Bernardo Tavares

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Bernardo Tavares
Bernardo Tavares in 2013
Personal information
Full name Fernando José Bernardo Tavares
Date of birth (1980-05-02) 2 May 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth Proença-a-Nova, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1990–1996 Proença-a-Nova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Proença-a-Nova
Teams managed
1997–1998 Proença-a-Nova U18
1998–1999 Pastelaria Rosa U18
1999–2000 Pastelaria Rosa
2000–2001 ESDRM
2001–2002 Benfica (youth)
2002–2005 Alcobaça (assistant)
2005–2008 Alcobaça
2008 Porto (scout)
2008–2009 Sporting CP Academy (assistant)
2009–2010 Carregado (assistant)
2010–2011 Belenenses (assistant)
2011–2012 Belenenses
2012–2013 Gil Vicente (scout)
2013–2014 Al-Hidd (assistant)
2014–2015 Tirsense
2015 Al-Nahda
2016–2017 Tourizense
2017–2018 New Radiant
2018 Benfica de Macau
2019– Churchill Brothers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando José Bernardo Tavares (born 2 May 1980), commonly known as Bernardo Tavares, is a Portuguese football manager, a former footballer and a former technical director of Escolinha de Futebol do Bernardo who was the manager of S.L. Benfica de Macau of the Liga de Elite.[1] Most recently he was the head coach of Churchill Brothers in the I-League.

Playing career[edit]

Tavares began his footballing career since he was 10 years old with the youth team of ADC Proença-a-Nova, based in his home town, Proença-a-Nova. In 1996, he began his professional footballing career with the senior team of ADC and player for the club till he became a 23-year-old youngster in the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores. He also helped his parent club win the Castelo Branco Football Association Cup in 2000.

Managerial career[edit]

Tavares holds the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest football coaching qualification. He received the UEFA Pro Licence in June 2013 from the Portuguese Football Federation. He also holds the Pro License on goalkeeping from the Portuguese Football Federation and has also participated in a Sports Massage course hosted by the Leiria Football Association. He was also awarded with the Best Coach award in the camp where he received the UEFA Pro License in 2013.

Proença-a-Nova U18[edit]

Tavares began his managerial career with the U-18 team of his parent club in 1997.

Pastelaria Rosa[edit]

In 1998, Tavares moved to a bakery club named Pastelaria Rosa FC where he was first appointed as the head coach of the U-18 team and then of the senior team of the club in 1999.

Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior (ESDRM)[edit]

In 2000, Tavares moved to Rio Maior where he was appointed as the head coach of a University National League football club Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior.


In 2001, Tavares moved to Lisbon where he was appointed as the assistant coach of the U-12 team of S.L. Benfica.


In the same year, Tavares moved to Alcobaça where he worked as the head coach of various youth teams of the club (U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18) and also as the assistant coach of the first team from 2002–2005. In 2005, he was appointed as the head coach of the first team of the club and he continued to work at the same post till 2008. During his stint as the head coach of the Alcobaça-based club, he helped the club win the AFL Cup in 2005–06 and 2006–07.

FC Porto (scout)[edit]

In 2008, Tavares moved to Porto, where he was appointed as the scout of FC Porto.

Sporting CP youth and academy[edit]

Tavares moved back to Lisbon in 2008, where he was appointed as the head coach of Sporting C.P. Youth and Academy. During his time with the Lisbon-based academy, he helped them win the 2008–09 Sub-10 International Tournament.


In 2009, Tavares moved to Carregado where he was appointed as the assistant manager of A.D. Carregado.


In 2010, Tavares moved back to Lisbon where he was appointed as the assistant coach (worked under José Mota) of Liga de Honra club C.F. Os Belenenses. In 2011, he was appointed as the head coach of the same club.

Gil Vicente (scout)[edit]

In 2012, Tavares was appointed as the scout of Primeira Liga club Gil Vicente F.C.


Bernardo Tavares - 2014 AFC Champions League

Tavares first moved out of Portugal in 2013 to the Middle East and more accurately to Bahrain where he was appointed as the assistant coach (worked under Adnan Ebrahim Showaiter and Khalifa Al-Zayani) of Bahraini Premier League club Al-Hidd SCC. He helped the club secure the 3rd position in the 2013–14 Bahraini Premier League which till date is the club's best position in the history. His club also had a successful run in the 2014 AFC Champions League where his club entered as a qualifying play-off Round 1 participant. In the Round 1, the club posted a resounding 3–1 victory over hosts, 2012–13 Jordan League champions, Shabab Al-Ordon Club.[2][3] In the Round 2, the Bahraini club were defeated 2-1 by hosts, 2012–13 Qatar Stars League runners-up Lekhwiya SC at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium and hence failed to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage.[4][5][6] As a result, the club got a direct entry into the 2014 AFC Cup group stage. The club finished second in Group C which included 2013 Kuwait Emir Cup winners, Al-Qadsia SC (finished as the winners of 2014 AFC Cup), 2012–13 Iraqi Elite League champions Al-Shorta SC and 2013 Syrian Cup winners, Al-Wahda SC Damascus and hence advanced to the 2014 AFC Cup knock-out stage. In the Round of 16, the club secured a 1–0 win over 2012–13 Lebanese Premier League champions, Al-Safa' SC and advanced to the Quarter-finals.[7][8] In the Quarter-finals the Bahraini club again met their group mate, Al-Qadsia SC. In the First leg, the club played a 1–1 draw against hosts[9][10][11] and in the Second leg the club again played out a draw with the visitors (2-2)[12][13] but were unlucky as the visitors advanced to the Semi-finals on away goals rule. This was again club's best ever performance in an Asian Football Confederation competition.


