Former FC Porto captain Pedro Emanuel has decided to put an end to his playing career at 34 after being named as the Portuguese double-winners' new Under-17 coach, with the Angolan-born defender sure "this is the perfect time to say goodbye".
Perdo Emanuel joined Porto in 2002 after winning a league title and a Portuguese Cup with their neighbours, Boavista FC. At the Estádio do Dragão he helped them win the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League, five more Liga titles and another three Portuguese Cups. Porto won a domestic double in 2008/09 with the 34-year-old then being offered a job as U17 coach from next season. "This is the perfect time to say goodbye, after winning the league and the cup," he said. "Now it is time for a new challenge. I am thrilled with the opportunity to stay at the club and to lead the U17 team next year." Porto start their 2009/10 UEFA Champions League campaign in the group stage.
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