Sérgio Conceição

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Marceneiro and the second or paternal family name is Da Conceição.
Sérgio Conceição
Personal information
Full name Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição
Date of birth (1974-11-15) 15 November 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Coimbra, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Braga (coach)
Youth career
1986–1991 Académica
1991–1993 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Penafiel 30 (2)
1994–1995 Leça 24 (3)
1995–1996 Felgueiras 30 (4)
1996–1998 Porto 56 (9)
1998–2000 Lazio 63 (7)
2000–2001 Parma 25 (5)
2001–2003 Internazionale 41 (1)
2003–2004 Lazio 7 (0)
2004 Porto 11 (0)
2004–2007 Standard Liège 74 (21)
2007 Al Qadsia 7 (5)
2008–2010 PAOK 37 (4)
Total 405 (61)
National team
1995–1996 Portugal U21 7 (1)
1996–2003 Portugal 56 (12)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Standard Liège (assistant)
2012–2013 Olhanense
2013–2014 Académica
2014– Braga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒiu kõsɐjˈsɐ̃w̃]; born 15 November 1974) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a right winger. He is the current manager of S.C. Braga.

Known for his speed and strength, combined with his good dribbling and crossing skills and fairly accurate shooting,[1] he played for ten different teams, in five countries: after gaining international recognition with Porto he switched to Italy, where he appeared for three clubs. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 97 games and 13 goals over the course of four seasons, adding 136 appearances and 13 goals in Serie A.

Conceição won more than 50 caps for Portugal. He represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship. In 2012, he started working as a manager.

Club career[edit]

Born in Coimbra, Conceição began his career playing for the youth teams of hometown's Associação Académica. He started professionally in the second division, consecutively for F.C. Penafiel, Leça F.C. and F.C. Felgueiras, before moving to powerhouse F.C. Porto in 1996; two highly successful years with the latter saw his runs down the right flank, combined with a good goalscoring record, help it to back-to-back domestic championships and a Portuguese Cup triumph.

Conceição joined S.S. Lazio and played a significant part in their 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup success, while also scoring five goals in 33 games in his first season in Serie A. He also helped the team to a Scudetto, a Coppa Italia (in a 1999–2000 conquest of the double) and the 1999 UEFA Super Cup.

In July 2000 Conceição transferred to Parma A.C. as a makeweight in Hernán Crespo's transfer, along with Matías Almeyda. The following campaign he was used in the same fashion in the transfer of Sébastien Frey, which saw him go to Inter Milan while Frey went in the other direction.[2] After two seasons and a good number of starts, he would eventually leave Inter by mutual agreement and re-joined Lazio, leaving for former club Porto towards the end of 2003–04, again by mutual agreement,[3][4] and adding his third Portuguese national championship.

In the 2004 summer, Conceição signed for Belgium's Standard Liège on a one-year deal.[5] He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for best player of the year in his first season. However, in March 2006, he was banned for three years – the first 4.5 months of the ban taking effect immediately and the rest suspended[6]– depending on good behaviour, for spitting on an opposing player and assaulting a referee.[7]

After the 2006–07 season Conceição failed to win any silverware with Standard, finishing runner-up in 2005–06's league and losing the 2007 final of the Belgian Cup. He decided to move to Kuwait and Qadsia SC on a rather lucrative contract but, quickly unsettled, left.

In January 2008, after failed deals in Portugal, Conceição agreed to join PAOK F.C. in Greece, signing an 18-month contract. His unlikely signing was largely attributed to club director of football Zisis Vryzas, and the presence of Portuguese manager Fernando Santos on the bench; though he initially struggled even to return to proper fitness levels, he was instantly given the number No. 7 shirt, once worn by legendary former player (and also chairman) Theodoros Zagorakis.

In the 2008–09 season, Conceição was promoted to team captain. Along with compatriot Vieirinha, he was a regular on the team's wings and gradually became a fan favorite for his leadership and his devotion to the club. However, at the beginning of the next campaign, he was regularly troubled by knee injuries for the most part of October, managing only a few appearances; on the 13th he announced his decision to retire from professional football, and continue working for the Thessaloniki club as technical director,[8] accepting Vryzas' proposition for the seat Vryzas himself left vacant when he assumed presidency early on.

