|Full name||Francisco António Lucas Vital|
|Date of birth||27 June 1954|
|Place of birth||Braga, Portugal|
|1997||Sporting CP (assistant)|
|2004||Dong A Bank|
|2012–2013||Dong Tam Long An|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vital played all of his early career in the second division, mainly with G.D. Riopele. In 1977 he joined F.C. Porto, going on to be irregularly played by the top flight giants during his two 1/2-season spell and winning two national championships, contributing with a career-best 21 games and five goals in the 1978–79 edition.
In January 1980 Vital moved to La Liga with Real Betis – his only abroad experience – returning to his country in the summer to join S.L. Benfica, with whom he won another league, as well as one Portuguese Cup and one domestic Supercup. After spending the 1981–82 campaign with Boavista F.C. he moved back to the second level, where he remained until his retirement at the age of 34, namely with F.C. Vizela.
|1||16 November 1977||Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal||Cyprus||3–0||4–0||1978 World Cup qualification|
Vital worked almost exclusively in the Portuguese lower leagues, his first stint being precisely with his last club Vizela. In 1997–98, his only season in the top division, he was one of four coaches for Sporting Clube de Portugal – having started as an assistant with the team – winning one match, drawing two and losing one as the Lions went on to finish in fourth position.
In the second part of the 2000s Vital coached mainly in Vietnam, helping Đồng Tâm Long An F.C. return to the V-League in 2012. During three seasons he also worked in directorial capacities with Ruivanense Atlético Clube, in the Braga second regional division.
- Época 1978/79: Primeira Divisão (1978/79 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 15 March 2007 (Portuguese)
- Treinadores no futebol e títulos conquistados (Coaches in football and titles won); Diário de Notícias, 26 August 2008 (Portuguese)
- Sports news in brief – April 23; Baomoi, 23 April 2012
- Profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Coach stats at ForaDeJogo
- Francisco Vital at National-Football-Teams.com
- Portugal stats at Eu-Football