Manuel Vilarinho

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For the Portuguese painter, see Manuel Vilarinho (painter).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rodrigues and the second or paternal family name is Vilarinho.

Manuel Lino Rodrigues Vilarinho (born 23 June 1948) is a Portuguese businessman who was the 32nd president of S.L. Benfica, elected on 28 October 2000. The election was the most hotly contested in all Benfica's history and Vilarinho won 62% of the votes, ousting João Vale e Azevedo (the incumbent president) in the process.

Vilarinho caused former head coach José Mourinho to leave the team as he preferred former Benfica player Toni for the job.[1][2] He later regretted his decision as Mourinho went on to be a very successful manager elsewhere.[3]

Vilarinho greenlighted the re-building of the Estádio da Luz and the team moved to the stadium in 2004. He gave his full support to the presidential candidacy of Luís Filipe Vieira, the club's director of football at the time. Vieira became the club's new president in 2003.[4] Vilarinho was elected as the fifth president of Benfica's General Assembly on 27 October 2006.[5]

He is married to Mariana Correia da Costa Pereira Caldas, born in Luanda on 8 August 1958, daughter of João Jorge Dargent Pereira Caldas, of maternal French Belgian descent, and Ana Maria Bicker Correia da Costa, of remote Dutch descent.[6]


Futsal (3 titles)[edit]

Roller hockey (4 titles)[edit]

Rugby (1 title)[edit]


  1. ^ Ley, John (2007-09-20). "Mourinho's Chelsea love affair finally ends". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Phil (2007-11-05). "The Special One waits to be wooed by Benfica". The Times. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "'If something got in his way - which is winning - he would leave'". The Guardian. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Efeméride - Passagem do testemunho de Manuel Vilarinho para Luís Filipe Vieira Vilarinho" (in Portuguese). Futebolar. 2008-07-14. Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Manuel Vilarinho candidato à Mesa da Assembleia Geral do Benfica" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 2006-09-30. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Manuel Vilarinho in a Portuguese Genealogical site

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Preceded by
João Vale e Azevedo
President of Benfica
Succeeded by
Luís Filipe Vieira