Date of birth: 30 August 1970
Playing career: SL Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, FC Internazionale Milano, Parma FC (loan), Panathinaikos FC, RCD Espanyol
Coaching career: Portugal Under-16s, Queens Park Rangers FC, Swansea City AFC, Leicester City FC, Videoton FC, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, FC Basel 1893
• During a 13-year career as a gifted midfielder, Sousa played in his native Portugal – where he started with Benfica – Italy, Germany, Greece and Spain, representing some of the continent's most high-profile clubs.
• A 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner in a squad coached by Carlos Queiroz, Sousa earned 51 senior caps for Portugal without scoring. He lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy in 1996 with Juventus following spells at Benfica and Sporting, and got his hands on Europe's top club prize again a year later having joined Dortmund.
• Spent his early years in club management in the English second tier, taking charge of QPR and Swansea in successive seasons before a short stint at Leicester.
• A move to Hungarian outfit Videoton in May 2011 led to Sousa's first coaching experience in European competition, the highlight being progress from the second qualifying round into the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage. Left in January 2013 and five months later was appointed coach of Maccabi Tel-Aviv, whom he guided to the Israeli title in his sole campaign.
• Succeeded Murat Yakin as coach of Basel on a three-year contract in May 2014 less than four weeks after landing the Israeli championship.
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