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António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oliveira (born 10 June 1952) is a former footballer, manager and current president of Portuguesemarker club Futebol Clube Penafiel.

Playing career

Oliveira, a product of FC Porto's youth system, debuted with the first team aged 18, and was already a very important player on a side that recaptured the league title in the 77-78 season, ending a 20-year drought, which earned him a transfer to Real Betis, where he was, however, unsuccessful, returning to Porto, still in time to be crowned 1980 league champion. However, after internal disputes, both club director (eventually president) Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa and coach José Maria Pedroto left Porto in 1980, and Oliveira followed suit, joining FC Penafiel as a player-manager (while still being called up for international matches), changing to Sporting Clube de Portugal from 1981-85, and quitting after a short stint with CS Marítimo. Pedroto, the legendary Portuguese manager praised him as of the best all-time players. By the time of his retirement, he was capped by Portugal 24 times, scoring 7 goals.

Manager career

Relatively unsuccessful while a club manager (except for back-to-back national championships with former side FC Porto (1996-1998)), Oliveira had two terms in the Portuguese national team: first during the whole Euro 1996 campaign and then for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. While he brought Portugal again to a major competition (after notable failures such as the USA'94 campaign led by Carlos Queiróz), in the European tournament he was knocked out against soon-to-be finalists Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. Several problems surfaced in his second term. While the 2002 WC qualifying stage was unusually smooth, several problems and poor judgement decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament 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) - as Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. Oliveira was fired after the World Cup.

He coached many clubs in Portugalmarker, firstly he took over at Vitoria de Guimaraes in the 1987-88 season. He managed SC Braga from 1992 and 1994, and after coaching the Portuguese national team, he signed with FC Porto. The season started with a whooping 5-0 victory over rival Benfica in the Super Cup. In 1996-97 and 1997-98 the dragons celebrated two league titles. In the first season, 1996-97, FC Porto won the championship with 85 points, a record that only Jose Mourinho's FC Porto surpassed in 2002-03 with 86 points. In the UEFA Champions League, the team finished the group stage in the first place, winning 2-3 away at San Siromarker over AC Milan. In the quarter finals, FC Porto eliminated by Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. This season was one of the most impressive in Porto's history, due to the awesome football the team played, with footballers such as Mario Jardel and Zlatko Zahovic in their roster.

However, the 1997-98 season did not start well, with the team finishing fourth in the Champions League group stage and being eliminated. In the League, Porto easily won its fourth consecutive title, with 9 points difference from Benfica. Porto also won the Cup with a 3-1 victory over Braga in the final. After this, Oliveira left the club to sign with Real Betis. Estrela de Amadora coach Fernando Santos was his successor.

Oliveira took over at Real Betis in the start of the 1998-99 season, but with no success.


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