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Top five best Porto managers of all time

This article is about the five most prominent managers since the inception of Porto. Let’s accompany us and figure out what they have brought to the club during their tenures and what made them stand out from other head coaches.
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List of Porto managers with at least one title

Name

Nationality

From

To

Honours

Adolphe Cassaigne

France

1907

1922

1 Campeonato de Portugal

7 Campeonato do Porto

Akös Teszler

Hungary

1922

1927

1 Campeonato de Portugal

5 Campeonato do Porto

Alexandre Cal

Portugal

1927

1928

1 Campeonato do Porto

József Szabó

Hungary

November 1928

May 1945

February 1936

15 August 1947

1 Campeonato de Portugal

1 Primeira Liga

10 Campeonato do Porto

François Gutkas

Austria

October 1936

October 1937

1 Campeonato de Portugal

1 Campeonato do Porto

Mihály Siska

Hungary

October 1937

June 1942

2 Primeira Divisão

3 Campeonato do Porto

Lippo Hertzka

Hungary

June 1942

May 1945

3 Campeonato do Porto

Dorival Yustrich

Brazil

August 1955

June 1956

1 Primeira Divisão

1 Taça de Portugal

Otto Bumbel

Brazil

March 1958

26 October 1958

1 Taça de Portugal

Béla Guttmann

Hungary

2 November 1958

19 July 1959

1 Primeira Divisão

José Maria Pedroto

Portugal

August 1966

July 1976

9 April 1969

12 July 1980

2 Taça de Portugal

2 Primeira Divisão

Hermann Stessl

Austria

12 July 1980

May 1982

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

António Morais

Portugal

8 December 1983

16 May 1984

1 Taça de Portugal

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Artur Jorge

Portugal

July 1984

November 1988

May 1987

June 1991

2 Primeira Divisão

3 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

1 European Cup

1 Primeira Divisão

1 Taça de Portugal

Tomislav Ivić

Yugoslavia

July 1987

June 1988

1 Primeira Divisão

1 Taça de Portugal

1 European Super Cup

1 Intercontinental Cup

Carlos Alberto Silva

Brazil

August 1991

June 1993

2 Primeira Divisão

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Bobby Robson

England

30 January 1994

13 July 1996

2 Primeira Divisão

1 Taça de Portugal

2 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

António Oliveira

Portugal

13 July 1996

26 May 1998

2 Primeira Divisão

1 Taça de Portugal

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Fernando Santos

Portugal

26 May 1998

13 June 2001

1 Primeira Divisão

2 Taça de Portugal

2 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Octávio Machado

Portugal

13 June 2001

21 January 2002

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

José Mourinho

Portugal

23 January 2002

1 June 2004

2 Primeira Liga

1 Taça de Portugal

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

1 UEFA Champions League

1 UEFA Cup

Victor Fernández

Spain

11 August 2004

1 February 2005

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

1 Intercontinental Cup

Co Adriaanse

Netherlands

1 July 2005

9 August 2006

1 Primeira Liga

1 Taça de Portugal

Rui Barros†

Portugal

9 August 2006

20 August 2006

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Jesualdo Ferreira

Portugal

20 August 2006

26 May 2010

3 Primeira Liga

2 Taça de Portugal

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

André Villas-Boas

Portugal

3 June 2010

21 June 2011

1 Primeira Liga

1 Taça de Portugal

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

1 UEFA Europa League

Vítor Pereira

Portugal

21 June 2011

9 June 2013

2 Primeira Liga

2 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Paulo Fonseca

Portugal

10 June 2013

5 March 2014

1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Sérgio Conceição

Portugal

8 June 2017

Present

2 Primeira Liga

1 Taça de Portugal

2 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Since the inception of the club, Porto have hired a total of 70 managers from 16 different countries, mostly from Portugal, followed by Hungary, Brazil, or Argentina. There were even some players who worked as both a player of the club and a coach, such as Catullo Gadda and Alexandre Cal.  

There are many managers who didn’t have a successful period with Porto. They left the club without any title in their career in FC Porto. Additionally, there are 29 Porto managers who have obtained at least one title, and the manager with the most titles is the Hungarian coach Jozsef Szabo. Some managers also had separate spells being responsible for FC Porto.

Top five best Porto managers of all time

5. Sérgio Conceição

The current manager of Porto deserves to be presented on this list. Sérgio Conceição is a former right-winger of Porto as well as the Portugal national team. He started his managerial career in 2010 as an assistant in Standard Liege.

Sergio became the head coach of Porto in June 2017 to replace Nuno Santo, who just managed the club within the 2016-17 season and left without any title. Sergio, in his four seasons with Porto, has helped the club to achieve five titles, including two Primeira Liga titles, one Taca de Portugal, and two Supertaca Candido de Oliveira.

He brought the national championship to Porto right in his debut season, after five years of waiting. The next season, they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but couldn’t surpass the English giant Liverpool. With an impressive result within a short period of time, Porto extended his contract as a Porto manager several times, and currently lasts until June 2024.

Sergio Conceicao the current manager of Porto  

4. André Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas is one of a few managers who have never played as a professional player before becoming a full-time head coach. He only worked as a football manager at Porto within the 2010-2011 season, but got four trophies at the age of 33, making him the youngest manager to win a European title (the 2010-11 Europa League).  

Andre kept managing other top-flight clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, or Marseille, but not really shining like in the time he was a part of Porto. 

Andre Villas-Boas and Porto celebrated their championship

3. Jose Mourinho 

Jose Mourinho is considered one of the best football managers in the world. In his managerial career, Jose has coached many top-flight clubs like Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Man United, Hotspur, or Roma. He was the manager of Porto from 2002 to 2004, bringing six titles to the club, including one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Cup (or known as UEFA Europa League today). He is also the manager with most Champions League titles with different clubs. 

Jose Mourinho and Porto

2. Artur Jorge

Artur Jorge is a former Porto player and became the manager of this club in two different spells, from 1984 to 1987 and 1989 to 1991. He helped the club win a total of eight titles, including one European Cup (UEFA Champions League). He also had a short time being in charge of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and bringing one Division 1 title with one Coupe de France trophy in the 1993-94 season. 

1. József Szabó 

Jozsef was the most successful manager of Porto, as well as one of the first managers of this Portuguese club. Under his tenure, Porto got the most titles, including one Portuguese Liga in the 1934-35 season, one Portuguese Cup in the 1931-32 season, and 10 Porto Championship (Campeonato do Porto) in two different periods. Jozsef had a short time playing as a professional player and quickly became a football manager. He was also very successful in another Portuguese club, Sporting CP.

References

Wikipedia

Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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