José Couceiro

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José Couceiro
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Personal information
Full name José Júlio de Carvalho Peyroteo Martins Couceiro
Date of birth (1962-10-04) October 4, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Club information
Current team
Estoril Praia (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Montijo
1982–1985 Berreirense
1985–1986 Atlético CP
1986–1988 Torreense
1988–1989 Oriental
1989–1991 Torreense
1991–1992 Estrela da Amadora
Teams managed
2002–2004 Alverca
2004–2005 Vitória de Setúbal
2005 Porto
2005–2006 Belenenses
2006–2007 Portugal U-21
2008 Kaunas
2008–2010 Lithuania
2009–2010 Gaziantepspor
2011 Sporting CP (caretaker)
2011–2012 Lokomotiv Moscow
2013–2014 Vitória de Setubal
2014– Estoril Praia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Júlio de Carvalho Peyroteo Martins Couceiro (born 4 October 1962[1]) is a Portuguese football manager. He is the current manager of Estoril Praia. He has served as president for the Portuguese Professional Football Players' Union (Portuguese: Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol). He managed Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the 'Big Three' clubs from Portuguese football. He is a known fan of the Lisbon side, and related to club legend and member of "The Five Violins" Fernando Peyroteo, through his mother.

Managerial career[edit]

As a manager, Couceiro's career is marked with the relegation of Alverca in the 2003–04 season. He bounced back with a good run with Vitória de Setúbal, and won the best Portuguese coach prize. He then signed for FC Porto on 1 February 2005, going on to Belenenses during the 2005–06 season. In August 2006, he was appointed manager of the Portuguese under-21 team, reaching positive results in the UEFA Championships.

He was then appointed the head coach of FBK Kaunas, the Lithuanian A Lyga club controlled by Vladimir Romanov, in July 2008. On 5 August 2008, Kaunas, playing in a UEFA Champions League play-off match, beat 2007 UEFA Cup finalists Rangers of Scotland 2–1 on aggregate to qualify for the third round for the first time in their history. He became head coach of the Lithuanian national team on 14 August 2008.[2] In his first competitive match as manager, Lithuania defeated Romania 3–0 in Cluj-Napoca for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. After that, they beat Austria 2–0 at home, and the Faroe Islands 1–0. They did not, however, qualify for the World Cup tournament in South Africa.

In April 2009, Couceiro signed as a manager with Turkish side Gaziantepspor.[3]

On February 26, 2011, following the dismissal of Paulo Sergio, Couceiro was named caretaker manager of Sporting CP for the remainder of the season. He then moved to Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2011,[4] however left the club in May 2012 as his contract was not renewed.[5]

After being appointed as the manager of Vitória de Setubal in 2013, he was sacked on 15 May 2014.[6]

Family[edit]

Fernando Peyroteo, the former Sporting Clube de Portugal legend, is Couceiro's granduncle. António César de Vasconcelos Correia, 1st Viscount and 1st Count de Torres Novas and 93rd Governor of India, was his great-great-great-uncle. Augusto de Vasconcelos was his second cousin, three times removed. His father, an engineer also named José Martins Couceiro, born in Angola in 1928 and deceased on 30 September 2005, was the first chairman of the former Clube Académico de Coimbra in 1974. Married to Clara, he is the father of three daughters, Catarina (born 1991), Sofia (born 1994), and Beatriz (born 1996).

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