Francisco Filho (footballer)
|Full name||Joaquim Francisco Filho|
|Date of birth||27 October 1940|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Francisco Filho (born 27 October 1940), sometimes known simply as Francisco, is a Brazilian former footballer who works for A.C. St. Louis as their Director of Player Development. He spent 17 years as a professional footballer in Brazil, Venezuela, Portugal and France before going into coaching at the age of 33. After 29 years at Clairefontaine, the academy of the French Football Federation, Filho joined Manchester United of England as a youth coach in 2002. He retired in 2005, but returned to the game with the newly formed A.C. St. Louis in 2009.
Born in São Paulo, Filho began his professional football career in 1957, at the age of 16. During a 17-year career, he played for clubs in Brazil, Venezuela, Portugal and France, where he retired. After retiring as a player, Filho became a coach and embarked on a 29-year career with the French Football Federation's academy, Clairefontaine. During that time, he oversaw the development of players such as Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin.
In August 2002, Filho was hired by Premier League side, Manchester United, to help with the development of their youth players. He was appointed manager of the Manchester United Under-17s team, and later the Under-18s, following the club's reorganisation of their youth teams. He retired from football in 2005 but was tempted back to the game four years later, when he linked up with American side A.C. St. Louis as their Director of Player Development.
- "New Men's Professional Franchise To Be Called AC St. Louis". ac-stlouis.com. AC St. Louis. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Man Utd appoint youth coach". BBC Sport. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
- Mohabuth, Yasine (2 August 2017). "Francisco Filho is named as the new coach of Mauritius". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
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