|Full name||Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira|
|Date of birth||May 24, 1946|
|Place of birth||Mirandela, Portugal|
|Current club||Braga (manager)|
|1990–1992||Estrela da Amadora|
In Ferreira's early career, he managed Rio Maior and Torreense. Ferreira was the assistant manager for the Portuguese national team in the 1990s, and manager for the under-21 national team, until the 1999–00 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. 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 Portuguese under-21 national team, coaching 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 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 cup match at home to third division side Gondomar. He was replaced by the Spanish José Antonio Camacho as manager of as Águias.
On 19 April 2003, Sporting Clube de Braga called 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 seasons of 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06, 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 FC Porto and team president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa offered him a contract following the unexpected departure of manager Co Adriaanse, and he nullified the Boavista contract and joined Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on 18 August 2006, after the Portuguese SuperCup 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 in his first year at the club, finishing only one point ahead of Sporting Clube de Portugal, and two of Benfica. In the Champions League, Porto reached the first knockout round, but were eliminated by Chelsea, 2–3 on aggregate.
The 2007–08 saw a great run by a Porto team that won the 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. 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.
2008–09 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 to that, Porto also achieved a domestic double, beating Paços de Ferreira 1–0 in the final of the Portuguese Cup, 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 Jesualdo Ferreira with a two-year contract extension.
Despite previous success, 2009–10 wasn't 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. Not even victories in both the Portuguese Cup and the Portuguese SuperCup were enough to keep the supporters happy, and he was sacked on 26 May 2010.
On 17 June 2010, Málaga CF of the Spanish La Liga signed him 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 one-and-a-half year contract on 20 November 2010. 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, Jesulado Ferreira stayed as the head coach of Panathinaikos despite the economical problems and the break inside the teams operation. After the bad results from Champions League third qualifying rounds he kept the spirit and beliefs and had Panathinaikos 1st in the first round of Superleague and 2nd final to the playoffs. Giannis Alafouzos (the man who inspired and created Panathinaiki Symmaxia) wanted Jesualdo Ferreira on the wheel of the team and made a new 1+1 years contract.
However Ferreira resigned from Panathinaikos on 14 November 2012.
A month after Ferreira resigned from Panathinaikos, Sporting C.P. hired him for an administrative position. In this capacity, he ran all of Sporting's football teams. Coaches answered directly to him.
On 7 January 2013, Sporting sacked its heretofore manager Franky Vercauteren, after a long string of mediocre results. Ferreira replaced Vercauteren. On the 20th of May 2013, Leonardo Jardim was announced as the new manager of the Lisbon club. Consequentely Jesualdo Ferreira was sacked effective immediately.
Braga (second time)
On May 2013, Jesualdo Ferreira was the choice of SC Braga 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 UEFA Champions League.
Jesualdo Ferreira, after being the first manager of António Salvador in 2003, which is considered the birth of modern SC Braga, was the first to coach the team on two different occasions during the command of António Salvador.
Relationship with Mourinho
Curiously, Ferreira and former legendary Porto manager José Mourinho crossed paths in the 1980s, when the current Chelsea coach was a student at the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education and Ferreira was a teacher there. In 2002, when he was briefly the Benfica manager, 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. 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.
- Primeira Liga (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Portuguese Cup (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
- Portuguese SuperCup (1): 2008–09
- CNID Best Portuguese League Coach (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- "Porto docked points, Boavista demoted". uefa.com. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- Jesualdo renova esta tarde com o FC Porto (in Portuguese)
- Jesualdo Ferreira verlängert
- "Ferreira resigned" (in Greek). pao.gr. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Vercauteren aplaude contratação de Jesualdo Ferreira". Abola.pt. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Jesualdo Ferreira é o novo treinador". Record.xl.pt. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "Jesualdo sacked". Sic Notícias. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Jesualdo é o novo treinador do Braga" [Jesualdo is SC Braga new manager]. MSN. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- FC Porto verpflichtet Trainer Jesualdo Ferreira