Paulo Sousa


Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa, CavIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈso(w)zɐ]; born 30 August 1970) is a Portuguese football manager and former professional player who played as a defensive midfielder. He is the head coach of the Poland national team.

Paulo Sousa
Sousa in 2014
Personal information
Full name Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa[1]
Date of birth (1970-08-30) 30 August 1970 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Viseu, Portugal[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Poland (manager)
Youth career
1984–1986 Repesenses
1986–1989 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Benfica 86 (1)
1993–1994 Sporting CP 31 (2)
1994–1996 Juventus 54 (1)
1996–1997 Borussia Dortmund 27 (1)
1998–2000 Inter Milan 31 (0)
2000Parma (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2002 Panathinaikos 28 (1)
2002 Espanyol 9 (0)
Total 256 (5)
National team
1987 Portugal U16 8 (0)
1987–1988 Portugal U18 4 (0)
1989 Portugal U20 2 (0)
1989–1991 Portugal U21 9 (1)
1991–2002 Portugal 52 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Portugal U16
2008–2009 Queens Park Rangers
2009–2010 Swansea City
2010 Leicester City
2011–2013 Videoton
2013–2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2014–2015 Basel
2015–2017 Fiorentina
2017–2018 Tianjin Quanjian
2019–2020 Bordeaux
2021– Poland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Starting his career at Benfica, he also represented Sporting in his country, where he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 117 matches and three goals in five years. From there onwards, he competed mainly in Italy and in Germany, winning the Champions League with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund and the Intercontinental Cup with the latter side. His later career was severely hampered by injuries.[2]

Sousa was a member of Portugal's "Golden Generation".[3] and appeared with the national team at the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships. He took up coaching in the late 2000s, managing clubs in several countries and winning national championships with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Basel.

Playing career


Club

Born in Viseu, Sousa began playing professionally for S.L. Benfica, and was a starter from an early age. He won the Primeira Liga championship in 1990–91, and the Taça de Portugal two years later.[4]

In the summer of 1993, Sousa signed for Lisbon neighbours Sporting CP together with his teammate António Pacheco.[5] In one season, he partnered Luís Figo and Krasimir Balakov in midfield and the Lions did not win any silverware.[6]

Sousa played with Juventus F.C. for two seasons after joining in 1994, leading the Turin side to the 1995–96 conquest of the UEFA Champions League.[4] He also won the previous year's Serie A, adding the domestic cup and supercups and also finishing as runners-up in the UEFA Cup.[2]

Sousa then moved to Germany to play for Borussia Dortmund, where he repeated the Champions League triumph the following campaign.[4] The final was against his former club Juventus and, although he appeared in that game, his Dortmund spell was plagued with injuries, which followed him the remainder of his career.[2]

Sousa subsequently returned to Italy to play for Inter Milan, and eventually retired in summer 2002 at the age of 31, after briefly representing Parma A.C. on loan,[7] Panathinaikos F.C. and RCD Espanyol.[4]

International

A member of the Portugal squad that won the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship,[8] Sousa went on to earn 51 caps for the senior national team.[4] His international debut came on 16 January 1991, in a friendly against Spain that ended in a 1–1 draw.[9]

Sousa played for his country at UEFA Euro 1996[10][11] and 2000,[9] and was a squad member at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but did not take part in a single match.[2] His last appearance came shortly before the latter competition, a 2–0 friendly win over China.[12]

Style of play


Sousa was a hard-working, tactically intelligent and versatile player, who was effective both offensively and defensively, courtesy of his anticipation and ability to read the game, although he was not known for his speed. Although he was usually classified as a hard-tackling defensive midfielder, he also possessed excellent vision and control, and was often deployed as a deep-lying playmaker throughout his career due to his passing accuracy, technique and ability to control the tempo of his teams' play; his playing style drew comparisons with Paulo Roberto Falcão throughout his career.

