António Oliveira (footballer, born 1952)

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António Oliveira
Personal information
Full name António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira
Date of birth (1952-06-10) 10 June 1952 (age 68)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1968–1971 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Porto 188 (71)
1979 Betis 10 (1)
1980 Porto 12 (1)
1980–1981 Penafiel 22 (10)
1981–1985 Sporting CP 67 (27)
1985–1986 Marítimo 7 (0)
Total 306 (110)
National team
1974–1983 Portugal 24 (7)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Penafiel (player-coach)
1982–1983 Sporting CP (player-coach)
1985–1986 Marítimo (player-coach)
1987–1988 Vitória Guimarães
1988 Académica
1991–1992 Gil Vicente
1993–1994 Braga
1994–1996 Portugal
1996–1998 Porto
1998 Betis
2000–2002 Portugal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira (born 10 June 1952) is a Portuguese former football attacking midfielder and manager.

As a player, he notably represented two of the Big Three in his country, Porto and Sporting, amassing totals of 267 matches and 99 Primeira Liga goals between the two and also later managing the former club with great success.

Also an international player, Oliveira had two coaching spells with the Portugal national team, leading them in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Penafiel, Porto District, Oliveira made his senior debut with FC Porto, first appearing in the Primeira Liga at the age of 18. From 1974 onwards, with the exception of one year, he always scored in double digits, netting a career-best 19 in the 1977–78 season as the northerners won the national championship after a 19-year drought.

In the summer of 1979, 27-year-old Oliveira moved to La Liga with Real Betis. He returned to Porto the following transfer window due to homesickness, being an important first-team element as the latter side finished second in the league, two points behind Sporting CP.[1]

After helping hometown's F.C. Penafiel retain top-flight status – he left Porto alongside club director Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa and coach José Maria Pedroto following internal disputes[2]– Oliveira signed with Sporting, helping them to the double in 1981–82.[3] In 1985, aged 33, he moved to C.S. Marítimo, retiring at the end of the campaign with Portuguese top division totals of 296 matches and 109 goals; at both Penafiel and Marítimo, he acted as player-coach.[1]

Oliveira earned 24 caps for Portugal over a nine-year spell, which included his player-manager career at Penafiel. He did not take part, however, in any major international tournament.

António Oliveira: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition


1 15 April 1981 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Bulgaria 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 16 December 1981 Haskovo Stadium, Haskovo, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 0–1 5–2 Friendly
3 16 December 1981 Haskovo Stadium, Haskovo, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 5–2 5–2 Friendly
4 20 January 1982 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 1–1 1–2 Friendly
5 20 January 1982 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 1–2 1–2 Friendly
6 22 September 1982 Olympic Stadium (Helsinki), Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–2 0–2 Euro 1984 qualifying
7 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Finland 5–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying

Coaching career[edit]

Oliveira started managing while still an active player. Exclusively a coach from 1987 onwards, his only full season in his beginnings was 1991–92, when he led modest Gil Vicente F.C. to the 13th position in the top flight.

After helping Portugal to the quarter-finals in UEFA Euro 1996,[5] Oliveira signed for former club Porto, leading it to back-to-back national championships with the addition of one Portuguese Cup, won against S.C. Braga. His first season started with a 5–0 demolition of S.L. Benfica in the domestic Supercup, as the team went on to win the league with 85 points – a record which would last until the 2002–03 campaign, broken by José Mourinho's team[6]– also reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and being eliminated by Manchester United.[7]

In summer 1998, Oliveira was appointed at another former club, Betis, but left the Andalusians before the season started.[8] He returned to the national side two years later,[9] qualifying to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the first time in 16 years.

Several problems occurred during the preparation for the tournament in Japan and South Korea, and the competition itself: Vítor Baía replaced in-form Ricardo in goal, Beto played out of position at right back, Luís Figo was in very poor physical condition and Hugo Viana was called as a last-minute replacement for Daniel Kenedy, who tested positive in a doping control test;[10][11][12] after one win and two losses in the group stage, Portugal were eliminated and the manager was fired.[13]

Afterwards, Oliveira was elected chairman of Penafiel Futebol Clube.[14] He also majored in law, at the age of 54.[1]









  1. ^ a b c "O jogador era o analfabeto que não comia com talheres" ("The footballer was that illiterate who did not use cuttlery to eat"); Expresso, 21 March 2015 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ FC Porto. O Verão quente de 1980, que esfriou a relação no futebol (FC Porto. 1980's hot summer, when football relations turned cold); i, 6 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Nº36: António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oliveira; Craques e Flops Leoninos, 20 June 2009 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Oliveira". European Football. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. ^ Antonio Oliveira; BBC Sport, 9 April 2002
  6. ^ Mais um clássico (Another classic); Record, 1 June 2003 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Porto 0–0 Man. United; UEFA, 19 March 1997
  8. ^ Javier Clemente, entrenador del Betis (Javier Clemente, Betis manager); El País, 26 October 1998 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Oliveira returns to Portugal job; The Independent, 1 August 2000
  10. ^ É oficial, Hugo Viana substitui Kenedy no Mundial (It's official, Hugo Viana replaces Kenedy in the World Cup); Mais Futebol, 22 May 2002 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Jogadores em baixa (Players on the fall); Correio da Manhã, 15 June 2002 (in Portuguese)
  12. ^ Mundial 2002 ou a história de um plano que afinal não era perfeito (2002 World Cup or the story of a plan which turned out not to be perfect); SAPO, 5 June 2018 (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Portugal sack Oliveira; BBC Sport, 25 June 2002
  14. ^ António Oliveira eleito presidente do Penafiel (António Oliveira elected president of Penafiel); Público, 1 July 2003 (in Portuguese)

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