed a contract with Spanish top division club Deportivo de La Coruña, as the Galicians struggled at the bottom of the table.[8] In his first game in charge his team beat Málaga CF 1–0 at home, marking its first win in over two months.[9]

Paciência resigned at Depor on 10 February 2013, after not being able to help the side improve from the 20th and last position in the charts.[10]


On 17 January 2014 Paciência was named as the new manager of Kayserispor, succeeding Robert Prosinečki.[11] His debut occurred nine days later, in a 0–3 Süper Lig loss at Sivasspor.

After a poor run of results, which saw the club record only one win in seven matches, Paciência was sacked on 17 March 2014.[12]

Vitória Setúbal

On 22 May 2014, Paciência returned to Portugal to take over Vitória de Setúbal as a replacement for Couceiro.[13] He was relieved of his duties on 19 January of the following year.[14]


On 21 May 2015, Paciência agreed terms with reigning Cypriot champions APOEL FC, replacing Thorsten Fink who was fired on 11 May at the conclusion of the season.[15] After only three months in charge, the club terminated his contract following the team's failure to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League after being eliminated by FC Astana, as well as defeat in the Cypriot Super Cup to AEL Limassol.[16]

Personal life

Paciência's son, Gonçalo, is also a footballer and a striker. He too was groomed at Porto.[17][18]

Managerial statistics

As of 26 August 2015
Team From To Record
União Leiria 18 May 2006 30 March 2007 24 9 6 9 37.50
Académica 12 September 2007 26 May 2009 65 19 24 22 29.23
Braga 23 June 2009 18 May 2011 85 50 12 23 58.82
Sporting 1 July 2011 13 February 2012 33 18 9 6 54.55
Deportivo 30 December 2012 11 February 2013 6 1 1 4 16.67
Kayserispor 17 January 2014 17 March 2014 7 1 1 5 14.29
Vitória Setúbal 22 May 2014 19 January 2015 20 5 3 12 25.00
APOEL 21 May 2015 28 August 2015 8 2 4 2 25.00
Total 248 105 60 83 42.34








  1. "Domingos Paciência competition coaching record". UEFA. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  2. Domingos abandona equipa (Domingos leaves team); Record, 30 March 2007 (Portuguese)
  3. Paciência to leave Braga after all-Portuguese final;, 10 May 2011
  4. "Official: Domingos Paciencia appointed new Sporting Lisbon coach". 23 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  5. "Domingos é o treinador de Godinho Lopes" [Domingos is Godinho Lopes' manager] (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  6. "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  7. Sporting: Domingos out, Sa Pinto in; PortuGOAL, 13 February 2012
  8. "Domingos believes Deportivo can beat drop". ESPN FC. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  9. "Deportivo beats Malaga 1–0 for 1st win in 2 months". Sports Illustrated. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  10. "Domingos echa la culpa a la mala fortuna y a los árbitros" [Domingos places blame on bad luck and referees] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  11. "Kayserispor'un yeni hocası Paciencia!" [Kayserispor's new coach Paciencia!] (in Turkish). NTV. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  12. Henriques, Bruno (17 March 2014). "Domingos Paciência despedido" [Domingos Paciência sacked] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  13. "Domingos Paciência é o novo treinador do Vitória de Setúbal" [Domingos Paciência is the new manager of Vitória de Setúbal] (in Portuguese). Público. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. "Vitória lose patience with coach". Yahoo! Sports. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  15. Σύναψη συμφωνίας με Domingos Paciencia [Agreement with Domingos Paciencia] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  16. Λύση συνεργασίας με Domingos Paciencia [Termination of Domingos Paciencia]. APOEL FC. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  17. "Gonçalo Paciência: o goleador com pés de maestro" [Gonçalo Paciência: the goal scorer with the feet of a maestro] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  18. "Gonçalo Paciência é muito diferente do pai" [Gonçalo Paciência is very different from his father] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
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