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André Villas-Boas

Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 8.41CET
FC Zenit
André Villas-Boas
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Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 8.41CET

André Villas-Boas

FC Zenit

Date of birth: 17 October 1977
Nationality: Portuguese
Coaching career: A. Académica de Coimbra, FC Porto, Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, FC Zenit

• An amateur player in his teens with Ramaldense FC and Clube Marechal Gomes da Costa, Villas-Boas never played professional football, laying the groundwork for a coaching career with a spell as a teenage talent scout during Sir Bobby Robson's spell as coach of Porto in the mid-1990s.

• Still in his 20s, he took on a role as technical director with the British Virgin Islands Football Association in 2000, but was back working with Porto's youth players by the time José Mourinho took him into his inner circle following his appointment as Porto coach in January 2002.

• Initially detailed to scout upcoming opponents, he followed Mourinho from Porto to Chelsea and FC Internazionale Milano before striking out on his own as coach of Académica in October 2009. An 11th-placed finish in his only season in Coimbra was enough to persuade Porto to bring him in as Jesualdo Ferreira's replacement; hired in June 2010, he became the club's youngest ever coach aged just 32.

• Oversaw a memorable 2010/11 campaign at the Estádio do Dragão, becoming the first Portuguese to guide a side through a Liga campaign unbeaten, winning the Super Cup, national championship and Portuguese Cup as well as the UEFA Europa League after beating SC Braga in the Dublin final.

• Joined Chelsea in June 2011 but lasted just nine months By the start of 2012/13 he was at Tottenham, who he guided to fifth with a club record Premier League points haul, before departing after a poor start to the following season. In March 2014 took over at Zenit, guiding them to the Russian Premier League title in his first full season in charge.

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