Henrique Calisto

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Henrique Calisto
Henrique Calisto.jpg
Calisto with Paços de Ferreira in 2013
Personal information
Full name Henrique Manuel da Silva Calisto
Date of birth (1953-10-16) 16 October 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Matosinhos, Portugal
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Leixões 23 (1)
1977–1978 Fafe
Teams managed
1980–1981 Boavista
1981–1983 Salgueiros
1983–1984 Boavista
1984–1985 Salgueiros
1985 Braga
1986–1988 Varzim
1988–1990 Académica
1990 Varzim
1991 Leixões
1992 Penafiel
1992–1993 Chaves
1994 Leixões
1995–1996 Rio Ave
1997 Paços Ferreira
1997–1998 Académica
1998–2000 Paços Ferreira
2001 Đồng Tâm Long An
2002 Vietnam
2003–2008 Đồng Tâm Long An
2008–2011 Vietnam
2011 Muangthong United
2011–2012 Paços Ferreira
2013 Libolo
2013–2014 Paços Ferreira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Henrique Manuel da Silva Calisto (born 16 October 1953) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back, and is a manager.

After his playing career ended he became a manager, taking charge of numerous clubs, mainly in Portugal, and also managed the Vietnamese national team.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Matosinhos, Calisto played three seasons in the Primeira Liga with local Leixões SC. His best output consisted of 17 matches (one goal) in 1973–74, with the team finishing in 14th position.[1]

Calisto retired from professional football in June 1978 at only 24, after one season with A.D. Fafe in the second division.

Coaching career[edit]


Calisto begun coaching at the age of only 26, leading Boavista F.C. to the fourth position in 1980–81's top flight, recording nine wins, four draws and only lost two games in his 15 matches in charge. He spent the following four years between that team and their Porto neighbours S.C. Salgueiros, winning the second division in 1982. In Vidal Pinheiro, Henrique Calisto got important draws against FC Porto and Sporting CP, finishing the season in 10th. The good results made him return to Boavista FC. The 7th place in the championship was achieved with the coacher's good performances and with the notables gamas: wan against FC Porto and Sporting CP, both at Estádio do Bessa. The good work of Henrique Calisto can also be seen in the valorization of players: Jorge Silva scored 11 goals and moved to Benfica.

After only a few months in charge of S.C. Braga, Calisto joined fellow league side Varzim S.C. in the summer of 1986, where he made another division rise at a time when he reached a run of 17 games without losing. Henrique Calisto debuted Rui Barros, a striker who, an year later, was an important figure at FC Porto and joined Juventus in 1988.

In 1988/89 signed by the Associação Académica Coimbra - O.A.F .. In 48 games, he won 31 wins. In his good course, Calisto valued players, such as Marito who moved to SL Benfica.

Afterwards he faced the challenges with FC Penafiel, GD Chaves and Rio Ave FC. Calisto lead the Vila do Conde club to the division two championship in his first full season - win 23 matches. He completed the campaign at the helm of F.C. Paços de Ferreira, in one of several stints he had at the Estádio da Mata Real. In 1998/99, he achieved another division rise, with 20 wins and 60 goals in 36 matches.

In 2011–12, Calisto returned to Paços for his third spell. When he took the reins of the team it ranked in last position, and he eventually left it well outside of the relegation zone, as tenth, leaving at the end of the campaign.[2]


Calisto spent eight seasons at the helm of Đồng Tâm Long An F.C. in Vietnam, where he won two V.League 1 titles,[3] and achieved five other top-three finishes. In March 2008, he was hired as head coach of the Vietnamese football team,[4] leading it to its first ASEAN Football Championship title.

Calisto quit his job as national side coach on 2 March 2011. He had been criticised over poor performances at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup,[5] and was appointed at Thai club Muangthong United F.C. the following week.[6]

Africa / Return to Portugal[edit]

In mid-February 2013, Calisto was appointed at C.R.D. Libolo in Angola.[7] He returned to his country on 30 October of that year, however, replacing fired Costinha at the helm of former team Paços which ranked last in the league with only one win and one draw from eight games.[8] On 24 February 2014 he was dismissed after a 4–0 loss at Vitória FC, having won two of his 12 games and the team in the same position.[9]



Rio Ave

Đồng Tâm Long An




  1. ^ Época 1973/74: Primeira Divisão (1973/74 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 19 April 2007 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ "Calisto confirma saída" [Calisto confirms exit]. A Bola. 12 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. ^ Calisto quits as coach of Vietnam’s national football team; Very Vietnam, 2 March 2011
  4. ^ Calisto to take over national team’s coach position; Vietnam Net, 19 March 2008
  5. ^ Coach Henrique Calisto say goodbye to national team; DZ Times, 3 March 2011
  6. ^ New coach Calisto targets Muang Thong title hattrick; The Nation, 11 March 2011
  7. ^ "Calisto apresentado no Libolo" [Calisto presented at Libolo] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Calisto rende Costinha no Paços" [Calisto replaces Costinha at Paços] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Henrique Calisto já não é treinador do Paços de Ferreira" [Henrique Calisto is no longer manager of Paços de Ferreira]. Público (in Portuguese). 24 February 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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