António Folha

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Dos Santos and the second or paternal family name is Folha.
António Folha
Personal information
Full name António José dos Santos Folha
Date of birth (1971-05-21) 21 May 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Porto B (coach)
Youth career
1981–1982 Canidelo
1982–1989 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–2003 Porto 135 (16)
1989–1991 Gil Vicente (loan) 37 (4)
1992–1993 Braga (loan) 31 (1)
1998–1999 Standard Liège (loan) 25 (3)
2001 Standard Liège (loan) 15 (2)
2002 AEK Athens (loan) 9 (0)
2003–2005 Penafiel 50 (7)
Total 302 (33)
National team
1989 Portugal U20 4 (0)
1990–1992 Portugal U21 9 (1)
1993–1996 Portugal 26 (5)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Penafiel (assistant)
2008–2013 Porto (youth)
2013–2014 Porto B (assistant)
2014 Porto (assistant)
2014–2016 Porto (youth)
2016– Porto B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

António José dos Santos Folha (born 21 May 1971) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a winger, and the current manager of FC Porto B.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 227 games and 22 goals over the course of 12 seasons, mainly in representation of Porto. He also appeared in the competition with Gil Vicente and Braga.

Club career[edit]

Folha was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District. In his career he played mostly for FC Porto, with loan stints in Portugal, Belgium and Greece, being often used as a substitute by his main club where he won a total of 18 major titles (including seven Primeira Liga trophies and five Portuguese Cups); from 1994 to 1996, he had his best years with the northerners, contributing with ten goals in 58 games combined as they won back-to-back national championships.

At the end of the 2002–03 season, aged 32, Folha was finally released by Porto and joined F.C. Penafiel in the second division, helping to a return to the top flight in his first year. He retired from football in 2005, and joined his last team's coaching staff immediately afterwards, also serving a two-season stint as assistant manager, one in each of the major levels.

In 2008, Folha returned to Porto once again, being named assistant with the junior side and remaining in the position for several seasons.

International career[edit]

Folha earned 26 caps for Portugal during a three-year period, and was part of the roster for UEFA Euro 1996, appearing in three games in an eventual quarter-final exit and assisting Ricardo Sá Pinto in the 1–1 group stage draw against Denmark.[1]

Previously, he helped the under-20 team win the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.[2]

António Folha: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 1993 Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–2 0–2 1994 World Cup qualification
2 18 December 1994 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Liechtenstein 6–0 8–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
3 26 January 1995 Rogers Arena, Toronto, Canada  Canada 0–1 1–1 SkyDome Cup
4 21 February 1996 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Germany 1–1 1–2 Friendly
5 29 May 1996 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 0–1 0–1 Friendly





Portugal U-20


  1. ^ "Holders Denmark draw with Portugal". 6 October 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Riade, 25 anos: como foi e onde estão os campeões" [Riyadh, 25 anos: how did it go and where are the champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 

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