João Carlos Pereira

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João Carlos Pereira
Personal information
Full name João Carlos Serra Ferreira Pereira
Date of birth (1965-04-11) 11 April 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1978–1984 Marinhense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Marinhense
1985–1987 Académica 11 (0)
1987–1989 Moreirense
1989–1990 Trofense
1990–1991 Marinhense
1991–1992 Moreirense
1992–1993 Mirense
1993–1994 Leiria Marrazes
1994–1997 Marinhense
Teams managed
1997–2001 Marinhense
2001–2003 Sporting Pombal
2003–2005 Académica
2005 Nacional
2005–2006 Moreirense
2007–2008 Al-Tadamun
2008–2009 Estoril
2009 Belenenses
2010–2011 Ermis
2011–2012 Servette
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

João Carlos Serra Ferreira Pereira (born 11 April 1965) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left winger, and a current manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Luanda, Angola to Portuguese parents, Pereira started playing football with A.C. Marinhense, and went on to play one season in the second division with the club. From 1985 to 1987 he represented Académica de Coimbra in the Primeira Liga, but was never more than a reserve player.[1][2][3]

Pereira retired professionally in June 1990 at the age of only 25, after spells in the second level with Moreirense F.C. and C.D. Trofense.

Manager career[edit]

Pereira began coaching aged just 32, starting with Marinhense in division three and moving in 2001 to fellow league side S.C. Pombal. His top flight debuts came in the 2003–04 campaign with another former club, Académica, which he led to the 13th place.

In early 2005, after being fired by the Students, Pereira signed with C.D. Nacional and moved in quick succession to Moreirense, then spent the next year without a club until he joined Kuwait's Al-Tadamun SC.[4] After leading G.D. Estoril Praia to the fourth place in 2008–09's second tier, he returned to the top division by penning a two-year contract with C.F. Os Belenenses, which had previously been relegated only to avoid it later due to C.F. Estrela da Amadora's serious financial problems.[5][6]

On 21 December 2009, following a series of poor results (culminating in the 0–1 away loss against U.D. Leiria), Pereira resigned at Belenenses although the team was still above the relegation zone – eventually not managing to retain its top flight status.[7] On 9 December of the following year he moved to Cyprus, being appointed at Ermis Aradippou[8][9] and asking to be released from contract at the end of the season, after they managed to avoid top division relegation by registering a club-record 30 points in the competition, 38 after the second stage.[10]

On 28 November 2011, Pereira replaced countryman João Alves at the helm of Swiss club Servette FC,[11] being replaced in April 2012 by his predecessor.[12] During his tenure the team won four Super League matches, drew two and lost seven.


  1. ^ "Viagem ao passado" [Trip down memory lane] (in Portuguese). Record. 4 February 2004. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Época 1985/86: Primeira Divisão (1985/86 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 1 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Época 1986/87: Primeira Divisão (1986/87 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 8 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ João Carlos Pereira treina Al-tadamon (João Carlos Pereira in charge of Al-tadamon); Record, 5 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ João Carlos Pereira é novo treinador (João Carlos Pereira is the new coach); Record, 4 June 2009 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ João Carlos: «A ambição é o nosso principal atributo» (João Carlos: «Ambition is our main asset»); Record, 13 August 2009 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ António Conceição é o treinador (António Conceição is the manager); Record, 22 December 2009 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ João Carlos Pereira: «Esperam muito de mim» (João Carlos Pereira: «A lot is expected of me»); Record, 16 December 2010 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ João Carlos Pereira não continua no Ermis (João Carlos Pereira will not stay with Ermis); Desportimedia, 4 May 2011 (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ João Carlos Pereira: «Tenho como prioridade treinar em Portugal» (João Carlos Pereira: «My priority is to coach in Portugal»); Record, 17 July 2011 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Pereira nommé au Servette (Pereira appointed at Servette); Le Figaro, 28 November 2011 (in French)
  12. ^ Le Servette FC change d'entraîneur: Joao Alves revient à la place de Joao Carlos Pereira (Servette FC changes coach: Joao Alves returns in place of Joao Carlos Pereira); RTS Sport, 24 April 2012 (in French)

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