Ricardo Sá Pinto
|Full name||Ricardo Manuel Andrade S. Sá Pinto|
|Date of birth||10 October 1972|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||OFI Crete (Manager)|
|2010–2011||União Leiria (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He was known for his fighting spirit, best displayed in his Sporting stints – he was dubbed by the club's fans "Ricardo Lion Heart". In a career which was cut short by injury and suspension, he appeared in 230 Portuguese top division games (scoring 51 goals), also playing abroad in Spain for two years.
Born in Porto, Sá Pinto made is professional debuts with local S.C. Salgueiros, and soon represented the Portuguese under-21s, helping the side reach the 1994 UEFA European Football Championship final.
In the 1994–95 season, Sá Pinto joined first division powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal. After some solid performances he attracted the attention of La Liga side Real Sociedad, scoring in his first official game for his new club, a 3–3 home draw against Real Oviedo on 30 August 1998.
After 70 matches and six goals (only two seasons of action due to international suspension) in Spain, Sá Pinto returned to Sporting, where he played six further years, troubled by many injuries, although he eventually gained club captaincy. In the 2006–07 campaign he joined fellow Portuguese international Sérgio Conceição at Standard Liège – with Jorge Costa having retired at the club in the summer – in the Belgian top level, and retired at almost 35.
In early November 2009 Sá Pinto returned to Sporting, replacing former teammate Pedro Barbosa as director of football as coach Paulo Bento was sacked following a string of poor performances/results. On 21 January 2010, following a physical confrontation with club player Liédson in the team's locker room after the 4–3 home win against C.D. Mafra for the season's Portuguese Cup, he immediately presented his resignation.
In 2010 Sá Pinto had his first coaching experience, being named assistant manager at União de Leiria, under Pedro Caixinha. On 13 February 2012, after a spell with Sporting's juniors, he was appointed first-team manager, replacing fired Domingos Paciência.
On 25 May 2012, even though Sporting could only rank fourth in the league and lost the domestic cup final, Sá Pinto signed a new two-year contract with the Lions. On 4 October, however, following a 0–3 away loss against Videoton FC – led by former national teammate Paulo Sousa – for the season's UEFA Europa League, he was relieved of his duties.
Pinto was appointed at Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade on 18 March 2013, winning the first eight SuperLiga matches in charge of the club but resigining his post on 19 June, in disagreement with its board of directors.
Sá Pinto received 45 caps for Portugal, 25 with Sporting and 20 for Real Sociedad, scoring nine goals. His first game was on 7 September 1994 in a 2–1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, in which he netted the second goal; he played at UEFA Euro 1996, netting the equalizer against Denmark (1–1) in the group stage opener, and Euro 2000.
On 26 March 1997 Sá Pinto assaulted national team coach Artur Jorge, upon hearing the news of not having been picked up for a match. The player travelled to Estádio Nacional in Lisbon where the team was practicing, and punched Jorge in the face, being banned for one year from all national and international competitions.
|1||9 June 1996||Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England||Denmark||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 1996|
|2||6 September 1998||Puskás Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–1||1–3||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|3||6 September 1998||Puskás Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–2||1–3||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|4||26 March 1999||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques (1965), Guimarães, Portugal||Azerbaijan||1–0||7–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|5||9 June 1999||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||Liechtenstein||1–0||8–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|6||9 June 1999||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||Liechtenstein||3–0||8–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|7||23 February 2000||Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium||Belgium||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|8||2 June 2000||Estádio Municipal de Chaves, Chaves, Portugal||Wales||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|9||3 September 2000||Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||0–3||1–3||2002 World Cup qualification|
- Portuguese League: 2001–02
- Portuguese Cup: 1994–95, 2001–02
- Portuguese Supercup: 2000, 2002
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2004–05
- Sá Pinto's misery continues; UEFA.com, 19 January 2002
- Knee trouble sidelines Sá Pinto; UEFA.com, 22 September 2005
- Fresh starts for Tommasi and Sá Pinto
- Enough is enough for Sá Pinto
- Sá Pinto wird Sportdirektor (Sá Pinto becomes general manager); Transfermarkt, 12 November 2009 (German)
- Sporting director quits after reported fracas; USA Today, 21 January 2010
- Sporting: Domingos out, Sa Pinto in; PortuGOAL, 13 February 2012
- Ufficiale: Sporting Lisbona, rinnova il tecnico Sa Pinto (Official: Sporting Lisbon, coach Sa Pinto renews); Tutto Mercato, 25 May 2012 (Italian)
- Official – Sá Pinto relieved of his duties; Oceano appointed caretaker coach; PortuGOAL, 4 October 2012
- Red Star Belgrade turn to Sa Pinto; FIFA.com, 19 March 2013
- Sa Pinto quits as Crvena Zvezda coach; FIFA.com, 19 June 2013
- Sá Pinto forced into early retirement; UEFA.com, 27 April 2006
- Ricardo Sá Pinto at footballzz.co.uk
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Ricardo Sá Pinto at National-Football-Teams.com