Jorge Jesus

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pinheiro and the second or paternal family name is De Jesus.
Jorge Jesus
Jorge Jesus SLB.jpg
Jesus as a Benfica coach (2013)
Personal information
Full name Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus
Date of birth (1954-07-24) 24 July 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Amadora, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica (manager)
Youth career
1969–1971 Estrela da 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 38 (4)
1983–1984 Farense 24 (0)
1984–1987 Estrela da Amadora
1987–1988 Atlético
1988–1989 Benfica Castelo Branco
1989–1990 Almancilense
Teams managed
1990–1993 Amora
1993–1996 Felgueiras
1997–1998 Felgueiras
1998 União Madeira
1998–2000 Estrela da Amadora
2000–2002 Vitória Setúbal
2002–2003 Estrela da 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.

He started his career with Sporting CP, going on to play for 12 other clubs in 17 years as a professional, which included nine Primeira Liga seasons.

In 1990 Jesus began a coaching career, and his first stop in the main category was with Felgueiras in the 1995–96 campaign. He went on to work with several teams, arriving at Benfica in 2009 and winning eight major titles and reaching two UEFA Europa League finals during his spell.

Playing career[edit]

Jesus, son of Virgolino António de Jesus who played for Sporting CP in the 1940s, was born in Amadora, Lisbon, and finished his football formation with the same club, making his top flight debut 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 and starting once as the Lisbon club finished in fifth place.[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 166 games and 14 goals.

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

Managerial 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 S.C. 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 in 2012

On 16 June 2009, Jesus replaced Quique Flores at the helm of S.L. Benfica. In his first year he led the Reds to the first division title after a five-year wait, with only two league defeats and 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] but by winning it Benfica became the only club to win all Portuguese competitions.

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 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] When police attempted to clear Benfica supporters from the pitch at the end of a match at Guimarães in September, he became physically involved, taking the side of supporters while obstructing the police.[22] The Portuguese Football Federation gave him a 30-day suspension, which meant he would miss four league matches, and fined him 5,355.[23]

On 11 February 2014 Jesus won his tenth game (2–0) against Sporting, which draw two and won only one as an opposing coach. On 20 March, he surpassed John Mortimore's 1985–86 record of 918 minutes without conceding a goal at home matches.

Jesus led Benfica to its 33rd title on 20 April 2014, and became the second Portuguese coach to win two national championships for the club after Toni.[24] Four days earlier the team had beat F.C. Porto 3–1 in spite of being reduced to ten men with 1 hour left to play, thus reaching the final of the Portuguese Cup for the second consecutive time.[25]

On 28 April 2014 Jesus managed to put Benfica in another final, that of the domestic League Cup, eliminating Porto at the Dragão on penalties in spite of being reduced to ten men with 1 hour left to play again.[26] The trophy was won at Leiria on 7 May against Rio Ave FC, securing his fourth in the competition and the club's fifth.[27]

On 1 May 2014 Jesus helped the club progress to its second consecutive Europa League final, by defeating Juventus 2–1 on aggregate after a goalless draw in Turin.[28] The Portuguese lost on penalties 13 days later in the same city to Sevilla FC[29][30] and he stated that referee Felix Brych overlooked three penalty decisions for Benfica.[31]

On 18 May 2014, after seeing out Rio Ave in the Portuguese Cup final, Jesus became the first Portuguese manager and the seventh overall to win the double for Benfica (the tenth in the club's history). He also became the first coach in Portugal to conquer the domestic treble in one season (the club's first ever).[32] On 10 August 2014, Jesus won its first Supertaça, as he surpassed János Biri as the manager with most matches at Benfica (273) and also tied with Cosme Damião in number of trophies won (8), surpassing both János Biri and Otto Glória. He became the only coach to win all four Portuguese competitions in a year.[33][34]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record[edit]

As of 21 September 2014[35]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Felgueiras 1 November 1993 12 May 1996 98 38 28 32 119 107 +12 38.78
Felgueiras 23 February 1997 11 January 1998 34 17 6 11 43 34 +9 50.00
União Madeira 11 April 1998 17 May 1998 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 33.33
Estrela Amadora 1 July 1998 14 May 2000 73 23 28 22 79 79 +0 31.51
Setúbal 4 October 2000 22 January 2002 30 18 5 7 58 40 +18 60.00
Estrela Amadora 2 February 2002 4 March 2003 41 21 9 11 50 41 +9 51.22
Vitória Guimarães 10 December 2003 10 May 2004 22 7 6 9 17 21 -4 31.82
Moreirense 5 April 2005 24 May 2005 7 2 3 2 9 7 +2 28.57
União Leiria 26 September 2005 11 May 2006 30 13 6 11 43 34 +9 43.33
Belenenses 30 May 2006 19 May 2008 75 33 15 27 94 78 +16 44.00
Braga 20 May 2008 16 June 2009 53 27 14 12 77 35 +42 50.94
Benfica 17 June 2009 present 279 194 46 39 578 225 +353 69.53
Total 748 395 168 185 1,175 708 +467 52.81

Performance timeline[edit]

Key
Competition League Cup League Cup Super Cup Champions League Europa League
Club Season Country Europe (UEFA)
União de Leiria
2005–06 7th 4R - - - -
Belenenses
2006–07 5th RU - - - -
2007–08 8th 4R 3R - - 1R
Braga
2008–09 5th 4R 2R - - Last 16
Benfica
2009–10 W 4R W - - QF
2010–11 2nd SF W RU GS SF
2011–12 2nd 5R W - QF -
2012–13 2nd RU SF - GS RU
2013–14 W W W - GS RU
2014–15 W

Honours[edit]

Managerial[edit]

Amora [36]
Belenenses [36]
Braga [36]
Benfica [36]

Individual[edit]

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 a daughter Tânia (1977) and a son Gonçalo (1979).[40][41]

Jesus had over €1 million invested in the Banco Privado Português (BPP), when it went bankrupt in 2009.[42] He recovered eighty percent of that amount in March 2014.[43]

References[edit]

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  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. 
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  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)
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  25. ^ "Benfica 3–1 Porto (agg 3–2): Andre Gomes books Eagles' Portuguese Cup final place as Jorge Jesus and Ricardo Quaresma see red and fans invade pitch in stormy clash". Daily Mail. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
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  30. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  31. ^ ""Fomos prejudicados em três grandes penalidades" – Jorge Jesus" ["We were robbed of three penaltys" – Jorge Jesus] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
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  41. ^ "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. 
  42. ^ "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. 
  43. ^ "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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