Vítor Pereira (football manager)

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Vítor Pereira
Vítor Pereira (Fenerbahçe, 2015).jpg
Pereira as a coach of Fenerbahçe in 2015
Personal information
Full name Vítor Manuel de Oliveira Lopes Pereira
Date of birth (1968-07-26) 26 July 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Espinho, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
1860 Munich (manager)
Youth career
1981–1982 Espinho
1982–1986 Avanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Avanca
1987–1988 Oliveirense
1988–1990 Avanca
1990–1991 Esmoriz
1991–1993 Estarreja
1993–1994 Fiães
1994–1995 São João de Ver
1995–1996 Lobão
Teams managed
2002–2003 Padroense (juniors)
2003–2004 Porto (juniors)
2004–2005 Sanjoanense
2005–2007 Espinho
2007–2008 Porto (juniors)
2008–2010 Santa Clara
2010–2011 Porto (assistant)
2011–2013 Porto
2013–2014 Al-Ahli
2015 Olympiacos
2015–2016 Fenerbahçe
2017– 1860 Munich
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vítor Manuel de Oliveira Lopes Pereira (born 26 July 1968) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and the current manager of German club 1860 Munich.

Football career[edit]

Born in Espinho, Pereira only played amateur football, and retired at the age of 28. He started managing on junior level, and his first head coach experience arrived midway through the 2004–05 season, when he was appointed at A.D. Sanjoanense in the third division.[1]

Subsequently, Pereira worked with S.C. Espinho in the same level,[2] being fired with ten games left in his second campaign and returning to FC Porto's juniors for a further season.[3] In 2008 he returned to head coaching again, with C.D. Santa Clara in division two, leading the Azores side to the third position in his first year and the fourth in the second, on both occasions narrowly missing out on Primeira Liga promotion.[4][5]

In the summer of 2010, Pereira left Santa Clara to become assistant manager to André Villas-Boas at Porto.[6] On 21 June 2011, following the head coach's departure to Chelsea, he was promoted to first-team manager,[7] winning his first official match – and title – against Vitória de Guimarães, for the season's Portuguese Supercup.

Despite a less than stellar performance both in Europe – with Porto being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the group stage and in the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 – and in the Portuguese Cup, Pereira lead the club to the league title in his first season in charge.

In March 2013, following the team's elimination from Champions League contention (1–2 on aggregate against Málaga CF), Pereira came under heavy criticism, notably due to his decision of benching James Rodríguez during the first half on both games. The Colombian stated his disappointment in the coach's decision, but said that he respected him and trusted his reasons, adding that the situation was possibly created because of his questionable fitness, even though he claimed to be 100% fit.[8][9][10]

In early May, as Porto ranked second in the league, Pereira deemed the Portuguese league as a "dirty competition".[11] Only a few days later, after his team defeated S.L. Benfica at home to surpass its opponents – eventually winning the league title, conceding six draws in 30 games –[12] he considered it to be a "highly competitive and prestigious league".[13]

In late May 2013, Pereira was interviewed for the vacant job at Premier League club Everton,[14] but eventually signed a two-year deal with Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah) of the Saudi Professional League. On 7 January 2015 he moved clubs and countries again, replacing fired Míchel at the helm of Olympiacos F.C.[15] and eventually winning the double.[16]

On 10 June 2015, Olympiacos announced a mutual contract termination with Pereira.[17] The following day, he was appointed at Fenerbahçe SK for two years.[18]

The Turkish club cut ties unilaterally with Pereira on 15 August 2016, with the case being subsequently taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[19][20] On 18 December he was named head coach of TSV 1860 Munich in the German 2. Bundesliga, with the one-and-a-half-year deal being made effective the following 1 January.[21]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 April 2017[22]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Santa Clara 1 June 2008 3 June 2010 69 31 21 17 44.93
Porto 22 June 2011 7 June 2013 92 64 16 12 69.57
Al-Ahli 1 July 2013 4 May 2014 37 19 10 8 51.35
Olympiacos 8 January 2015 10 June 2015 20 12 5 3 60.00
Fenerbahçe 11 June 2015 15 August 2016 62 38 15 9 61.29
1860 Munich 1 January 2017 12 5 1 6 41.67
Total 292 169 68 55 57.88

Honours[edit]

Porto[23]
Al-Ahli
Olympiacos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vítor Pereira tem lugar em equipa com mística" [Vítor Pereira has a place in a team with mystique]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 May 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sp. Espinho-Infesta, 0–0: Tigres marcam passo na luta pela liderança" [Sp. Espinho-Infesta, 0–0: Tigers slow down in fight for first place]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 January 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vítor Pereira futuro técnico" [Vítor Pereira future manager]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vítor Pereira olha para a subida" [Vítor Pereira eyeing promotion]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chegou a hora da verdade" [The moment of truth has arrived]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 January 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Muralha de aço" [Steel wall]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 December 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Porto boss Vitor Pereira says club will 'continue winning'". Goal.com. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Manchester United target James Rodriguez unhappy being benched by Porto; Here Is The City, 14 March 2013
  9. ^ Porto coach hits back at unhappy Manchester United target James Rodriguez; Here Is The City, 15 March 2013
  10. ^ Vítor Pereira e James: afinal, quem tem razão? (Vítor Pereira and James: who's right, after all?); Mais Futebol, 15 March 2013 (Portuguese)
  11. ^ "Vítor Pereira: "É um campeonato sujinho, sujinho"" [Vítor Pereira: "It's a dirty, dirty championship"]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Unbeaten Porto wrap up 27th league title; UEFA.com, 19 May 2013
  13. ^ "Vítor Pereira: "Foi uma Liga competitiva e de alto nível"" [Vítor Pereira: "It was a competitive and prestigious league"] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Vitor Pereira shouldn't be ruled out of Everton FC manager hunt". Liverpool Echo. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Vitor Pereira, new coach of Olympiacos". Olympiacos F.C. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Lianos, Konstantinos (19 April 2015). "Olympiakos win Greek league for the fifth straight year". The Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Λύση συνεργασίας με τον Βίτορ Περέιρα" [Collaboration with Vítor Pereira ended] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Our new football coach Vitor Pereira". Fenerbahçe S.K. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "OFICIAL: Fenerbahçe termina contrato de Vítor Pereira" [OFFICIAL: Fenerbahçe ends Vítor Pereira's contract]. Mais Futebol. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Turkey's Fenerbahce sacks manager Pereira mid-contract". Anadolu Agency. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Vítor Pereira neuer Trainer von 1860 München" [Vítor Pereira new 1860 Munich manager] (in German). German Football Association. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Vítor Pereira". Zerozero. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Vítor Pereira – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 

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