Manuel Fernandes (footballer, born 1951)
|Full name||Manuel José Tavares Fernandes|
|Date of birth||5 June 1951|
|Place of birth||Sarilhos Pequenos, Portugal|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|1992–1994||Sporting CP (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
One of the country's most prolific goalscorers, his playing career was mainly associated with Sporting, which he later also coached. At 386 goals in all official competitions, he is the second-highest goalscorer in the club's history.
Over the course of 19 seasons, in which he also represented two other clubs, Fernandes amassed Primeira Liga totals of 485 games and 241 goals.
Born in Sarilhos Pequenos, Moita, Setúbal, Fernandes started his career with local club Grupo Desportivo da CUF, scoring 38 goals in five years. In 1975 he got his first break, joining Primeira Liga (the only category he competed in a career which spanned almost two decades) club Sporting Clube de Portugal, netting more than 250 times in official matches and only trailing legendary Fernando Peyroteo who totalled over 500.
In the 1985–86 season, at the ripe age of 34/35, Fernandes produced his best individual season, scoring 30 goals – and winning the Bola de Prata – for the eventual third-placed team, behind FC Porto and S.L. Benfica. On 14 December 1986 he had arguably his finest moment as a professional, when he netted four to help to the 7–1 home demolition of Benfica.
After that season in Lisbon, Fernandes closed out his career with Vitória de Setúbal – reuniting with former Sporting teammate Rui Jordão – adding a further 16 league goals to his tally and retiring at 37. During his last campaign he notably scored against Sporting in a 2–1 home win, mere minutes after kick-off, and the Sadinos finished in a comfortable 7th place.
Fernandes began his coaching career with Setúbal in 1988, and stayed with the club a further year (it would be the club with which he would have the most spells). Then, he went on to manage several clubs: C.F. Estrela da Amadora, A.D. Ovarense, S.C. Campomaiorense, F.C. Tirsense, C.D. Santa Clara, F.C. Penafiel and Atlético Sport Aviação – the Azores team would be the first from the region to play in the top level.
With Sporting, Fernandes had already served as an assistant, to England's Bobby Robson, leaving the club after the head coach was sacked. In 2001, he had a short spell as head manager for the Lions, winning the domestic Supercup before leaving his post later in the year.
In October 2009, after a successful promotion from the second division with União de Leiria, and having already started the following top level campaign, Fernandes bought out his contract and returned to struggling Setúbal for a third stint, which ended on 1 March 2011.
Fernandes played 31 times for Portugal, scoring seven goals. Even though he had that stellar campaign with Sporting in 1985–86, he was excluded from the squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which was marred by the Saltillo Affair.
|1||17 November 1976||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Denmark||1–0||1–0||1978 World Cup qualification|
|2||9 October 1977||Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||1–3||2–4||1978 World Cup qualification|
|3||29 October 1977||Silesian Stadium, Chorzow, Poland||Poland||1–1||1–1||1978 World Cup qualification|
|4||16 November 1977||Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal||Cyprus||4–0||4–0||1978 World Cup qualification|
|5||18 November 1981||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Scotland||1–1||2–1||1982 World Cup qualification|
|6||18 November 1981||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Scotland||2–1||2–1||1982 World Cup qualification|
|7||29 October 1986||Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||1–1||Euro 1988 qualifying|
- Primeira Liga: 1979–80, 1981–82
- Taça de Portugal 1977–78, 1981–82
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1982, 1987
- Primeira Liga: Top scorer 1985–86
- Manel pede 12 golos a Van Wolfswinkel (Manel asks for 12 goals from Van Wolfswinkel); O Jogo, 24 October 2011 (Portuguese)
- Saídas sem glória (Departures without glory); Correio da Manhã (Portuguese)
- Sporting appoint Fernandes as coach; BBC Sport, 24 January 2001
- Manuel Fernandes assina por três épocas (Manuel Fernandes signs for three seasons); RTP, 20 October 2009 (Portuguese)
- News round-up: Fernandes leaves Vitoria Setubal – official; PortuGOAL, 1 March 2011
- "Manuel Fernandes". European Football. Retrieved 20 January 2016.