The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has named Jose Peseiro as the Super Eagles‘ new head coach.
Jose Peseiro was born on April 4, 1960, in Portugal. His most recent coaching assignment was in Venezuela.
However, his track record as a football manager has been largely dismal, with numerous sackings and no major trophies to his credit.
He managed in Africa, but hundreds of Ahly fans gathered outside the club’s headquarters in protest one day after the Portuguese was named the Egyptian club’s new head coach in 2015.
The protesters demanded that the decision be reversed by the team’s management board.
Following a trophy-less season, Ahly named Peseiro, a former Real Madrid assistant manager, as the new manager.
Some Ahly supporters were critical of the new coach’s appointment, citing his perceived softness and lack of titles as reasons.
Jose Peseiro failed to lead Saudi Arabia to the 2010 World Cup finals as a national team manager.
His most notable achievement was leading Sporting Lisbon to the Europa League final in 2005, where they were defeated by CSKA Moscow.
Jose Peseiro Coaching Style and his management record
Jose Peseiro spent his first eight years as a manager in Portuguese football’s third and fourth tiers, having started out as a player-coach with his last club.
He joined C.D. Nacional in the summer of 1999, and over the next three seasons, he guided them to the Primeira Liga.
He led the team to a final ranking of 11th in 2002–03.
Peseiro assisted Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid in 2003–04.
The pair were fired at the end of the season after the team lost a significant lead in the table, eventually being surpassed by Valencia CF, FC Barcelona, and Deportivo de La Corua, and the latter returned to his assistant position at Manchester United.
Jose Peseiro joined Sporting CP for the 2004–05 season.
After three losses and two draws in his first nine games as coach, the team finished third with 61 points, four points behind champions S.L. Benfica.
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After defeating Feyenoord, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle United in the UEFA Cup, he guided the team to a runner-up finish.
The final was held at the Estádio José Alvalade, and the hosts lost 3–1 to PFC CSKA Moscow after taking a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Lions were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Udinese Calcio at the start of the 2005–06 season, and after being relegated to the UEFA Cup, they were knocked out by Halmstads BK 4–4 on aggregate after a 2–3 home loss.
Peseiro resigned on October 16, 2005, after Sporting fell to seventh place after a 0–1 home defeat to Académica de Coimbra.
Peseiro was named manager of Panathinaikos FC in the 2007 off-season.
He was forced to resign after failing to win the Super League Greece and also losing 0–4 to Olympiacos F.C. in the domestic cup.
Peseiro signed a three-year contract with Romanian club FC Rapid București in June 2008.
He was fired on October 2, 2008, after VfL Wolfsburg eliminated them from the UEFA Cup, only to be reinstated a few days later.
After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract, he resigned on January 12, 2009.
Peseiro took over as coach of the Saudi Arabian national team from Nasser Al-Johar in 2009, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
On March 28, he played his first game, a 2–1 away win over Iran, which was the former’s first victory in Iran and the latter’s first loss in nearly 40 home games.
After losing the first game in the AFC Asian Cup against Syria, he was relieved of his duties on January 10, 2011, after the country failed to reach the finals in South Africa.
Peseiro was appointed to S.C. Braga on June 3, 2012.
Rben Micael, a Portuguese international, was his first major signing, and he helped the club qualify for the Champions League group stage for the second time in its history, after defeating Udinese on penalties.
Despite winning the Taça da Liga and finishing fourth in the league, Braga and Peseiro agreed to end the manager’s contract at the end of the season.
Peseiro played for Al Wahda FC in the UAE Pro League from November 11, 2013 to January 11, 2015.
Al Ahly SC announced his signing on October 9, 2015, and fans were outraged by the decision, citing his lackluster résumé as a reason.
Peseiro took over at FC Porto on January 18, 2016, after parting ways with the Egyptian club.
Despite the fact that the team was still in third place at the time of the Spaniard’s dismissal, he had more losses than his predecessor and also lost the Taça de Portugal final on penalties to former team Braga.
Jose Peseiro signed a two-year contract with Braga on June 6, 2016.
He was fired on December 14, 2016, after consecutive home losses to FC Shakhtar Donetsk (2–4) and S.C. Covilh (1–2) resulted in elimination from the Europa League and the Portuguese Cup, respectively.
Jose Peseiro returned to the UAE with Sharjah FC in January 2017, but was fired nine months later after a poor start to the new season.
He returned home in February to sign a contract with Vitória S.C. until June 2019, which he rescinded a year early by mutual agreement.
Jose Peseiro returned to Sporting in July 2018 after a 13-year absence, taking over the reins at a club that had lost several key players due to fan violence and whose previous manager, Sinia Mihajlovi, had only lasted nine days.
He was relieved of his duties on November 1, 2018, after a poor overall performance and a 1–2 home loss to G.D. Estoril Praia in the Taça da Liga group stage.
Jose Peseiro was reassigned to the national team by Venezuela on February 4, 2020, following the resignation of Rafael Dudamel.
He made his debut in a 3–0 loss to Colombia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification on October 9, 2020.
Venezuela was eliminated from the Copa América 2021 in Brazil after two draws and two losses in the group stage.
During the South American country’s economic crisis, he resigned in August after not being paid for over a year.
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