Ricardo Sá Pinto

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Ricardo Sá Pinto
Ricardo Sá Pinto 2022 (cropped).jpeg
Sá Pinto in 2022
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Manuel Andrade e Silva Sá Pinto
Date of birth (1972-10-10) 10 October 1972 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Porto, Portugal[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Esteghlal (manager)
Youth career
1982–1987 Porto
1987–1991 Salgueiros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Salgueiros 57 (17)
1994–1997 Sporting CP 77 (20)
1997–2000 Real Sociedad 70 (6)
2000–2006 Sporting CP 97 (14)
2006–2007 Standard Liège 21 (2)
Total 322 (59)
National team
1992–1994 Portugal U21 10 (0)
1994–2001 Portugal 45 (10)
Teams managed
2010–2011 União Leiria (assistant)
2012 Sporting CP
2013 Red Star
2013–2014 OFI
2014–2015 Atromitos
2015 Belenenses
2016 Al Fateh
2017 Atromitos
2017–2018 Standard Liège
2018–2019 Legia Warsaw
2019 Braga
2020 Vasco da Gama
2021 Gaziantep
2022 Moreirense
2022– Esteghlal
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ricardo Manuel Andrade e Silva Sá Pinto (born 10 October 1972) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a forward, currently manager of Persian Gulf Pro League club Esteghlal.

He was known for his fighting spirit, best displayed in his stints at Sporting CP, where he was dubbed "Ricardo Lion Heart" by the club's fans.[2] In a career cut short by injury and suspension, he appeared in 230 Primeira Liga games (scoring 51 goals), also playing for Real Sociedad in Spain for two years.

Sá Pinto represented the Portugal national team in two European Championships, reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2000. He started working as a manager with Sporting in 2012, and also worked in eight foreign countries.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Porto, Sá Pinto made his professional debut with local S.C. Salgueiros and soon represented the Portuguese under-21s, helping the side reach the 1994 UEFA European Championship final. He first appeared in the Primeira Liga with the former on 30 August 1992, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 away loss against S.C. Farense.

In the 1994–95 season, Sá Pinto joined Sporting CP. After some solid performances he attracted the attention of La Liga's Real Sociedad, signing a four-year contract in July 1997 for a fee of 400 million pesetas, but was issued with a year-long worldwide suspension before making his debut.[3][4] He scored in his first official game for his new club, a 3–3 home draw with Real Oviedo on 30 August 1998.[5]

After 70 matches and six goals in Spain, Sá Pinto returned to Sporting where he played six further years, troubled by many injuries,[6][7] although he eventually gained team captaincy. In the 2006–07 campaign he joined fellow Portuguese international Sérgio Conceição at Standard Liège – with Jorge Costa having retired at the club in the summer – in the Belgian Pro League,[8] and retired at almost 35.[9]

International[edit]

Sá Pinto received 45 caps for Portugal, 25 with Sporting and 20 for Real Sociedad, scoring nine times. His first game was on 7 September 1994 in a 2–1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, in which he netted the second goal. He played at UEFA Euro 1996,[10] equalising against Denmark (1–1) in the group stage opener,[11] and Euro 2000; he scored six times in qualification for the latter tournament, including a hat-trick in an 8–0 demolition of Liechtenstein in Coimbra on 9 June 1999.[12]

On 26 March 1997, Sá Pinto assaulted national team coach Artur Jorge upon hearing the news of not having been picked up for a match. The player travelled to the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon where the team was practicing, and punched the manager in the face, being banned for one year from all national and international competitions.[13]

Sá Pinto's last appearance was in the 6–0 victory over Cyprus for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, on 6 June 2001.[14] An injury prevented him from being present at the finals.[15]

Sá Pinto: International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition[16]
1 9 June 1996 Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England  Denmark 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1996
2 6 September 1998 Puskás Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–1 1–3 Euro 2000 qualifying
3 6 September 1998 Puskás Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–2 1–3 Euro 2000 qualifying
4 26 March 1999 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques (1965), Guimarães, Portugal  Azerbaijan 1–0 7–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
5 9 June 1999 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Liechtenstein 1–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
6 9 June 1999 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Liechtenstein 3–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
7 9 June 1999 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Liechtenstein 4–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
8 23 February 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium  Belgium 1–1 1–1 Friendly
9 2 June 2000 Estádio Municipal de Chaves, Chaves, Portugal  Wales 2–0 3–0 Friendly
10 3 September 2000 Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–3 1–3 2002 World Cup qualification

Coaching career[edit]

Early years (2009–2012)[edit]

Sá Pinto as manager of Sporting in April 2012

In early November 2009, Sá Pinto returned to Sporting, replacing former teammate Pedro Barbosa as director of football as coach Paulo Bento was sacked following a string of poor performances/results. On 21 January 2010, following a physical confrontation with club player Liédson in the team's locker room after the 4–3 home win against C.D. Mafra for the Taça de Portugal, he immediately presented his resignation.[17]

