Nelo Vingada

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Nelo Vingada
Vingada as head coach of Persepolis
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Manuel Martinho Vingada
Date of birth (1953-03-30) March 30, 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Serpa, Portugal
Club information
Current team
Iran Olympic (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1974 Atlético CP
1974–1975 Sintrense
1975–1979 Belenenses
Teams managed
1981–1982 Belenenses
1982–1983 Académica de Coimbra
1983–1984 Sintrense
1984–1986 Vilafranquense
1988–1991 Portugal U-20 (assistant)
1993–1994 Portugal
1994–1995 Portugal U-20
1995–1996 Portugal Olympic
1996–1997 Saudi Arabia
1997–1998 Benfica (assistant)
1999–2003 Marítimo
2003–2004 El Zamalek
2004–2005 Egypt Olympic
2005–2007 Académica de Coimbra
2007 Wydad Casablanca
2007–2009 Jordan
2009 Persepolis
2009 Viroria
2009–2010 FC Seoul
2011–2012 Dalian Shide
2013–2014 Iran (assistant)
2014– Iran Olympic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada, known as Nelo Vingada (born March 30, 1953 in Serpa, Portugal) is a Portuguese football coach who is currently the manager of the Iran national under-23 football team.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Early years[edit]

His first steps as a professional football coach were in Belenenses, and then in Académica de Coimbra in the 1982–83 season, when he was assistant manager for Mário Wilson at Académica. Sintrense and Vilafranquense were his following teams as a manager.

In the 1986–87 season, Vingada was appointed as an assistant manager for Portugal U-20 along with Carlos Queiroz. He was the assistant coach for the Portuguese squad in the World Youth Championships of 1989 in Riyadh and 1991 in Lisbon with Carlos Queiroz as head coach, both won by Portugal.

Portugal U-20[edit]

Vingada was appointed as a head coach for Portugal U-20 and his team participated in 1995 World Youth Championship. In this tournament, Portugal U-20 ended in the third place

The Portugal Olympic football team under his management participated in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and after a win over Tunisia (2–0) and 1–1 draws against Argentina and the United States, they ended in second place in Group A with the same points and goal difference as the first-placed Argentinians (but with lesser goals scored). Then in the quarter-finals, a win over France (2–1) after extra-time assured them a place in the semi-finals. Once again they played against Argentina, but this time the South Americans won 2–0. For the bronze medal match, they faced a strong Brazil full of world stars such as Bebeto, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, among others. Portugal was heavily defeated by 5–0. This participation remains to this day as their best ever ending with the fourth place.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

In the 1996–97 season, Vingada became the manager of the Saudi Arabian national team, winning the Asian Cup in 1996, and qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, before being sacked from his position prior to the World Cup. In the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons, Vingada worked as an assistant manager for top Portuguese club Benfica, along with Graeme Souness as principal manager.

Return to Portugal[edit]

Between 1999 and 2003, Vingada was the manager of Marítimo, a Portuguese team from Madeira, and helped the team stay in the Portuguese Liga and qualify once to the Portuguese cup final. In 2003, new Portuguese Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz proposed Vingada as assistant coach on June 27 but Carlos Queiroz's proposition was not accepted.[2]


In the 2003–04 season, Vingada became the manager of Egyptian club El Zamalek. He helped the team win the Egyptian premier league, the Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup, and the African Super Cup against Wydad Casablanca, all in one season. He was later dismissed from his position at the club due to disagreements from the club board with his controversial managing policies and his continuous conflicts with top players at the Egyptian club.

In the 2004–05 season, he became the manager of Académica de Coimbra.

Egypt and Jordan[edit]

In 2005, he became the head coach of the Egyptian national U-23 football team. The team failed to reach the Olympic Games which were being held in Beijing in 2008, which was the main target of his signing. Although the Egyptian Football Association wanted Vingada to continue coaching the team, he decided to resign from his position.

In summer 2007, Vingada signed for Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca. Only six weeks after he had assumed the new position, he surprisingly resigned. The main reason was that he had been approached by the Jordan Football Association to replace the newly resigned Mahmoud El-Gohary. Vingada accepted the offer to coach Jordan national football team and signed a 16-month contract with the Jordan Football Association. Vingada later took on the mission to prepare the Jordanian team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.[3] After failing to pass the first round of the qualifiers, Vingada decided to resign from his position.


On February 9, 2009, Vingada was officially appointed as head coach of Iranian football side Persepolis.[4]

On June 17, 2009, just after five days of signing with Al-Ahly he resigned from his position due to family problems.[5]

Vitoria S.C.[edit]

On June 24, 2009, he was named as head coach Vitoria S.C. in his homeland Portugal and on October 7, 2009 he after four months due to poor results.[6]

FC Seoul[edit]

He officially became a manager of FC Seoul of South Korea in January 2010. On December 5, 2010 after winning a game for 2–1, he became the Champion of South Korea, it was the first time in ten years for FC Seoul. Vingada won the K-League Cup, K-League with FC Seoul.[7] [8][9] His K-League record was 20 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses in the 2010 season. His winning percentage 71% is a record high in the K-League. On December 13, 2010, FC Seoul offered a oneyear contract extension but FC Seoul and Vingada did not agree on the salary conditions. So Vingada went back to Portugal.[10][11] Vingada became head coach of Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide on August 28, 2011, two days after he was named as one of the candidates for managing Egypt national football team.

Iran U-23[edit]

After assisting Carlos Queiroz and the Iran national football team during the qualifiers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he became the manager of the Iran Olympic team, signing a one-year contract for the qualifiers of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[12]



Portugal U-20


National team[edit]

Portugal U-20

FIFA U-20 World Cup:[13] Third 1995

Portugal Olympic
Saudi Arabia


Zamalek SC
FC Seoul


  1. ^ Vingada joins to Iran national team staff
  2. ^ "Pictured dated 12 February 2002 of Portuguese soccer coach Nelo Vingada". June 29, 2003. 
  3. ^ Eduardo Nelo Vingada – Nationaltrainer von Jordanien ...[dead link]
  4. ^ Iran: Nelo Vingada Resigns As Persepolis Coach –
  5. ^ Vingada U-turn on Ahly job
  6. ^ Comunicado do prof. Nelo Vingada
  7. ^ "FC Seoul becomes Cup Winners". FC August 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Seoul take title". December 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ "FC Seoul lifts the championship trophy". FC December 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ "빙가다 감독 '굿바이 코리아', 14일 한국 떠나" (in Korean). Sportchosun. December 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ Egyptian FA chairman Samir Zaher announced on August 24, 2011 that they have reached an agreement with Nelo Vingada, on coaching the Egyptian national team, and that only a few tiny details remain to be sorted out.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Portugal Team Squad". 
  14. ^ "Portugal Team Squad".