Jesualdo Ferreira

Jesualdo Ferreira
Personal information
Full name Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira
Date of birth (1946-05-24) 24 May 1946
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 his early career, Ferreira managed Rio Maior and Torreense. Ferreira was the assistant manager for the Portugal national team in the 1990s, and manager for the under-21 national team until the 1999–2000 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 position. 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 Portugal under-21 national team, where he coached 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 Primeira 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 Taça de Portugal at home to third division side Gondomar. He was replaced by the Spanish manager José Antonio Camacho.


On 19 April 2003, Braga hired 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 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, 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 Porto and its team president, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, offered him a contract following the unexpected departure of manager Co Adriaanse. Ferreira nullified the Boavista contract and joined Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on 18 August 2006, after the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira 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 title in his first year at the club, finishing only one point ahead of Sporting Clube de Portugal and two of Benfica. In the UEFA Champions League, Porto reached the first knockout round but were eliminated by Chelsea, 2–3 on aggregate.

The 2007–08 season saw a great run by a Porto team that won the league 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.

The 2008–09 season 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, Porto also achieved a domestic double, beating Paços de Ferreira 1–0 in the final of the Taça de Portugal 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 Ferreira with a two-year contract extension.[2]

Despite previous success, 2009–10 was not 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. Despite this, Porto won both the Taça de Portugal and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, in addition to recording a 3–1 home victory over fierce rivals Benfica at the end of the season. Nonetheless, Ferreira resigned on 26 May 2010.


On 17 June 2010, Málaga of the Spanish La Liga signed Ferreira 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 team's operation. After failing to qualify for the 2011–12 Champions League in the third qualifying round, he kept the spirit and beliefs and had Panathinaikos first in the first round of Superleague and second final to the playoffs. Ferreira was later offered a new 1+1-year contract, but he later resigned from his role on 14 November 2012.[5]

Sporting CP

A month after Ferreira resigned from Panathinaikos, Sporting CP hired him for an administrative position where he would run all of Sporting's football teams.[6] On 7 January 2013, however, after Sporting had sacked its manager Franky Vercauteren after a long string of mediocre results, Ferreira was named his replacement.[7] Just months later, on 20 May, Leonardo Jardim was announced as the new manager of the Lisbon club; consequentely, Ferreira was immediately sacked.[8]

Braga (second spell)

On May 2013, Ferreira was the choice of Braga club 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 Champions League.[9] Ferreira, having previously served as Salvador's first manager in his presidential term in 2003, became the first to coach the team on two different occasions under Salvador. On February, after a draw against Arouca at the Estádio Municipal de Braga, 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 12th Egyptian Premier League title, their first league title since 2004, and led the club to win a domestic double by beating Al Ahly 2-0, in the Egypt Cup final.[11] He could not, however, repeat this feat against Al Ahly again in the Egyptian Super Cup, as they lost 3–2 to their arch rival.

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

Relationship with Mourinho

Curiously, Ferreira and former Porto and current Manchester United manager José Mourinho crossed paths in the 1980s, when Mourinho was a student at the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education and Ferreira was a teacher there. In 2002, when he was briefly the manager of Benfica, 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




Best coach in the Egyptian league: 2014–15


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