Pedro Emanuel

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Pedro Emanuel
Pedro Emanuel.jpg
Pedro Emanuel in 2008
Personal information
Full name Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva
Date of birth (1975-02-11) 11 February 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Almería (coach)
Youth career
1986–1993 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Marco 28 (2)
1994–1995 Ovarense 31 (2)
1995–1996 Penafiel 28 (2)
1996–2002 Boavista 154 (2)
2002–2009 Porto 120 (1)
Total 361 (9)
National team
1995–1996 Portugal U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Porto (assistant)
2011–2013 Académica
2013–2015 Arouca
2015–2016 Apollon Limassol
2017 Estoril
2018–2019 Al-Taawoun
2019– Almería
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva (born 11 February 1975), known as Pedro Emanuel, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender, and is the manager of Spanish club UD Almería.

In his 16-year professional career he was closely associated with the two biggest teams in Porto, Boavista – he helped it win its first and only Primeira Liga title in 2001 – and FC Porto, being team captain of both.

Pedro Emanuel amassed top division totals of 268 matches and two goals over 12 seasons, and won 14 major titles between both his main clubs combined. He subsequently became a manager.

Playing career[edit]


Pedro Emanuel was born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola. After three seasons as a professional in Portugal's secondary leagues, with F.C. Marco, A.D. Ovarense and F.C. Penafiel, his performances caught the eye of scouts from Porto club Boavista FC, where he had already played as a youth. During his six-year stay in the team he played a large part in the defensive wall – with fellow stopper Litos, fullbacks Nuno Frechaut and Erivan and goalkeeper Ricardo – that led them to the historical Primeira Liga title in 2001; after Litos left for Málaga CF he captained the team for one season, but a move to a larger club was close.

Prior to the start of the 2002–03 campaign, S.L. Benfica seemed closer to clinching a deal, but it was FC Porto, under the guidance of José Mourinho, who signed Pedro Emanuel. Part of a strong defense that included Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Nuno Valente, his always effective style earned him the confidence of his manager, and he played in both the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals won between 2003[1] and 2004.[2]

In the season following the departure of Mourinho, Pedro Emanuel still managed to appear in the spotlight, as in the 2004 Intercontinental Cup win against Once Caldas, where he scored the decisive penalty, becoming the last player to touch the ball in the competition's history.[3]

In 2005–06, following the decision of Dutch coach Co Adriaanse not wanting a goalkeeper captain (Vítor Baía) and sidelining Costa, Pedro Emanuel was chosen as new captain. He missed the entire following season due to injury,[4] but returned to the starting lineups the following campaign, helping with 19 league appearances as Porto were crowned back-to-back champions.


Although Angolan-born, Pedro Emanuel never represented its national team internationally. This was viewed as a desire to keep alive the possibility of playing for Portugal, the nation he represented at junior levels.

Prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Pedro Emanuel accepted a call-up from Angola but FIFA confirmed that he and Carlos Chaínho could not represent other teams than Portugal, because of a new law set-up in 2004 which considered playing for junior sides at international level.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

After only five matches in 2008–09, in a fourth consecutive league accolade, Pedro Emanuel retired on 16 June 2009. He immediately became Porto's under-17 head coach,[6] guiding them to the national championship after defeating Sporting CP.[7]

In July 2010, Pedro Emanuel returned to Porto's main squad, being named newly signed André Villas-Boas assistant manager.[8] In June of the following year he had his first head coach experience, being appointed at Villas Boas' previous team Académica de Coimbra.[9]

In his first season with the Students, Pedro Emanuel narrowly avoided top flight relegation. He also led the team to their first Taça de Portugal since 1939, notably defeating former club Porto 3–0 at home in the fourth round[10] and Sporting in the final (1–0).[11]

On 6 June 2013, Pedro Emanuel took over at recently promoted F.C. Arouca.[12] After helping them evade top flight relegation by five points, he left the club on 25 May 2015.[13]

