Pedro Emanuel in 2008
|Full name||Pedro Emanuel Santos M. Silva|
|Date of birth||11 February 1975|
|Place of birth||Luanda, Angola|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In his 16-year professional career he was closely associated with the two biggest teams in Porto, Boavista – he helped it win its first and only first division title in 2001 – and F.C. Porto, being awarded team captaincy in both at one point.
Over the course of 12 seasons Pedro Emanuel amassed Primeira Liga totals of 268 games and two goals, winning 14 major titles between both his main clubs combined. He subsequently became a manager.
Pedro Emanuel was born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola. After three seasons as a professional in Portugal's secondary leagues, with F.C. Marco, A.D. Ovarense and F.C. Penafiel, his performances caught the eye of scouts from Porto side Boavista FC, where he had already played as a youth. During his six-year stay in the team he played a large part in the defensive wall – with fellow stopper Litos, fullbacks Nuno Frechaut and Erivan and goalkeeper Ricardo – that led Boavista to the historical league title in 2001; after Litos left for Málaga CF he captained the team for one season, but a move to a larger club was close.
Prior to the start of the 2002–03 campaign, S.L. Benfica seemed closer to clinching a deal, but it was F.C. Porto, under the guidance of José Mourinho, who signed Emanuel. Part of a strong defense that included Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Nuno Valente, his always effective style earned him the confidence of his manager, and he played in both the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals won by Porto between 2003 and 2004.
In the season following the departure of Mourinho, Pedro Emanuel still managed to appear in the spotlight, as in the 2004 Intercontinental Cup win against Once Caldas, where he scored the decisive penalty, becoming the last player to touch the ball in the competition's history.
In 2005–06, following the decision of Dutch coach Co Adriaanse not wanting a goalkeeper captain (Vítor Baía) and sidelining Jorge Costa, Emanuel was chosen as the side's new captain. He missed the entire following season due to injury, but returned to the starting lineups the following campaign, helping with 19 league appearances as Porto were crowned back-to-back champions.
After only five matches in 2008–09, in a fourth consecutive league accolade, Emanuel retired on 16 June 2009, immediately becoming Porto's U-17 head coach, and guiding it to the national championship, after defeating Sporting Clube de Portugal.
In July 2010 Emanuel returned to Porto's main squad, being named newly signed André Villas-Boas assistant manager. In June of the following year he had his first head coach experience, being appointed at Villas Boas' previous team Académica de Coimbra.
In his first season with the Students, Emanuel narrowly avoided top flight relegation, and also led the club to its first domestic cup since 1939, notably defeating former club Porto 3–0 at home in the fourth round and Sporting in the final (1–0).
Although Angolan-born, Emanuel never represented the Palancas Negras internationally. Some interpreted this as a desire to keep alive the possibility of playing for Portugal, the nation he represented at junior levels.
Prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Emanuel accepted a call-up from Angola, but FIFA confirmed that he and Carlos Chaínho could not represent other teams than Portugal, because of a new law set-up in 2004 which considered playing for junior sides at international level.
- Portuguese League: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Portuguese Cup: 2002–03, 2005–06, 2008–09
- Portuguese Supercup: 2003
- UEFA Cup: 2002–03
- UEFA Champions League: 2003–04
- Intercontinental Cup: 2004
- Porto triumph in World Club Cup; BBC Sport, 13 December 2004
- Achilles agony for Porto skipper; UEFA.com, 13 August 2006
- Pedro Emanuel plots new path at Porto; UEFA.com, 17 June 2009
- F.C. Porto: Pedro Emanuel campeão nacional com os juvenis (F.C. Porto: Pedro Emanuel national champion with U-17s); Mais Futebol, 26 June 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Muralha de aço" [Steel wall] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Porto humbled by Academica; PortuGOAL, 19 November 2011
- Académica derrota Sporting e conquista Taça de Portugal (Académica beats Sporting and wins Portuguese Cup); A Bola, 20 May 2012 (Portuguese)
- Angola plea to FIFA; BBC Sport, 1 May 2006