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Jorge Jesus

Jorge Jesus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus (born 24 July 1954) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right midfielder, and the current manager of S.L. Benfica.

Playing career

Jesus, son of Jesus Virgolino who played for Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 1940s, was born in Amadora, Lisbon, and finished his football formation precisely with the top division giants, making his top flight debuts with S.C. Olhanense on loan from the Lions.

He played with Sporting's first team in the 1975–76 season, appearing in 12 matches (one start) as the capital club finished in fifth position.[1] Subsequently released, he played in the country's top flight in seven of the following eight years, representing C.F. Os Belenenses, Grupo Desportivo Riopele, Juventude de Évora, União de Leiria, Vitória de Setúbal and S.C. Farense, amassing totals in the category of 167 games and 13 goals.

Jesus retired in 1989 at the age of 35, after spells in the second (mainly with hometown's C.F. Estrela da Amadora) and third levels.

Coaching career

Early years

After starting as a manager with lowly Amora FC, Jesus moved in November 1993 to F.C. Felgueiras as a replacement for Rodolfo Reis, helping the club promote to the top flight in his second season and being in and out of the team until January 1998, with Felgueiras back in division two.[2][3]

Subsequently he led former team Estrela da Amadora to two consecutive eighth-place finishes in the first division and, in quick succession, managed both Vitória de Setúbal and Amadora, celebrating top flight promotions with both even though he was fired by the latter in March 2003.[4][5] In 2003–04 he helped Vitória de Guimarães narrowly avoid relegation, finishing two points ahead of first relegated team F.C. Alverca.[6]

In the following four years, always in division one, Jesus was in charge of Moreirense FC (suffering relegation), União de Leiria and Belenenses, finishing fifth with the latter and qualifying to the UEFA Cup, and adding a presence in the 2007 Portuguese Cup final, losing 0–1 to Sporting.

On 20 May 2008, one day after leaving Belenenses, Jesus took over at Sporting Clube de Braga, leading the Minho side to the fifth position in the league and the round-of-16 in the UEFA Cup. Highlights in the latter competition included a 3–0 home win against Portsmouth and a last-minute 0–1 defeat to A.C. Milan at the San Siro.


On 16 June 2009 Jesus replaced Quique Flores at the helm of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. In his first year he led the Reds to the first division title after a five-year wait (only two league defeats, 78 goals scored), also reaching the quarterfinals in the Europa League, losing to Liverpool on a 3–5 aggregate score (this would be the last match Benfica would lose in a run that lasted 27 games); he quickly implemented a 4–1–3–2 formation which resulted in highly attractive football.[7]

On 5 October 2009 Jesus achieved his 100th victory in the Portuguese League, in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Paços de Ferreira. The following month he experienced his first Derby de Lisboa, which ended in a 0–0 away draw; at the end of the victorious campaign, which also brought the domestic League Cup, the manager was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2013.[8]

After a 2–0 win at VfB Stuttgart for the season's Europa League (4–1 on aggregate), Benfica's first ever victory in Germany, Jesus surpassed the record held by Jimmy Hagan's 1972–73 team, with 16 consecutive wins.[9] During the league campaign, which started without departed Ángel di María and Ramires, the lack of rotation caused a major fatigue in the most used players,[10][11] and the club only conquer the League Cup.[12]

On 10 December 2012, after a 3–1 away victory against Sporting, Jesus became the most successful Portuguese coach in the capital derby with seven wins in a total of nine, surpassing Toni (6/10).[13] On 26 January of the following year he defeated former side Braga at the Estádio Municipal de Braga for the first time, after three defeats and one draw.[14]

On 15 March 2013, in a match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux for the campaign's Europa League, Jesus reached the 200 game-milestone with Benfica, becoming the sixth coach in the club's history to do so.[15] During the season he led the club to its first European final in 23 years: after coming third in its group in the UEFA Champions League, the side reached the final of the Europa League, losing 1–2 to Chelsea.[16][17] Domestically, Benfica finished second in the league despite leading up to second to last day,[18] and reached the reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, their first since 2004–05, suffering an unexpected defeat at the hands of Guimarães;[19] these losses added great pressure on the manager, as the club ended the season trophyless for the first time since 2007–08.[20]

On 4 June 2013, Jesus renewed his contract for a further two seasons.[21] On 22 September, at the end of a 1–0 win at former club Guimarães, he was involved in a bizarre incident as he fought with police officers to rescue a Benfica fan, who ran onto the pitch to celebrate with the team.[22]





Managerial statistics

As of 23 October 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Felgueiras Portugal 1 November 1993 12 May 1996 98 38 28 32 119 107 +12 38.78
Felgueiras Portugal 23 February 1997 11 January 1998 34 17 6 11 43 34 +9 50.00
União Madeira Portugal 11 April 1998 17 May 1998 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 33.33
Estrela Amadora Portugal 1 July 1998 14 May 2000 73 23 28 22 79 79 +0 31.51
Setúbal Portugal 4 October 2000 22 January 2002 30 18 5 7 58 40 +18 60.00
Estrela Amadora Portugal 2 February 2002 4 March 2003 41 21 9 11 50 41 +9 51.22
Vitória Guimarães Portugal 10 December 2003 10 May 2004 22 7 6 9 17 21 −4 31.82
Moreirense Portugal 5 April 2005 24 May 2005 7 2 3 2 9 7 +2 28.57
União Leiria Portugal 26 September 2005 11 May 2006 30 13 6 11 43 34 +9 43.33
Belenenses Portugal 30 May 2006 19 May 2008 75 33 15 27 94 78 +16 44.00
Braga Portugal 20 May 2008 16 June 2009 53 27 14 12 77 35 +42 50.94
Benfica Portugal 17 June 2009 Present 226 154 37 35 478 195 +283 68.14
Total 695 355 159 181 1,075 678 +397 51.08

Benfica seasons

Champions Runners-up Third / SF Unfinished
Season Club Nat Domestic Continental Trophies
2009–10 Benfica Portugal W 4R W R8 2
2010–11 RU SF W RU GS SF 1
2011–12 RU 5R W R8 1
2012–13 RU RU SF GS RU 0

Personal life

Jesus married his second wife, Ivone, in 1991, and the couple had a son, Mauro (born 1994). From his previous marriage, he had daughter Tania (1977) and son Gonçalo (1979).[23][24]

Jesus had over 1 million invested in the Banco Privado Português (BPP), when it went bankrupt in 2009.[25]


External links

  • Player and coach profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • Coach stats at ForaDeJogo

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