On 10 June 2015, Pedro Emanuel moved abroad for the first time in his career, taking over at Apollon Limassol of the Cypriot First Division; his team already included three compatriots.[14] He won the cup and supercup in his first season, but was sacked on 11 December 2016.[15]

On 8 March 2017, Pedro Emanuel returned to his country and signed as manager of G.D. Estoril Praia.[16] On 21 October of that year, as his team ranked last in the league and had already been ousted from the domestic cup by lowly S.C. Farense,[17] he was relieved of his duties.[18]

On 4 August 2019, after spending one season as manager of Al-Taawoun FC, Pedro Emanuel was appointed at the helm of Spanish Segunda División side UD Almería.[19]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 October 2019[20]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Académica Portugal 14 June 2011 7 April 2013 80 22 23 35 92 109 −17 027.50 [21]
Arouca Portugal 6 June 2013 25 May 2015 75 20 15 40 65 105 −40 026.67 [22]
Apollon Limassol Cyprus 9 June 2015 11 December 2016 67 36 20 11 122 61 +61 053.73 [23]
Estoril Portugal 8 March 2017 21 October 2017 22 7 4 11 30 39 −9 031.82 [24]
Al-Taawoun Saudi Arabia 7 May 2018 22 May 2019 36 22 8 6 81 32 +49 061.11 [25]
Almería Spain 4 August 2019 Present 12 5 5 2 18 11 +7 041.67 [26]
Career Total 292 112 75 105 408 357 +51 038.36










  1. ^ "Uefa Cup final player ratings". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Porto perform to perfection". UEFA. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ Porto triumph in World Club Cup; BBC Sport, 13 December 2004
  4. ^ Achilles agony for Porto skipper; UEFA, 13 August 2006
  5. ^ Angola plea to FIFA; BBC Sport, 1 May 2006
  6. ^ Pedro Emanuel plots new path at Porto; UEFA, 17 June 2009
  7. ^ F.C. Porto: Pedro Emanuel campeão nacional com os juvenis (F.C. Porto: Pedro Emanuel national champion with youths); Mais Futebol, 26 June 2010 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Muralha de aço" [Steel wall] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Pedro Emanuel é o novo treinador da Académica" [Pedro Emanuel is the new manager of Académica] (in Portuguese). Público. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  10. ^ Porto humbled by Academica Archived 25 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine; PortuGOAL, 19 November 2011
  11. ^ a b Académica derrota Sporting e conquista Taça de Portugal (Académica beat Sporting and win Portuguese Cup); A Bola, 20 May 2012 (in Portuguese)
  12. ^ "Pedro Emanuel é o treinador do Arouca" [Pedro Emanuel is manager of Arouca] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Pedro Emanuel abandona comando técnico do Arouca" [Pedro Emanuel no longer in charge of Arouca] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Pedro Emanuel anunciado no Apollon" [Pedro Emanuel announced at Apollon] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  15. ^ "End of cooperation with Pedro Emanuel". Apollon Limassol. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Oficial: Pedro Emanuel é o novo treinador do Estoril" [Official: Pedro Emanuel is the new manager of Estoril] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Pedro Emanuel: "Lugar em perigo? Mau era se não sentisse"" [Pedro Emanuel: "In the hot seat? It would be weird if I did not feel like I was"] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Pedro Emanuel já não é treinador do Estoril" [Pedro Emanuel is no longer manager of Estoril] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Pedro Emanuel, nuevo entrenador del Almería" [Pedro Emanuel, new manager of Almería] (in Spanish). UD Almería. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  20. ^ Pedro Emanuel coach profile at Soccerway
  21. ^ "Associação Académica de Coimbra OAF: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  22. ^ "FC Arouca: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Apollon Limassol: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  24. ^ "GD Estoril Praia: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Al-Taawoun FC: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Pedro Emanuel: Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  27. ^ "FC Porto bate Académica (1–0) e conquista Supertaça" [FC Porto beat Académica (1–0) and conquer Supercup] (in Portuguese). TSF. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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