Paulo Jorge Rebelo Duarte

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Paulo Duarte
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Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge Rebelo Duarte
Date of birth (1969-04-06) 6 April 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Massarelos, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Burkina Faso (coach)
Youth career
1982–1987 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 União Coimbra
1988–1991 União Leiria 60 (6)
1991–1993 Salgueiros 42 (2)
1993–1995 Marítimo 42 (2)
1995–2004 União Leiria 156 (4)
Total 300 (14)
Teams managed
2004–2006 União Leiria (assistant)
2006–2007 União Leiria
2008–2012 Burkina Faso
2009 Le Mans
2012–2013 Gabon
2015 Sfaxien
2015– Burkina Faso
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paulo Jorge Rebelo Duarte (born 6 April 1969) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Burkina Faso.

During a 17-year senior career, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 238 games and eight goals over the course of 12 seasons, representing mainly União de Leiria. In 2006 he became a manager, also working with the club.

Playing career[edit]

Duarte was born in Massarelos, Porto District. After playing youth football for local Boavista F.C. and starting out as a senior at C.F. União de Coimbra, he signed for U.D. Leiria in 1988, also in the second division.

Duarte then played two seasons apiece for S.C. Salgueiros and C.S. Marítimo, making his Primeira Liga debuts with the former and appearing in a total of 84 league games the two teams combined. Subsequently, he returned to Leiria who now competed in the Portuguese top flight, retiring after almost one decade at the age of 34 and acting as first-choice in four of those campaigns (in 2001–02, as the club qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, he was managed by young José Mourinho).

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, Duarte immediately began his managerial career, staying with his last club Leiria as assistant. In the tenth round of 2006–07's top division he was named coach of the first team, eventually helping them finish seventh.

In late 2007, Duarte left Leiria[1] and, a couple of months later, was appointed manager of Burkina Faso. On 2 June of the following year, however, he was signed by France's Le Mans Union Club 72 on a two-year contract, while still working with the national side.[2]

Duarte was fired by Le Mans on 8 December 2009, becoming the first Ligue 1 manager casualty in the season,[3] but still was on the bench for Burkina Faso's 2010 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, exiting in the group stage after one draw and one loss (the team was in Togo's group). On 17 February 2012, following three games and as many losses at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, he was fired.[4]

On 29 April 2012, Duarte was appointed interim coach of the Gabon national team. He was sacked on 23 September of the following year, after failing to qualify the country for both the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[5]

In late December 2015, after a brief club spell with Tunisia's CS Sfaxien, Duarte was again named manager of Burkina Faso.[6] He led the latter to the third place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, after a 1–0 win against Ghana in Port-Gentil.[7]

Player eligibility controversy[edit]

Duarte selected players to play for the Burkina Faso national team who he believed were eligible to play for the nation after they married Burkinabé women.[8] Namibia complained about the fielding of Herve Xavier Zengue in two 2012 CAN qualifying games, stating that the player was not eligible under FIFA's statutes.[9]

Duarte also chose to play Zengue after the complaint was received by CAF, fielding him alongside Ghanaian-born Nii Plange in a 0–3 loss with South Africa in an August 2011 friendly.[10]


  1. ^ Paulo Duarte leaves Leiria;, 5 November 2007
  2. ^ Le Mans appoint Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte as new trainer;, 2 June 2009
  3. ^ Le Mans sack coach Duarte; ESPN Soccernet, 10 December 2009
  4. ^ Burkina Faso coach gets the boot; BBC Sport, 17 February 2012
  5. ^ Paulo Duarte fired by Gabon;, 23 September 2013
  6. ^ Paulo Duarte volta a ser selecionador do Burkina Faso (Paulo Duarte is again head coach of Burkina Faso); Mais Futebol, 28 December 2015 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Burkina Faso 1–0 Ghana; BBC Sport, 4 February 2017
  8. ^ The ‘Mourinho of Africa’; Kick Off, 3 August 2011
  9. ^ Namibia launch Burkina complaint; BBC Sport, 8 June 2011
  10. ^ Faso probe – Players boycotted call-up; Kick Off, 16 August 2011

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