Lito Vidigal

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Fernandes and the second or paternal family name is Vidigal.
Lito Vidigal
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Fernandes Vidigal
Date of birth (1969-07-11) 11 July 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv (coach)
Youth career
1983–1987 O Elvas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Fronteirense
1988–1989 O Elvas
1989–1991 Estrela Portalegre
1991–1995 Campomaiorense 62 (3)
1995–2002 Belenenses 144 (3)
2002–2003 Santa Clara 6 (0)
2003–2004 O Elvas
National team
1996–2001 Angola 16 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2007 Pontassolense
2007–2008 Ribeirão
2008 Estrela Amadora
2009 Portimonense
2009–2010 União Leiria
2011–2012 Angola
2013 AEL Limassol
2014–2015 Belenenses
2015–2017 Arouca
2017– Maccabi Tel Aviv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Carlos Fernandes Vidigal (born 11 July 1969), commonly known as Lito, is a former Angolan professional footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv FC.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Luanda, Angola, Vidigal spent his entire career in Portugal, representing at the professional level O Elvas CAD, S.C. Campomaiorense, C.F. Os Belenenses and C.D. Santa Clara and retiring in 2003 at the age of 34, playing 212 matches the first and second divisions combined.

Internationally, Vidigal appeared for Angola at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations, gaining a total of 16 caps.

Coaching career[edit]

Immediately after retiring in 2004, Vidigal took up coaching, starting with lowly A.D. Pontassolense and G.D. Ribeirão. In 2008, he moved to C.F. Estrela da Amadora – coaching his younger brother Luís after he returned from a lengthy spell in Italy – and joined second level's Portimonense SC.

In late October 2009, as Manuel Fernandes bought out his contract at U.D. Leiria to return to his favorite club Vitória de Setúbal, Vidigal was named his successor.[1] On 8 January 2011, he was appointed coach of the Angolan national side.[2]

Vidigal returned to Belenenses late into 2013–14, replacing Marco Paulo at the helm of the bottom-placed team and becoming their third coach of the season.[3] Even though he did not finish the following campaign, being replaced by Jorge Simão with nine matches to go, the side eventually qualified to the UEFA Europa League after finishing sixth.[4]

Vidigal repeated the feat in 2015–16 after leading F.C. Arouca to a best-ever classification of fifth, in only the club's third year in the top flight.[5] Previously, in March 2016, he renewed his contract for two years.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Vidigal has eleven brothers and sisters, four of his male siblings being footballers: Beto, Luís (who played for Sporting Clube de Portugal and in the Serie A, represented Portugal and was coached in the 2008–09 campaign by Lito), Toni and Jorge.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Francisco Frederico (22 October 2009). "Lito Vidigal vê na U. Leiria um "desafio aliciante"" [Lito Vidigal sees "exciting challenge" in U. Leiria] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lito Vidigal is named as new Angola coach". BBC Sport. 9 January 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Alexandre Moita (20 March 2014). "Lito Vidigal é o novo treinador" [Lito Vidigal is the new manager]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Melhor participação fica para a história do Belenenses" [Best participation enters Belenenses' history books]. Record (in Portuguese). 25 December 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Europeu Arouca fecha jornada com outro candidato à UEFA" [European Arouca closes round with another UEFA candidate] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mais dois anos de contrato para Lito no Arouca" [Another two-year contract for Lito at Arouca] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Irmãos Vidigal ignoram os genes para manterem o Estrela da Amadora no topo" [Brothers Vidigal ignore genes to leave Estrela on top]. Público (in Portuguese). 13 October 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "One family, two nations: Brothers who have played for different international teams". Daily Mirror. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Luís Vidigal: "O Sporting é paixão, é acreditar"" [Luís Vidigal: "Sporting is about passion, believing"] (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 26 December 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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