José Alberto Costa
|Full name||José Alberto Barroso Machado e Costa|
|Date of birth||31 October 1953|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|1993–1995||Sporting CP (assistant)|
|1996–1997||Nagoya Grampus (assistant)|
|1998–1999||United Arab Emirates (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In 15 Primeira Liga seasons – 16 as a professional in total – he amassed totals of 301 games and 37 goals, in representation of four teams, namely Porto. Subsequently, he embarked in a lengthy managerial career.
Costa was born in Porto. Still as a junior, he made his professional – and top division – debuts with Académica de Coimbra, playing 12 first-team games in an eventual relegation and contributing with 18 and two goals in an immediate promotion back.
After scoring a career-best ten goals in the 1977–78 season with the Students, Costa signed for FC Porto. A classic winger with an above-average physical condition – he practiced track and field and handball in his first club, Sport Clube Vila Real – he went on to form a formidable attacking trio in the club with Fernando Gomes and António Oliveira, being instrumental in the conquest of six major titles, including two national championships; he was voted the Portuguese Footballer of The Year in 1979, and also appeared as a substitute in the final of the 1983–84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, lost against Juventus F.C. in Basel.
The name of Costa was connected to the "Verão Quente" ("Hot summer") of 1980, when a group of 15 players, including António Lima Pereira, Oliveira, Octávio Machado, Jaime Pacheco, António Sousa and Gomes, suspended their club activity sympathizing with manager José Maria Pedroto and director of football Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who had entered in "collision course" with chairman Américo de Sá. He still remained with the five a further five seasons but, after the consecutive emergence of Vermelhinho and 17-year-old Paulo Futre, he lost his importance in the team, for example only appearing in five matches in the 1984–85 campaign.
Aged nearly 32, Costa joined Vitória Sport Clube, helping the Guimarães-based club finish fourth and qualify to the UEFA Cup. On 24 November 1985 he scored his only goal of the season by helping defeat Sporting Clube de Portugal 4–3 at home, and retired from the game in June 1987 after a slow year with C.S. Marítimo.
Costa gained 24 caps for Portugal and scored one goal, against the United States in his second international match. His debut came on 8 March 1978 in a friendly match with France in Paris, while he was still a member of Académica.
|1||20 September 1978||Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal||United States||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
After retiring as a professional footballer Costa, who possessed a solid academic education (he completed a degree in Mechanical engineering at the University of Coimbra), embarked on a coaching career. He briefly acted as assistant to Juca in the national team, then took charge of its youth sides and also assisted the following national team manager, Carlos Queiroz. His first head coach experience was with former team Académica in the second division, remaining one season with the club.
Costa again worked with Queiroz at Sporting, NY/NJ MetroStars, Nagoya Grampus and the United Arab Emirates national team. In the late 1990s he returned to head coaching duties, consecutively managing F.C. Famalicão (second level), F.C. Vizela (third), Varzim SC (first) and G.D. Chaves (second).
In 2005 Costa was hired to work in the USA, for the "USA Seventeen Soccer Academy", as a technical director. He established himself in Santa Clara, California, assisting and technically supervising the various echelons of the academy. In July 2008, he was reunited with Queiroz as he joined the scouting department of the Portuguese national team, working alongside Oceano da Cruz and English Julian Ward.
In November 2011, Costa was appointed as head coach of Iran Pro League side Sanat Naft Abadan F.C. until the end of the season, replacing Gholam Hossein Peyrovani. In May 2012, after producing good results, his contract was extended for another year, but he eventually stepped down from his position late into that year.
- Portuguese League: 1978–79, 1984–85
- Portuguese Cup: 1983–84
- Portuguese Supercup: 1981, 1983, 1984
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1983–84