Vitor Manuel De Oliveira Lopes Pereira
His full name is Vítor Manuel de Oliveira Lopes Pereira. The 46-year-old coach (born 26 July 1968) was born in Espinho, Portugal. He understood at an early stage that his footballing career would be… his second and he therefore decided, at the age of 29, to stop playing football and start managing, while developing his ideas on football.
He started his managing career as coach of the Padroense Academies and was later hired by Porto! Between 2004 and 2007 he worked for the first (and second successive) time as head coach in a club. Sanjoanense and Espinho were the first clubs he managed as head coach, but he then immediately returned in Porto's Academies. His experience with young players is one of Mr Vitor Pereira's strong points; he has in fact worked with young players on top level, as he was in charge of Porto's academies.
He then decided it was time to start working as head coach again and his next endeavour was Santa Clara in the Portuguese second division. He achieved many important things there; his team played nice football and during his two seasons with the club, they narrowly missed their promotion to the Portuguese Super Liga. He led the club to the third position in his first year and the fourth place in the second, whereas his coaching with Santa Clara secured him his return to Porto in 2010…
His dream slowly started coming true. Mr Pereira was then appointed as assistant manager of the (then) great star of the Portuguese coaching school, André Villas-Boas. He was his assistant nearly until the end of the season and was then immediately promoted to first-team manager of the Dragons, following Villas-Boas's departure to Chelsea. On 21 June 2011 Mr Pereira won the Portuguese Supercup final against Guimarães during and his first title as Porto's head coach. However, he did not stop there as coaching champions had taken root into him. He won two further really important titles as Porto's head coach: the Portuguese league titles! His name was linked with successful campaigns of the club, taking into consideration that during the 2012/2013 season Mr Pereira won the league title, with the Dragons conceding only 6 draws in 30 matches!
His achievements were noticed by clubs outside the Iberian Peninsula, and more particularly Everton. Mr Pereira came really close to being appointed manager of the English club, as well as of Newcastle. He then signed a contract with Al-Ahli which he managed until recently. He was rumoured to coach Crystal Palace too, but he is now at the helm of the Legend.