In 2014, Tavares moved back to Portugal and more accurately to Santo Tirso, where he was appointed as the head coach of Portuguese Second Division club F.C. Tirsense


In 2015, Tavares moved back to the Middle East and more accurately to Oman where he was appointed as the head coach of 2013–14 Oman Professional League winners, Al-Nahda Club. His first match as head in-charge of the club was on 17 February 2015 in a 2–1 win over 2014 GCC Champions League runners-up, Saham SC.[14] He also made an appearance as the assistant coach of the club in a 2–1 loss against 2013–14 Qatar Stars League runners-up, El Jaish SC in the Preliminary Round 2 of 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off and hence failed to advance to the 2015 AFC Champions League group stage.[15][16][17][18] He was also head in-charge of the club in the 2015 AFC Cup. The club began the campaign on a flying note as they secured a 2–1 win over 2013–14 Syrian Premier League winners, Al-Wahda SC Damascus.[19][20][21]

African Lyon[edit]

Tavares first moved to Africa and more accurately to Tanzania in August 2016, where he signed a one-year contract with Tanzanian Premier League side, African Lyon F.C.. He made his debut appearance as a manager in the Tanazanian Premier League on 21 August 2016 in a 1–1 draw against 2015–16 Tanzanian Premier League runners-up, Azam F.C.[22] Later due to some financial delays, the Portuguese decided to part ways with the Tanzanian side.

New Radiant[edit]

On 16 January 2017, Tavares signed a one-year contract to be appointed as the head coach of Maldivian side, New Radiant S.C.[23][24][25]

Benfica de Macau[edit]

On 18 January 2018, S.L. Benfica de Macau announced Bernardo Tavares as their new coach.[26]

Churchill Brothers[edit]

In November 2019, Churchill Brothers announced Bernado tavares as their new head coach.[27]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 December 2019.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
India Churchill Brothers 28 November 2019 Present 15 6 2 7 040.00
Total 15 6 2 7 040.00

Important roles[edit]

Tavares has had many other jobs in football in his career. In 2002, he started working as the head coach and technical director of Escolinha de Futebol do Bernardo where he worked till 2013, being the in-charge of many other clubs in the time period. From 2002–2004, he worked as the Youth Football coordinator of G.C. Alcobaça. He has also worked as the Futsal coordinator of ADC Proença-a-Nova from 2006–2009. In 2009–2010, he was the coordinator of goalkeeper training at A.D. Carregado. From 2010–2012, he worked as the coordinator of Department of Professional Football Scouting at C.F. Os Belenenses.

Training reporter[edit]

Tavares also had the job of making training reports of several European clubs. He first enrolled into this job in 2001 when he worked with Primeira Liga club U.D. Leiria under head coach, José Mourinho. He also worked with La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. in 2004 under head coach, Carlos Queiroz. In 2008, he worked with Sporting CP under head coach, Paulo Bento and in 2014 he worked with F.C. Paços de Ferreira under head coach, Paulo Fonseca.

Honorable mentions[edit]

In 2006, Tavares received a mention of thanks and praise for having won two AFL Cups as the head coach of G.C. Alcobaça. He has also received an award of distinction for being graduated from the Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior.






  • AFL Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07

Sporting CP academy

  • Sub-10 International Tournament: 2008–09

WON 8 TROPHIES - 1 Premier League Macao (China) - 1 Super Cup "Bolinha" Hong Kong/Macau - 1 Premier League in Maldives - 1 President's Cup in Maldives - 1 FA Cup in Maldives - 2 AFL Cups in Portugal - 1 Youth League in Portugal

Saved 11 Teams from relegation


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  3. ^ "ACL14 (PO): SHABAB AL ORDON 1-3 AL HIDD (AET)". AFC.
  4. ^ "LEKHWIYA (QAT) 2-1 AL HIDD (BHR)".
  5. ^ "ACL14 (PO): LEKHWIYA 2-1 AL HIDD". AFC.
  6. ^ "Lekhwiya Defeats AL Hidd In AFC Playoffs". Lekhwiya Sports Club. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ "SAFA SC (LIB) 0-1 AL HIDD (BHR)".
  9. ^ "QADSIA SC (KUW) 1-1 AL HIDD (BHR)".
  12. ^ "AL HIDD (BHR) 2-2 QADSIA SC (KUW)".
  13. ^ "AFC CUP QF (2ND LEG): AL HIDD 2-2 QADSIA SC (3-3 AGG.)". AFC.
  14. ^ "AL NAHDA VS. SAHAM 2 - 1". SOCCERWAY.
  15. ^ "EL JAISH (QAT) 2-1 AL NAHDA (OMA)".
  18. ^ "الجيش القطري يقلب الطاولة على النهضة العماني في الآسيوية". KOOORA.
  19. ^ "AL WAHDA (SYR) 1-2 AL NAHDA (OMA)".
  20. ^ "AFC CUP 2015 MD1 – GROUP A: AL WAHDA 1-2 AL NAHDA". AFC.
  21. ^ "AL NAHDA OFF TO A WINNING START". Muscat Daily.
  24. ^ "Depois de Neca, um novo treinador português nas Maldivas". MaisFutebol.
  26. ^ "BENFICA DE MACAU KICKS OFF SEASON HIGHLIGHTING AFC CUP". Macau Daily Times. 18 January 2018.
  27. ^ Dec 5, Marcus Mergulhao | TNN |; 2019; Ist, 19:08. "bernardo tavares: One match at a time is new Churchill Bros coach's mantra | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 February 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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