Augusto Inácio

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Soares and the second or paternal family name is Inácio.
Augusto Inácio
Personal information
Full name Augusto Soares Inácio
Date of birth (1955-01-30) 30 January 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Moreirense (coach)
Youth career
Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1982 Sporting CP 157 (5)
1982–1989 Porto 142 (4)
Total 299 (9)
National team
1976–1986 Portugal 25 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Rio Ave
1994–1996 Porto (assistant)
1996 Marítimo
1996–1997 Felgueiras
1997–1999 Marítimo
1999 Chaves
1999–2001 Sporting CP
2001–2003 Vitória Guimarães
2004 Belenenses
2004 Al-Ahli
2005–2006 Beira-Mar
2006–2007 Ionikos
2007–2008 Foolad
2008–2009 Interclube
2009–2010 Naval
2010–2011 Leixões
2012 Vaslui
2013 Moreirense
2016– Moreirense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Augusto Soares Inácio (born 30 January 1955) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left back, and the current manager of Moreirense FC.

Having represented both Sporting and Porto as a professional player, he went on to have a lengthy managerial career that would last more than 20 years in four countries (in this capacity, he also worked with both clubs).

A Portugal international for one full decade, Inácio represented the country at the 1986 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Inácio started playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal, signing at the age of 27 for FC Porto and winning several Primeira Liga championships and domestic cups with both clubs. With the latter, he started in both European competition finals played in the 80's: the 1–2 against Juventus F.C. in the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup, and the 1986–87 European Cup, won at the expense of FC Bayern Munich.[1]

Inácio earned 25 caps for Portugal, mainly for Porto. His debut came on 5 December 1976 in a 2–1 win over Cyprus in the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and he represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 World Cup, playing his last international in the latter, a 1–3 group stage loss to Morocco on 11 July.

Managerial career[edit]

After ending his career, Inácio became a football coach. One of his first stops was at former side Porto as part of the Bobby Robson-led coaching staff, helping the northerners to back-to-back league conquests; his first head coach assignment arrived with another former club, as he led Sporting to its first title in 18 years, in 1999–2000.[2] Subsequently, he managed G.D. Chaves, C.S. Marítimo, Vitória S.C. and S.C. Beira-Mar.

In the 2005–06 season, the Aveiro team won the second level, thus achieving promotion. However, Inácio would be sacked just nine games into the following campaign, leaving Beira-Mar with only six points. He then went on to manage Ionikos F.C. in the Superleague Greece, but resigned on 15 January 2007 after a heavy defeat against Panathinaikos FC.

Just ten days later, Inácio moved to Iran, with Foolad FC, signing until June. Despite Foolad's relegation to the second division he signed a contract extension for the next season; in May 2008, he took the reins of G.D. Interclube in Luanda, Angola.

Inácio was sacked in the summer of 2009 and, on 13 September, he reached an agreement with Associação Naval 1º de Maio for a return to Portugal, in a one year-deal. At this time in the season, Naval had just one point from four games and dismissed Ulisses Morais, but ultimately easily retained its top division status, finishing in eighth position.

In late January 2012, Inácio signed a contract with Romanian Liga I team FC Vaslui.[3] After three months at the helm of Moreirense F.C. late into the 2012–13 campaign (four wins in 14 games, team relegation), he returned to Sporting as director of football;[4] in June 2015, still with the latter club, he was appointed director of international relations.[5]

Inácio returned to head coaching duties in late November 2016, when he replaced fired Pepa at the helm of former side Moreirense.[6] The following month he led the team to their first ever major trophy, conquering the Taça da Liga after the 1–0 win over S.C. Braga at the Estádio Algarve;[7] previously, they disposed of Porto in the group stage of the competition and S.L. Benfica in the semi-finals.[8]







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