Pinto da Costa is the most famous football manager in the world

Jorge Nuno de Lima Pinto da Costa has become the most famous captain and leader of world football in activity by resizing FC Porto, benefiting from the contributions of many famous personalities in his 40 years of presidency.

Weeks after the Américo de Sá succession, on April 17, 1982, the 33rd captain in the history of the Dragon, then 44 years old, saw his first-ever international title, the Roller Hockey Cup, which would be reconfirmed the following season, In such a way that from the first day he was accompanied by Vice-Captain Elidio Pinto.

Vitor Hugo and Vitor Bruno left this team led by Vladimiro Brandao, who won the European League twice (1985/86 and 1989/90) and the Continental Cup (1986/87).

In football, FC Porto, even then with 15 national players, changed their paradigm, through the seeds planted by Pinto da Costa and José María Pedroto, who met the former division chief in the second of three spells at Antas. Bus coach.

The 19-year ‘fast’ was broken in the first division, thanks to the 1977/78 and 1978/79 titles, the duo left in the ‘Hot Summer’ of 1980, facing Américo de Sá, to meet again two years later, arriving To an unprecedented European Cup Winners Cup 1983/84 final.

As at the beginning of the era of Bento da Costa, the Super Cup and the Portuguese Cup, then-assistant Antonio Morris sat on the bench as interim coach in the defeat against Juventus (1-2) in Basel, due to a long-term illness of “Zé do Boné”, who died in 1985, when his successor, Artur Jorge, celebrated his first championship in six years.

Buoyed by the goals of Fernando Gomez, who won two Golden Boot Awards (1982/83 and 1984/85), Pedroto’s pupil had Zi Beto, Mlinarczic, Eurico, Celso, Augusto Inacio, Frasco, Andre, Jaime Magalhães, Paolo Fotri and Antonio. Sousa towards the club’s third double and the 1986/87 European Champions Cup decision.

In Vienna, Rabeh Mager, following the legend, concluded the return of the team led by Joao Pinto against Bayern Munich (2-1), followed, with Tomislav Ivic on the bench, successes in the Intercontinental Cup and in the European Super Cup, which neither the Portuguese teams nor Still exclusive to FC Porto.

Luis Telles Roxo lived this “golden” stage as captain of the football section, a position given since 1988 to Renado Telles, with whom Pinto da Costa already lived in the 1960s in the boxing section, where he enjoyed until his death, in 2020, from square faithful.

The new relationship between the forces with Benfica and Sporting will increase with the “dual” of Carlos Alberto Silva, in 1991/1992 and 1992/1993, who relied on Fernando Cotto, Timofti and Kostadinov, as well as Rui Felipe, who died in an accident that occurred in 1994, at the beginning of the series Five tournaments in a row, another unparalleled achievement in Portuguese football.

Bobby Robson, Antonio Oliveira, and current national coach Fernando Santos, nicknamed “Engenheiro do Penta”, have mentored historians such as Vitor Villa, Aloysio, Jorge Costa, Paulinho Santos, Rui Barros, Folha, Drolovic or Zahovic.

In this cycle, which marked the farewell of Domingos Gomez, clinical division captain for three decades, replaced by former volleyball player Nelson Boga, Domingos Paciencia, the “league top scorer” in 1995/96, and Mario Jardel, who continued that heavyweight over the seasons. The next three won the Golden Boot in 1998/99.

In the wings, FC Porto joined two CERS ice hockey cups (1993/94 and 1995/96), regained the basketball championship after 13 years (1995/96), led by Paulo Pinto and Nuno Marsal by Alberto Papo, breaking 31. -” Drought” year in handball (1998/1999), with Eduardo Felipe shining under the eyes of Jose Magalhães.

A figure in “blue and white” athletics, like Aurora Cunha, Fernanda Ribeiro tied the club with one of Portugal’s five Olympic champions, winning gold in Atlanta 1996, in the 10,000m event, in which she placed third. Sydney 2000.

The twenty-first century gave continuity to Porto’s manifesto with Pinto da Costa, immediately visible in the hockey ‘decathlon’, between 2001/2002 and 2010/11, directed by Franklin Pais Edu Bosch, Felipe Santos, To Neves, Emmanuel Garcia, Pedro Gil Or Reynaldo Ventura.

Carlos Resende, Ricardo Costa and Rocha coexisted in the handball “triathlon”, in 2001/2002 and 2003/2004, the stage in which football, due to the emergence of SAD and the globalization of the market, moved to Estádio do Dragão with two championships and successes in the continental elite.

Led by Jose Mourinho, Ricardo Carvalho, Costinha, Manich, Deco, Derli or Benny McCarthy, they won the 2002/03 UEFA Cup (3-2 Celtic, after extra time), in Seville, and the 2003/04 Champions League (3-2 0 against Monaco) in Gelsenkirchen, then won by a club outside of Europe’s top five leagues for the last time.

FC Porto also won the 2004 Intercontinental Cup, with Victor Fernandez, before choosing Co Adriaanse, in 2005/2006, and Jesualdo Ferreira, in the subsequent three seasons, en route to the ‘tetra’, built by influencers such as Helton, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Paulo Asensao, Lucho Gonzalez, Ricardo Quaresma or Lisandro Lopez.

Failing to re-check ‘Penta’, Bento da Costa’s 2010/11 bet on Andre Villas Boa, who he aspires to succeed him, who has won four Dream Chair competitions, including the European League (1-0 to Sporting. de Braga), in Dublin, and ended up undefeated in the I Liga.

Safe from the departure of Radamel Falcao, “Dragon”, now owned by Vitor Pereira, added two more belts to the national champion, with just one defeat in 60 matches, taking advantage of Danilo, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez, Hulk, Jackson Martinez and Kelvin, composed of the late goal against Benfica ( 2-1), which left “The Trio” in his pocket with one round remaining, in 2012/13.

But ‘Incarnates’ rose with an unprecedented ‘quatrain’, causing the biggest ‘drought’ to the championships of Bento da Costa, which even saw Ricardo Moreira and Gilberto Duarte, led by Ljubomir Obradovic, outperform the ‘Hepta’. In handball, between 2008/09 and 2014/15.

In 2017/18, former footballer Sergio Conceicao returned to the club as coach to save the mystery and win back the fans, taking the wand of the 28th National Champion, and renewing after two seasons, with Alex Telles, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio and Jesus Corona.

Coaches Magnus Andersson in handball, Moncho Lopez in basketball, and Guillem Cabestany in hockey have followed similar paths, a sport in which Reinaldo Garcia, Rafa and Gonzalo Alves helped FC Porto lift the Intercontinental Cup this season.

If Alípio Jorge Fernandes has indeed guided pool to 26 titles and has a “penta” in progress, cycling has won five of Portugal’s last six rounds since returning, in partnership with W52, in 2016, four years before the current women’s volleyball championship . National champion, to show protocol with the academy of Jose Moreira, the club’s famous former athlete.

The “blue and white” nation, moved in 2021 by the death of handball player Alfredo Quintana, is grateful to Pinto da Costa, now 84, whose name resounded in unison with the fans, among whom is Fernando Madureira, the ‘leader’. Super Dragons.

with LUSA


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