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Leonardo Jardim

Published: Tuesday 1 August 2017, 18.03CET
AS Monaco FC
Leonardo Jardim
Leonardo Jardim took over at Monaco in summer 2014 ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 August 2017, 18.03CET

Leonardo Jardim

AS Monaco FC

Date of birth: 1 August 1974
Nationality: Portuguese 
Coaching career:
 AD Camacha, GD Chaves, SC Beira-Mar, SC Braga, Olympiacos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, AS Monaco FC

• Played football at an amateur level during his youth and despite a passing interest in handball, it was always Jardim's intention to become a coach. 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, but dismissed the following January despite a ten-point lead in the league. Resurfaced at Sporting, leading the club to second place in the 2013/14 Portuguese Liga.

• Subsequently succeeded Claudio Ranieri at Monaco, guiding the club to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2014/15, when they finished third in Ligue 1. Jardim and Monaco were third again the following season; that set up a remarkable run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17, an attack-minded young side also winning Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

Last updated: 11/09/17 18.31CET

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