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Andres Villa-Boas

Looking forward to seeing Porto tonight. Andres Villa-Boas's record as a coach/manager is simply stunning.


  • Only heard of him today. Was never a player and has only been managing for about two years, worked with Bobby Robson and Jose Mourinho.

    The Portuguese has no professional playing career behind him and was
    first encouraged into coaching by Bobby Robson in the mid-1990s after
    writing to the then Porto manager to urge him to select a striker,
    Domingos, more regularly. Robson was suitably impressed to employ the
    youngster in his scouting department. Domingos Paciência will confront
    Villas Boas in the dugout on Wednesday evening as manager of Braga.

    used him as an opposition assessor at Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale
    before the pair parted, a fracture born of Villas Boas's desire to make
    his own mark and "risk" life as a manager in his own right. He arrived
    at Académica de Coimbra in October 2009 with the club winless and
    anchored to the bottom of the Primeira Liga. They recovered to finish
    11th in the 16-team division and were narrowly beaten in the domestic
    cup semi-final by Porto. Yet the victors that day had recognised the
    young man's quality and hired him as a replacement for Jesualdo Ferreira
    last June.

    The statistics alone generated by his first campaign
    at the Estádio do Dragão are mind-boggling. Porto reclaimed their
    domestic title on 3 April, with five rounds of matches still to play. At
    one stage they won 16 league matches in a row, with their final tally –
    27 wins and three draws – the stuff of dreams. This club has
    obliterated all-comers. Braga finished a respectable fourth, but they
    were a distant 38 points away.

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