Juca

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Juca
Personal information
Full name Júlio Cernadas Pereira
Date of birth (1929-01-13)13 January 1929
Place of birth Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
Date of death 11 October 2007(2007-10-11) (aged 78)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1949 Sporting Lourenço Marques
1949–1958 Sporting CP 179 (9)
National team
1952–1956 Portugal 6 (0)
Teams managed
1961–1963 Sporting CP
1964–1965 Sporting CP
1967–1968 Vitória Guimarães
1969–1972 Académica
1973–1974 Barreirense
1975–1976 Sporting CP
1976–1979 Académica
1977–1978 Portugal
1979–1980 Belenenses
1980–1982 Portugal
1982–1983 Braga
1987–1989 Portugal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Júlio Cernadas Pereira (13 January 1929 – 11 October 2007), aka Juca, was a Portuguese football midfielder and coach.

Most of his career was associated with Sporting, as both player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

The son of Portuguese parents who had settled in Mozambique, Juca was born in Lourenço Marques, and started playing professionally with local Sporting de Lourenço Marques, as a goalkeeper.[1] In 1949 he returned to the land of his ancestors and joined Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he would remain nine years until his retirement at the age of only 29 – due to a knee injury[1]– helping the Lions win five national championships and the 1954 domestic cup.

During nearly four years, Juca gained six caps for Portugal. His first game was a 1–1 draw with Austria on 23 November 1952 in a friendly match in Porto, and his last appearance was in another exhibition game, with Hungary (9 June 1956 in Lisbon, same result).

Coaching career[edit]

Shortly after retiring, in 1960, Juca started managing, his first job being with main club Sporting's under-19. He was promoted to head coach of the first team the following year, being in charge for three 1/2 of the following five years, and winning the 1962 and 1966 leagues (he was only in charge for four matches in the latter campaign however) and the 1963 Portuguese Cup.

After spending the following years with three clubs, namely Académica de Coimbra – he was also inactive in some seasons – Juca returned to Sporting for the 1975–76 season, being fired after the team could only rank in fifth position, 12 points behind champions S.L. Benfica.

In his second spell with the Coimbra outfit, Juca accumulated and worked for the first time as coach of the Portuguese national team – in 1968 he had already worked in Brazilian Otto Glória's staff[2]- winning three games during the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and finishing second to Poland in its group, but faring worse in the 1982 edition (fourth position);[3] both campaigns ended in failure to reach the final stages.

Juca was again in charge of the national side for the 1990 World Cup qualification, missing it by just two points in the favour of Czechoslovakia. After being dismissed, he returned to Sporting Clube de Portugal, working until 2004 as director of football and youth coordinator.[1] He died at the age of 78.

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