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Leonardo Jardim

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 18.03CET
Olympiacos FC
Leonardo Jardim
Leonardo Jardim (SC Braga) ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 18.03CET

Leonardo Jardim

Olympiacos FC

Date of birth: 1 August 1974
Nationality: Portuguese 
Coaching career:
 AD Camacha, GD Chaves, SC Beira-Mar, SC Braga, Olympiacos FC

• Played football at an amateur level during his youth and despite taking a passing interest in handball, it was always Jardim's intention to become a coach. As a result he studied physical education at the University of Madeira, and at 24 became the youngest Portuguese coach to obtain a UEFA A licence. 

• Three years later, in 2001, appointed assistant coach at Madeiran club Camacha, where he impressed sufficiently to take charge of first-team duties two years later. Left to join Chaves midway through 2007/08, masterminding rise to the second division 18 months later. 

• Also won promotion at Beira-Mar after taking charge in summer 2009 and preserved their top-flight status the following season before stepping down. 

• Signed a three-year contract when he succeeded Domingos Paciência at Braga in 2011 but left after only one having guided the club to a third-placed finish, helped by a record-breaking 13 successive league wins at the turn of the year, and into the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• Confirmed as the new coach of Olympiacos in June 2012, putting pen to paper on a two-year contract, to become the fourth former Braga coach to work in Greece, after Carlos Carvalhal (Asteras Tripolis FC), Jesualdo Ferreira (Panathinaikos FC) and Manuel Machado (Aris Thessaloniki FC).

Last updated: 15/09/12 15.28CET

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