Carlos Carvalhal

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Carlos Carvalhal
Personal information
Full name Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal
Date of birth (1965-12-04) 4 December 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Braga, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
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)
1995–1998 Espinho 49 (0)
National team
1985–1987 Portugal U21 9 (0)
Teams managed
1998–2000 Espinho
2000 Freamunde
2000–2001 Aves
2001–2003 Leixões
2003–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Belenenses
2006 Braga
2006–2007 Beira-Mar
2007–2008 Vitória Setúbal
2008 Asteras Tripoli
2009 Marítimo
2009–2010 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012 İstanbul BB
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal (born 4 December 1965) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender. After his playing career ended he became a coach.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Braga, Carvalhal represented mainly hometown's Sporting Clube de 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 first division, appearing in 34 games and only being booked seven times, even though the Minho club could only finish in 11th position.

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

Coaching career[edit]

Carvalhal began managing at his last club, Espinho, in the second division, being dismissed midway his second year. In 2002 he became the first coach in the country to take a club in the third level to the UEFA Cup, after leading Leixões S.C. to the final of the Portuguese Cup.[1] Two years later he led Vitória de Setúbal back to the top flight, which prompted his move to a club in that category, C.F. Os Belenenses.

Carvalhal was sacked by the Lisbon club 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 January 2007, after the Aveiro outfit signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company, in a relegation-ending campaign.[2]

Returning to Setúbal for the 2007–08 campaign, 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 domestic League Cup, 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 Madeirans finishing comfortably in mid-table. He was sacked late into the year 2009, moving to Sporting in mid-November to replace fired Paulo Bento.[1][3]

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.[4] On 2 August 2011 he was appointed caretaker manager in Beşiktaş J.K. of Turkey, as incumbent Tayfur Havutçu resolves his legal issues stemming from the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.[5][6]





  1. ^ a b "Carvalhal appointed Sporting boss". ESPN Soccernet. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 15 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Contrato de Carlos Carvalhal não é prorrogado (Carlos Carvalhal's contract is not renewed); Net Madeira, 31 March 2010 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ "Beşiktaş JK picks Carlos Carvalhal as new manager". Beşiktaş official website. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official: Besiktas appoint Carlos Carvalhal as interim coach". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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