Pepa (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Pedro Miguel Marques da Costa Filipe
Date of birth (1980-12-14) 14 December 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Torres Novas, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Paços Ferreira (coach)
Youth career
1991–1994 CADE
1994–1999 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Benfica 5 (1)
1999–2002 Benfica B 29 (1)
2000–2001Lierse (loan) 14 (1)
2002–2003 Varzim 50 (10)
2004–2005 Paços Ferreira 1 (0)
2005–2006 Olhanense 12 (3)
Total 111 (16)
National team
1996 Portugal U16 2 (0)
1997 Portugal U17 3 (0)
1999 Portugal U18 9 (1)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Tondela (assistant)
2011–2013 Benfica (academy)
2013–2015 Sanjoanense
2015–2016 Feirense
2016 Moreirense
2017–2019 Tondela
2019– Paços Ferreira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pedro Miguel Marques da Costa Filipe (born 14 December 1980), known as Pepa, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a forward, and is the manager of F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Torres Novas, Santarém District, Pepa joined S.L. Benfica's youth system in 1994, aged 13. He made his competitive debut with the main squad on 23 January 1999, scoring in a Primeira Liga 3–1 home win against Rio Ave FC.[1] After being touted as an early promise, he went on to appear mainly for the reserve team,[2] also being loaned in March 2000 to Lierse S.K. in Belgium[3] where he struggled to adjust to the language.[4]

In 2002, Pepa terminated his contract with Benfica which was only due to expire four years later, following in the footsteps of fellow youth graduates Rui Baião and Jorge Ribeiro and signing with Varzim SC, a decision he later claimed as the worst mistake in his life.[5] He ended his career in late 2007 at only 26, due to several knee injuries.[6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

In summer 2013, after two years working with Benfica's youth sides,[8] Pepa had his first head coaching experience, being appointed at A.D. Sanjoanense in the regional leagues[9] and helping the club promote to the third division at the first attempt.[10] In 2015–16 he achieved the same feat with C.D. Feirense of the LigaPro, even though he did not finished the season after being replaced by José Mota for the final two months.[11]

Pepa continued to work in the Portuguese top tier in the following years, with Moreirense F.C.[12][13] and C.D. Tondela.[14] During his two-year stint at the latter he successfully avoided relegation, but was not retained.[15]

Having started the 2019–20 season without a club, Pepa replaced Filó at the helm of F.C. Paços de Ferreira after the fourth matchday, with the team last in the standings.[16]


  1. ^ "Pepa marcou golo na estreia" [Pepa scored goal in debut]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 March 2002. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Equipas B: "Laboratório" ou "armazém"?" [B-teams: «Laboratory» or «warehouse»?]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 November 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Pepa cedido ao Lierse por uma época e meia" [Pepa loaned to Lierse for one-and-a-half seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 March 2000. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Pepa: "Quero voltar ao Benfica"" [Pepa: "I want to return to Benfica"]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 March 2000. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  5. ^ Travassos, Nuno (31 December 2007). "Pepa em retrospectiva: "Sair do Benfica foi o meu maior erro"" [Pepa in hindsight: "To leave Benfica was my biggest mistake"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  6. ^ Travassos, Nuno (31 December 2007). "Pepa em entrevista: de promessa do Benfica à "reforma" aos 26 anos" [Pepa in interview: from Benfica promise to "retirement" at the age of 26] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Pepa, dez anos depois" [Pepa, ten years later] (in Portuguese). Eterno Benfica. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  8. ^ "«Bruno Lage ficou com um carro com muitos cavalos e tem mãos para ele»" [«Bruno Lage was given a car with a lot of horsepower and he can handle it»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Pepa: "Estou obcecado por começar a trabalhar"" [Pepa: «I am obsessed with starting to work»]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Todos os plantéis da edição 2014/15" [All the squads of the 2014/15 edition]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Pepa e a subida do Feirense: «Correm-me as lágrimas por não estar a festejar»" [Pepa and Feirense's promotion: «Tears are running down my face as I am not celebrating»] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Pepa é o novo treinador" [Pepa is the new manager]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Pepa já não é treinador do Moreirense" [Pepa is no longer the Moreirense manager] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Pepa é o novo treinador do Tondela" [Pepa is the new manager of Tondela]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 10 January 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Pepa deixa de ser treinador do Tondela" [Pepa is no longer manager of Tondela]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 24 May 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Pepa é o novo treinador do Paços de Ferreira" [Pepa is the new Paços de Ferreira manager]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 2 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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