Jorvan Vieira

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Jorvan Vieira
Personal information
Full name Jorvan Vieira
Date of birth (1953-05-24) May 24, 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil
Playing position Head Coach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Vasco da Gama
1972–1978 Botafogo
1978–1979 Portuguesa
Teams managed
1980 Qatar SC
1982–1983 Oman U-20
1983–1984 FAR Rabat
1984 Wydad Casablanca
1984 Tihad Sportif Casablanca
1984–1986 IR Tanger
1986 Morocco (Assistant)
1990–1992 Kuwait U-20
1999 Al Qadisiya
2001 Ismaily
2001 Oman U-20
2002 Malaysia U-20
2004–2005 Al Nasr
2005–2007 Al-Ta'ee
2007–2008 Iraq
2008 Sepahan
2008–2009 Iraq
2010–2011 Ittihad Kalba
2011 Bani Yas
2011–2012 Al Sharjah
2012–2013 Zamalek
2013–2014. Kuwait
2014-2015 Zamalek
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorvan Vieira (born May 24, 1953 in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil) is a Brazilian-Moroccan football coach of Portuguese descent.


Playing career[edit]

Vieira began his professional football career after studying Sports Medicine for three years, playing for top Brazilian clubs Vasco da Gama, Botafogo and Portuguesa in the 1970s.[1] He went onto coach all three clubs after hanging up his boots and since those days has coached 26 club teams and five national squads.

Coaching career[edit]

Vieira took his first overseas position in 1980 when he became coach of Qatar Sports Club for a season before taking charge of the Oman Under-20 side a year later. He then moved on to Africa where he spent over eight years in Morocco. During that time he managed several Moroccan club sides including FAR Rabat, whom he led to the 1987 and 1989 league championships and the 1986 Moroccan Cup, as well as Wydad Athletic Club, TS Casablanca and IR Tanger.

Vieira was appointed assistant manager to the Moroccan national side for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Alongside compatriot José Faria he led Morocco into the second round of the tournament as group winners ahead of England, Portugal and Poland,[2] becoming the first African side to do so in the process.

He then managed the Kuwait under-20 side[3] before having an impressive spell and leading Al Qadisiya to the Kuwaiti league title, which was followed by further success when he was in charge of Egyptian club Al-Ismaili in 2001. Vieira was re-appointed as the coach of the Oman Under-20 side in the same year. After spending a year in the job, Vieira went on to coach the Malaysia Under-20 side before returning to Oman, where he led Al-Nasr Salalah to the Sultan Qaboos Cup, and was manager of Al-Ta'ee in Saudi Arabia.[4]

On December 26, 2007, it was officially announced that Vieira signed a one-year contract with Mes Kerman F.C. in the Iran Pro League for an approximate fee of $640,000.[5] Yet a few days later on 29 December the deal fell through due to financial reasons.[6]

On February 2, 2008, Vieira signed an 18-month contract with AFC Champions League 2007 finalists Sepahan F.C..[7] Vieira was sacked by Sepahan F.C. on June 9, 2008, 12 months before his contract would expire.[8]

After the announcement of Luiz Felipe Scolari's departure from the Portuguese National Team, Vieira was being touted among possible successors to the charismatic Brazilian boss, but the post was eventually awarded to former Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz in July 2008.

Vieira signed a one-year contract with Iraq on September 2, 2008, where he led them to the Gulf Cup.[9] On 5 February 2009 the Iraqi football federation sacked the Brazilian coach.

On August 10, 2012, Zamalek announced officially that Vieira would be Zamalek's new manager.

On 10 August 2013, Jorvan Vieira was named coach of Kuwait's national side. The Brazilian led Iraq's national side to success in the 2007 Asian Cup. [10]

Asian Cup success[edit]

Less than two months ahead of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals Viera was named coach of war-torn Iraq. Incredibly, he led Iraq to the 2007 Asian Cup title after stunning the pre-tournament favourites Australia in a 3–1 victory,[11] edging Korea on penalties[12] and finally upsetting regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia 1–0 in the final.[13] The goal was scored by captain Younis Mahmoud. Vieira immediately confirmed he would not be staying on in the role, citing the unsettled nature of the Iraq football administration.

Personal life[edit]

  • Jorvan Vieira is a Muslim. He converted to Islam while coaching Morocco, he says about this: "Reports have suggested that I converted to Islam but 'converted' is not the right term – I wasn't religious before. Nor is it true that I only became a Muslim because of my Arab wife, as has also been claimed".[3][14][15]
  • He can speak 7 languages, including Arabic.[3]
  • He holds a doctorate in sports sciences from France.[3]
  • He is the son of a Portuguese father, a Brazilian mother and is married to Khadija Fahim, a Moroccan woman.[16] As the result of this he holds Brazilian, Portuguese and Moroccan nationalities.[17] After winning the 2007 AFC Asian Cup he earned the Iraqi passport.
  • Jorvan thinks of himself mainly as being Portuguese, confesses that he always carries with him his Portuguese passport, and that his identification cards at football matches identify him as being Portuguese. In an interview to the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, he even states that in the future, he wants to live the rest of his life in Portugal, and that he plans to coach a Portuguese football club.[18]


  1. ^ [1] The World Game Article
  2. ^ [2] The Star Online
  3. ^ a b c d [3] Soccerblog Profile
  4. ^ [4] AFC Asian Cup Official Website
  5. ^ "Mes Officials Begin Negotiations, Former Iraqi NT Head Coach in Kerman with 600 Mil". Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Vieira parts company with Mes". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Sepahan names Vieira as new coach". Retrieved 2008-02-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Vieira released by Sepahan". Retrieved 2008-06-10. [dead link]
  9. ^ [5] ESPN
  10. ^
  11. ^ [6] The Australian Newspaper
  12. ^ [7] The International Herald Tribune Newspaper
  13. ^ [8] BBC Sports News
  14. ^ [9] The Sun Newspaper
  15. ^ [10] If ever anyone needed a win ...
  16. ^ Veja magazine, # 2020, Editora Abril, p.101, August 8, 2007
  17. ^ [11] The Journal Record
  18. ^ [12] Diário de Notícias Newspaper

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