Jorge Jesus

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Jorge Jesus
Jorge Jesus 2012.jpg
Jesus as a Benfica coach (2012)
Personal information
Full name Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus
Date of birth (1954-07-24) 24 July 1954 (age 59)
Place of birth Amadora, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Benfica (coach)
Youth career
1969–1971 Estrela Amadora
1971–1973 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1976 Sporting CP 12 (1)
1973–1974 → Peniche (loan)
1974–1975 Olhanense (loan) 29 (5)
1976–1977 Belenenses 13 (0)
1977–1978 Riopele 28 (3)
1978–1979 Juventude Évora
1979–1980 União Leiria 22 (1)
1980–1983 Vitória Setúbal 39 (3)
1983–1984 Farense 24 (0)
1984–1987 Estrela Amadora
1987–1988 Atlético
1988–1989 Benfica Castelo Branco
1989–1990 Almancilense
Teams managed
1989–1993 Amora
1993–1996 Felgueiras
1997–1998 Felgueiras
1998 União Madeira
1998–2000 Estrela Amadora
2000–2002 Vitória Setúbal
2002–2003 Estrela Amadora
2003–2004 Vitória Guimarães
2005 Moreirense
2005–2006 União Leiria
2006–2008 Belenenses
2008–2009 Braga
2009– Benfica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus (born 24 July 1954) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right midfielder, and the current manager of S.L. Benfica.

Playing career[edit]

Jesus, son of Jesus Virgolino who played for Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 1940s, was born in Amadora, Lisbon, and finished his football formation precisely with the top division giants, making his top flight debuts with S.C. Olhanense on loan from the Lions.

He played with Sporting's first team in the 1975–76 season, appearing in 12 matches (one start) as the capital club finished in fifth position.[1] Subsequently released, he played in the country's top flight in seven of the following eight years, representing C.F. Os Belenenses, Grupo Desportivo Riopele, Juventude de Évora, União de Leiria, Vitória de Setúbal and S.C. Farense, amassing totals in the category of 167 games and 13 goals.

Jesus retired in 1989 at the age of 35, after spells in the second (mainly with hometown's C.F. Estrela da Amadora) and third levels.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After starting as a manager with lowly Amora FC, Jesus moved in November 1993 to F.C. Felgueiras as a replacement for Rodolfo Reis, helping the club promote to the top flight in his second season and being in and out of the team until January 1998, with Felgueiras back in division two.[2][3]

Subsequently he led former team Estrela da Amadora to two consecutive eighth-place finishes in the first division and, in quick succession, managed both Vitória de Setúbal and Amadora, celebrating top flight promotions with both even though he was fired by the latter in March 2003.[4][5] In 2003–04 he helped Vitória de Guimarães narrowly avoid relegation, finishing two points ahead of first relegated team F.C. Alverca.[6]

In the following four years, always in division one, Jesus was in charge of Moreirense FC (suffering relegation), União de Leiria and Belenenses, finishing fifth with the latter and qualifying to the UEFA Cup, and adding a presence in the 2007 Portuguese Cup final, losing 0–1 to Sporting.

On 20 May 2008, one day after leaving Belenenses, Jesus took over at Sporting Clube de Braga, leading the Minho side to the fifth position in the league and the round-of-16 in the UEFA Cup. Highlights in the latter competition included a 3–0 home win against Portsmouth and a last-minute 0–1 defeat to A.C. Milan at the San Siro.

Benfica[edit]

Jesus on the sidelines for Benfica.

On 16 June 2009 Jesus replaced Quique Flores at the helm of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. In his first year he led the Reds to the first division title after a five-year wait (only two league defeats, 78 goals scored), also reaching the quarterfinals in the Europa League, losing to Liverpool on a 3–5 aggregate score (this would be the last match Benfica would lose in a run that lasted 27 games); he quickly implemented a 4–1–3–2 formation which resulted in highly attractive football.[7]

On 5 October 2009 Jesus achieved his 100th victory in the Portuguese League, in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Paços de Ferreira. The following month he experienced his first Derby de Lisboa, which ended in a 0–0 away draw; at the end of the victorious campaign, which also brought the domestic League Cup, the manager was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2013.[8]

After a 2–0 win at VfB Stuttgart for the season's Europa League (4–1 on aggregate), Benfica's first ever victory in Germany, Jesus surpassed the record held by Jimmy Hagan's 1972–73 team, with 16 consecutive wins.[9] During the league campaign, which started without departed Ángel di María and Ramires, the lack of rotation caused a major fatigue in the most used players,[10][11] and the club only conquer the League Cup.[12]

On 10 December 2012, after a 3–1 away victory against Sporting, Jesus became the most successful Portuguese coach in the capital derby with seven wins in a total of nine, surpassing Toni (6/10).[13] On 26 January of the following year he defeated former side Braga at the Estádio Municipal de Braga for the first time, after three defeats and one draw.[14]

On 15 March 2013, in a match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux for the campaign's Europa League, Jesus reached the 200 game-milestone with Benfica, becoming the sixth coach in the club's history to do so.[15] During the season he led the club to its first European final in 23 years: after coming third in its group in the UEFA Champions League, the side reached the final of the Europa League, losing 1–2 to European champions Chelsea.[16][17] Domestically, Benfica finished second in the league despite leading up to second to last day,[18] and reached the reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, their first since 2004–05, suffering an unexpected defeat at the hands of Guimarães;[19] these losses added great pressure on the manager, as the club ended the season trophyless for the first time since 2007–08.[20]

On 4 June 2013, Jesus renewed his contract for a further two seasons.[21] On 22 September, at the end of a 1–0 win at former club Guimarães, he was involved in a bizarre incident as he fought with police officers to rescue a Benfica fan, who ran onto the pitch to celebrate with the team;[22] on 19 November he was handed a 30-day suspension by the Portuguese Football Federation,[23] and fined 5.355,[24] missing four league games as a result.