In late May 2010 Conceição left PAOK and rejoined another former team, being made part of Standard Liège's coaching staff. On 1 January 2012 he began his managerial career, replacing sacked Daúto Faquirá at the helm of S.C. Olhanense.[9]

Conceição was hired as manager of hometown's Académica on 8 April 2013, less than 24 hours after the club dismissed Pedro Emanuel from the post.[10]

International career[edit]

Conceição played 56 times with the Portuguese national team and scored 12 goals, his debut being on 9 November 1996 in a 1–0 home win against Ukraine for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In his last international game he was on the losing end of a 0–3 friendly defeat at the hands of Spain, on 6 September 2003.

Early in his international career Conceição was not known for his scoring prowess but, at UEFA Euro 2000, Portugal reached the semi-finals with a major contribution from him: in the third and final match of the group stage, against defending champions Germany in Rotterdam, he netted a hat-trick for all of the game's goals;[11] the national side had guaranteed first place in the first two rounds, so it played mostly with substitutes, but he cemented his place in the starting XI for the rest of the tournament and subsequent call-ups.

In qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, Conceição scored four goals as Portugal finished atop a group that also featured the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands (netting against both). He was not recalled after 2003.

International goals[edit]

Sérgio Conceição: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 1997 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–0 1998 World Cup qualification
2 26 March 1999 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes, Portugal  Azerbaijan 4–0 7–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
3 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
4 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
5 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
6 7 October 2000 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 2002 World Cup qualification
7 11 October 2000 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 0–1 0–2 2002 World Cup qualification
8 1 September 2001 Camp d'Esports, Lleida, Spain  Andorra 1–6 1–7 2002 World Cup qualification
9 5 September 2001 Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–3 1–3 2002 World Cup qualification
10 27 March 2002 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal  Finland 1–2 1–4 Friendly
11 17 April 2002 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Brazil 1–0 1–1 Friendly
12 16 October 2002 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden 2–1 2–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Lazio
Parma
Standard

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1993–94 Penafiel Liga de Honra 30 2
1994–95 Leça Liga de Honra 24 3
1995–96 Felgueiras Primeira Liga 30 4
1996–97 Porto Primeira Liga 26 1
1997–98 30 8
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Lazio Serie A 33 5
1999–00 30 2
2000–01 Parma Serie A 25 5
2001–02 Inter Serie A 22 1
2002–03 19 0
2003–04 Lazio Serie A 7 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2003–04 Porto Primeira Liga 11 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 27 10
2005–06 25 7
2006–07 22 4
Kuwait League Emir Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Al-Qadsia Kuwaiti Premier League 7 5
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 PAOK Superleague Greece 7 0
2008–09 24 4
2009–10 6 0
Country Portugal 151 18
Italy 136 13
Belgium 74 21
Kuwait 7 5
Greece 37 4
Total 405 61

International[edit]

Portugal
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 0
1997 7 1
1998 3 0
1999 9 1
2000 12 5
2001 6 2
2002 11 3
2003 7 0
Total 56 12

Managerial[edit]

As of 3 July 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Olhanense Portugal 1 January 2012 7 January 2013 34 10 13 11 43 45 -2 29.41
Académica Portugal 8 April 2013 26 May 2014 41 12 14 15 34 45 -11 29.27
Braga Portugal 26 May 2014 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Career totals 75 22 27 26 77 90 -13 29.33

Source: Zerozero[12]

Personal[edit]

Coimbra's municipal government named a local 2,500-seater stadium after him – the Estádio Municipal Sérgio Conceição.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euro 2000 profile; at BBC Sport
  2. ^ Inter in double swoop; BBC Sport, 5 July 2001
  3. ^ Conceição leaves Lazio; BBC Sport, 13 January 2004
  4. ^ Sérgio Conceição back at Porto; UEFA.com, 16 January 2004
  5. ^ Standard set on Sérgio Conceição; UEFA.com, 10 August 2004
  6. ^ Hefty suspension for Conceição; UEFA.com, 11 April 2006
  7. ^ Conceição out of Steaua tie; UEFA.com, 14 August 2006
  8. ^ Δήλωση του Sergio Conceicao; PAOK's official website, 13 October 2009 (Greek)
  9. ^ "Sérgio Conceição é o novo treinador" [Sérgio Conceição is the new manager] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sérgio Conceição é o novo treinador da Académica" [Sérgio Conceição is the new Académica manager] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Portugal host holders
  12. ^ Zerozero
  13. ^ Ultimate accolade for Conceição; UEFA.com, 15 November 2002

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eric Deflandre
Standard Liège Captain
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Steven Defour