Sá Pinto had his first coaching experience in 2010, being named assistant at U.D. Leiria under Pedro Caixinha. On 13 February 2012, after a spell with Sporting under-19s, he was appointed first-team manager, replacing the fired Domingos Paciência.[18]

On 25 May 2012, even though Sporting could only rank fourth in the league and lost the domestic cup final, Sá Pinto signed a new two-year contract with the Lions.[19] On 4 October, however, following a 3–0 away loss to Videoton FC – led by former national teammate Paulo Sousa – in that season's UEFA Europa League, he was relieved of his duties.[20]

Stints abroad (2013–2019)[edit]

Sá Pinto was appointed at Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade on 18 March 2013,[21] winning the first eight SuperLiga matches in charge of the club but resigning his post on 19 June, in disagreement with its board of directors.[22] From October 2013 to February 2015, he worked in the Super League Greece with OFI Crete F.C. and Atromitos FC.[23][24]

Sá Pinto returned to Portugal and its capital in June 2015, after agreeing to become C.F. Os Belenenses manager in replacement of Lito Vidigal whilst signing a two-year contract.[25] On 15 December, however, after a 4–3 away defeat against Académica de Coimbra and failure to qualify from the Europa League group stage, he resigned from his position.[26]

On 29 May 2016, Sá Pinto was appointed manager of Al Fateh SC.[27][28] On 11 June 2017, after a second spell with Atromitos and even though he had agreed to a new deal after an eighth-place finish,[29] he left for Standard Liège;[30] in spite of initially underperforming in the Belgian League,[31][32] he led his team to the conquest of the domestic cup in his first year[33][34] as well as a final runner-up league position,[35] but left on 20 May 2018.[36]

In August 2018, Sá Pinto was announced as the new manager of Legia Warsaw after signing a three-year contract with the Ekstraklasa club.[37] He was sacked the following April with the team in second, five points off Lechia Gdańsk with three games remaining.[38]

Return to Portugal (2019–2022)[edit]

On 3 July 2019, Sá Pinto returned to his country for the first time in four years, taking over S.C. Braga on a two-year deal.[39] He was dismissed on 23 December with the team eighth in the league, despite winning their Europa League group.[40]

Sá Pinto was appointed at Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side CR Vasco da Gama on 13 October 2020, signing a contract until the end of the season.[41] He was relieved of his duties on 29 December, with the side in the relegation zone.[42]

On 20 January 2021, Sá Pinto agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal at Gaziantep F.K. of the Turkish Süper Lig.[43] He left in May at the end of his first campaign, criticising his players, the club president and his predecessor Marius Șumudică.[44][45]

Sá Pinto became Moreirense FC's third coach of the season on 7 January 2022, following the dismissals of João Henriques and Vidigal.[46] He led the team to 16th place after a 4–1 win over F.C. Vizela on the final day sent C.D. Tondela down instead,[47] but was relegated in the promotion/relegation play-offs after a 2–1 aggregate loss to G.D. Chaves.[48] He missed the play-offs after being issued with a 15-day suspension and €2,805 fine for provoking opposing fans after the Vizela game, and then called for his club's supporters to revolt against the local National Republican Guard captain;[49] the force initiated criminal proceedings against him for this declaration.[50] Days later, his contract was allowed to expire.[51]

Return to Asia (2022–)[edit]

Sá Pinto in his introductory press conference as Esteghlal manager in June 2022

On 21 June 2022, Sá Pinto was appointed coach of Iranian club Esteghlal FC, signing a two-year contract.[52]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 September 2022[53][54]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Sporting CP Portugal 13 February 2012 4 October 2012 30 15 7 8 41 31 +10 050.00
Red Star Serbia 19 March 2013 19 June 2013 11 8 0 3 17 9 +8 072.73
OFI Greece 16 October 2013 25 May 2014 34 15 7 12 35 39 −4 044.12
Atromitos Greece 25 September 2014 5 February 2015 19 5 9 5 20 20 +0 026.32
Belenenses Portugal 9 June 2015 15 December 2015 26 8 8 10 25 42 −17 030.77
Al Fateh Saudi Arabia 29 May 2016 23 September 2016 5 1 1 3 5 9 −4 020.00
Atromitos Greece 5 February 2017 11 June 2017 13 5 2 6 11 12 −1 038.46
Standard Liège Belgium 11 June 2017 20 May 2018 46 22 14 10 78 56 +22 047.83
Legia Warsaw Poland 13 August 2018 1 April 2019 28 15 7 6 42 29 +13 053.57
Braga Portugal 3 July 2019 23 December 2019 30 18 5 7 55 36 +19 060.00
Vasco da Gama Brazil 14 October 2020 29 December 2020 15 3 6 6 10 19 −9 020.00
Gaziantep Turkey 20 January 2021 17 May 2021 21 6 6 9 26 28 −2 028.57
Moreirense Portugal 6 January 2022 1 June 2022 20 6 2 12 18 27 −9 030.00
Esteghlal Iran 21 June 2022 Present 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 050.00
Total 305 130 76 99 390 361 +29 042.62

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Sporting CP

Portugal U-21

Manager[edit]

Sporting CP

Standard Liège

References[edit]

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