On 11 February 2014, Jorge Jesus won his tenth match (2–0) against Sporting which draw two and won one. On 20 March, Jesus surpassed John Mortimore's 1985–86 record of 918 minutes without suffering a goal at home matches.

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Amora
Belenenses
Braga
Benfica

Individual[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 October 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Felgueiras Portugal 1 November 1993 12 May 1996 98 38 28 32 119 107 +12 38.78
Felgueiras Portugal 23 February 1997 11 January 1998 34 17 6 11 43 34 +9 50.00
União Madeira Portugal 11 April 1998 17 May 1998 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 33.33
Estrela Amadora Portugal 1 July 1998 14 May 2000 73 23 28 22 79 79 +0 31.51
Setúbal Portugal 4 October 2000 22 January 2002 30 18 5 7 58 40 +18 60.00
Estrela Amadora Portugal 2 February 2002 4 March 2003 41 21 9 11 50 41 +9 51.22
Vitória Guimarães Portugal 10 December 2003 10 May 2004 22 7 6 9 17 21 −4 31.82
Moreirense Portugal 5 April 2005 24 May 2005 7 2 3 2 9 7 +2 28.57
União Leiria Portugal 26 September 2005 11 May 2006 30 13 6 11 43 34 +9 43.33
Belenenses Portugal 30 May 2006 19 May 2008 75 33 15 27 94 78 +16 44.00
Braga Portugal 20 May 2008 16 June 2009 53 27 14 12 77 35 +42 50.94
Benfica Portugal 17 June 2009 Present 226 154 37 35 478 195 +283 68.14
Total 695 355 159 181 1,075 678 +397 51.08

Performance Timeline[edit]

Key
Competition League Cup League Cup Super Cup Champions League Europa League
Club Season Country Europe (UEFA)
Portugal União de Leiria
2005-06 7th 4R - - - -
Portugal Belenenses
2006-07 5th F - - - -
2007-08 8th 4R 3R - - 1R
Portugal Braga
2008-09 5th 4R 2R - - Last 16
Portugal Benfica
2009-10 W 4R W - - QF
2010-11 2nd SF W RU GS SF
2011-12 2nd 5R W - QF -
2012-13 2nd F SF - GS F
2013-14 1st F SF - GS SF

Personal life[edit]

Jesus married his second wife, Ivone, in 1991, and the couple had a son, Mauro (born 1994). From his previous marriage, he had daughter Tania (1977) and son Gonçalo (1979).[26][27]

Jesus had over €1 million invested in the Banco Privado Português (BPP), when it went bankrupt in 2009.[28] He recovered eighty percent of that amount in March 2014.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Época 1975/76: Primeira Divisão" [1975/76 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jorge Jesus antes e depois" [Jorge Jesus before and after] (in Portuguese). Fotos Antes e Depois. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tri inédito na vida de Jesus" [First three-peat in life of Jesus] (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Estrela da Amadora vence na estreia de Jorge Jesus" [Estrela da Amadora wins in debut of Jorge Jesus] (in Portuguese). TSF. 2 February 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jorge Jesus despedido" [Jorge Jesus sacked] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 March 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vitoria Guimaraes sack coach Augusto Inacio". Soccerway. 9 December 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Benfica – the most attractive side in Europe?". Zonal Marking. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Jorge Jesus signs new Benfica deal; UEFA.com, 14 May 2010
  9. ^ Benfica estabelece recorde de vitórias consecutivas (Benfica establishes record for consecutive wins); Record, 24 February 2011 (Portuguese)
  10. ^ "Salvio com fratura no dedo do pé" [Salvio fractures toe] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lesão afasta Gaitán" [Injury ousts Gaitán] (in Portuguese). Futebol Tuga. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Benfica vence Taça da Liga" [Benfica wins League Cup] (in Portuguese). Cap Magellan. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  13. ^ O ´derby` que consagrou Jorge Jesus (The derby that crowned Jorge Jesus); A Bola, 11 December 2012 (Portuguese)
  14. ^ "Braga 1–2 Benfica". PortuGOAL. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Jorge Jesus: 200 jogos pelo Benfica" [Jorge Jesus: 200 games for Benfica] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jorge Jesus hopes to resurrect Benfica and break European curse". The Guardian. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Europa League – Ivanovic heads Chelsea to last-gasp glory against Benfica". Eurosport Yahoo. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Porto beats Benfica to take control of title race". Mail.com. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Benfica's Portuguese cup defeat caps disastrous finale". BBC Sport. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Guimarães claim famous cup win". PortuGOAL. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Benfica coach fights with police to protect fan". Inside World Soccer. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jorge Jesus suspenso 30 dias" [Jorge Jesus suspended for 30 days] (in Portuguese). Record. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jorge Jesus multado em € 5.355" [Jorge Jesus fined € 5.355] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Josef “Jupp” Heynckes is the world’s best club coach 2013". iffhs.de. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  26. ^ "Família de Jorge Jesus em peso no Dragão" [Jorge Jesus' family takes over Dragão] (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Jorge Jesus A vida dele é o futebol..." [Jorge Jesus His life is football...] (in Portuguese). Maurício Resende Blogspot. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Jorge Jesus tem um milhão de euros congelados no BPP" [Jorge Jesus has one million euros frozen in BPP] (in Portuguese). IOnline. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Jesus recupera 800 mil euros do BPP" [Jorge Jesus recovers €800.000 from BPP] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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