Written by Peter Benjamin Peter
Jose Poseiro’s Profile
Born April 4, 1960, Jose Poseiro who is 4 months older than Nigeria is a 61-year-old Portuguese who has managed 11 teams in 30 years; amongst whom are Real Madrid (assistant manager), FC Porto, FC Braga, CD National, Sporting CP, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucuresti, Al Ahly, Saudi Arabia & Venezuela national team, and many more.
He is one that can be best described as a nomadic coach, with special luck of always getting jobs.
As a player, his highest football level was Second division of Portuguese football where he played for FC Amora, Club Oriental de Lisboa and GD Samora Correia. He retired at 34 in the Portuguese 4th division club Uniao de Santarem.
He began his coaching career at 3rd and 4th division of Portuguese football where he spent 8 years. In 1999 he was appointed coach of C.D.Nacional who he helped gain promotion to the Primeira Liga in just three years; a very great achievement. In 2002/2003, he led the team to an 11th place finish in the league before leaving them to join Real Madrid where he worked as assistant coach to Carlos Queiroz.
At the end of the season where Real Madrid finished behind Valencia, Barcelona and Deportivo la Coruna despite leading them at a certain point, the coach and Poseiro his assistant were fired. Quieroz returned to Manchester United as an assistant, while Poseiro moved to Sporting CP as manager.
Please note that Poseiro never served as assistant at Manchester United as many claim. It was Quieroz who moved to United from Real Madrid and not Poseiro. Poseiro moved to Sporting CP as manager.
At Sporting CP, (2004–05), Poseiro collected three losses and two draws in his first nine games in charge. The side eventually finished in third place with 61 points, four behind champions S.L. Benfica. However, the highpoint was that he took the team to the UEFA Cup final where they lost to CSKA Moscow.
At the start of the 2005–06 season, Sporting CP were sent packing from the UEFA Champions League by Udinese Calcio, and after being relegated to the UEFA Cup, they were immediately knocked out by Halmstads. On 16 October 2005, following a 0–1 home defeat to Académica de Coimbra that saw Sporting sink to the seventh position, Poseiro resigned.
In 2007, Peseiro was named manager of Panathinaikos FC. After failing to win the Greece Super League and also losing 0–4 to neighbouring Olympiacos F.C, in the domestic cup, he was forced to step down even before the season began; he only coached them during pre-season.
In June 2008, Peseiro signed a three-year contract with Romanian club, FC Rapid București. On 2nd October, after being knocked out from the UEFA Cup by VfL Wolfsburg, he was sacked. However, he was reinstated a few days later and eventually resigned on 12th January 2009, after failing to agree on a new deal.
He switched to National team coaching and took over as coach of Saudi Arabia national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. His first game occurred on 28 March, 2009, and it ended with a 2–1 away win over Iran which was Saudi Arabia’s first ever victory in Iran home, and Iran’s first loss in nearly 40 home games. It looked like he was the perfect man for the job, until the nation failed to qualify for the world cup in South Africa. On 10th January 2011, he was sacked after losing the first game in the AFC Asian Cup against Syria.
On 3rd June 2012, Peseiro returned to club football and was appointed coach of S.C. Braga. He qualified the club to the group stage of the Champions League for the second time in their history, after defeating Udinese on penalties.
At the end of the season, despite winning the Taça da Liga and ranking fourth in the league, Braga and Peseiro reached an agreement to terminate the manager’s contract.
Poseiro next moved to UAE from 11th November 2013 to 11th January 2015. He worked with Al Wahda FC in the UAE Pro League. On 9th October 2015, Al Ahly SC of Egypt announced his signing; but upon hearing the news, fans of the club protested against the decision, saying he wasn’t qualified to coach the team.
On January 18, 2016, Poseirp returned to Portugal and took over as coach of FC Porto. After many defeats and losing the Portuguese cup, he was sacked and immediately signed for Braga in June of the same year. Sadly, in December of the same year, after consecutive defeats, being eliminated from the Europa league and losing the Portuguese cup, he was fired by Braga.
Peseiro returned to the UAE in January 2017 with Sharjah FC, and was sacked nine months later after a poor start to the new season. The following February, he went back to Portugal to sign a contract at Vitória S.C. He remained there till 2018, when he terminated his contract on mutual agreement.
In July 2018, he returned to Sporting; 13 years after first coaching them. In November, after just 4 months in the club, he was fired for bad results.
In February 2020, Poseiro returned to National team football as coach of Venezuela; his last duty before Nigeria. His first game was a 3-0 loss to Colombia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. He led then to the 2021 Copa America in Brazil where they were eliminated in the group stage. He resigned in August 2021 after being owed salaries for over a year.
In summary of achievements, Poseiro is a one-time Spanish Super cup winner with Real Madrid (as assistant coach), One-time Portuguese league cup winner with Braga, One-time Egyptian league champion with Al Ahly, One-time Europa league runner up, one-time promotion from Division to Portuguese league. He arrives Nigeria with a bag filled with over 30 years coaching experience in over 11 teams. One cup title, and European football knowledge. And least I forget, he left Venezuela because he was being owed salaries to join a nation whose last coach was fired with unpaid salaries.
©Peter Benjamin Peter