In addition to his skill and creative abilities, Sousa was also renowned for his leadership.[9][13][14][15][16]

Coaching career


Portugal national teams

Sousa began working as a manager by joining the coaching staff of the Portugal national team, taking the helm of the under-16s, and in the summer of 2008 he was appointed assistant to first-team coach Carlos Queiroz, his former boss at Sporting and the Portuguese youths.[17]

Queens Park Rangers

On 19 November 2008, Sousa was appointed head coach of Championship team Queens Park Rangers.[18] However, on 9 April 2009, he was sacked, as the club claimed he had divulged sensitive information without permission from the hierarchy, which included Dexter Blackstock's loan move to Nottingham Forest having been agreed without his knowledge.[19]

Swansea City

Following Roberto Martínez's move to Wigan Athletic, Sousa was offered the role as Swansea City manager on 18 June 2009.[20] He verbally accepted the deal, signing a three-year contract, and was officially appointed on the 23rd.[21]

During the league campaign, Sousa led Swansea to its highest league finish for 27 years (seventh), just outside the play-offs.[22] On 4 July 2010, he departed by mutual consent, set to take the vacant post at Leicester City.[23]

Leicester City

Sousa became the new manager of Leicester City on 7 July 2010. Owner Milan Mandarić stated that he was delighted to "acquire a manager of such great calibre", adding he was "the right man to take our club forward".[24]

On 1 October 2010, after less than three months in charge, Sousa was fired after a poor start to the season, with the team having won only once in his first nine league games.[25]

Videoton

Sousa managing Leicester City in 2010

On 15 May 2011, Sousa signed a three-year contract with Hungarian club Videoton FC, newly crowned champions of the Nemzeti Bajnokság I.[26] He made his competitive debut in the Champions League qualifying round to SK Sturm Graz in a 0–2 away loss,[27] followed by an insufficient 3–2 home win.[28]

On 30 August 2012, the day of his 42nd birthday, Videoton hosted Trabzonspor in the season's Europa League last qualifying round. After the 4–2 penalty shoot-out win (0–0 after 120 minutes), he stated: "The qualification was the most beautiful birthday of my life".[29]

On 7 January 2013, Videoton announced that they had agreed to terminate Sousa's contract due to family reasons.[30] That same day, it was reported that he would become the new manager of the New York Red Bulls,[31] but nothing came of it.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

On 12 June 2013, Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. officially appointed Sousa as its head coach.[32] He won the Israeli Premier League in his first and only season in charge.[33][34]

Basel

Sousa changed clubs and countries again on 28 May 2014, signing a three-year contract with FC Basel in the Swiss Super League.[35] He left on 17 June of the following year, after again winning the national championship.[36]

Fiorentina

On 21 June 2015, Sousa joined Serie A club ACF Fiorentina.[37][38] He left on 6 June 2017, following the appointment of Stefano Pioli.[39]

Tianjin Quanjian

On 6 November 2017, Sousa signed for Tianjin Quanjian F.C. of the Chinese Super League, replacing Fabio Cannavaro.[40] On 4 October of the following year, he left his post.[41]

Bordeaux

Sousa became FC Girondins de Bordeaux's third coach of the season on 8 March 2019 after Gus Poyet and Ricardo Gomes, agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year deal.[42] Having come 12th in his only full season, disputes with the board led to his resignation on 10 August 2020.[43][44]

Poland

On 21 January 2021, Polish Football Association president Zbigniew Boniek announced Sousa as the head coach of the Poland national team; the latter replaced Jerzy Brzęczek, who had been dismissed shortly after in spite of achieving qualification for Euro 2020.[45] In his first match in charge, on 25 March, his side drew 3–3 against Hungary in the 2022 World Cup qualification.[46][47]

Career statistics


Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[48][49]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Benfica1989–90Primeira Liga20100030
1990–913603020410
1991–922315030311
1992–932504160351
Total 8611311101102
Sporting1993–94Primeira Liga3126060432
Juventus1994–95Serie A26160100421
1995–962800081361
Total 54160181782
Borussia Dortmund1996–97Bundesliga1110040151
1997–981602150231
Total 2712190382
Inter Milan1997–98Serie A1100000110
1998–991004030170
1999–20001000000100
Total 3104030380
Parma (loan)1999–2000Serie A800020100
Panathinaikos2000–01Alpha Ethniki603041131
2001–02405070160
Total 10080111291
Espanyol2001–02La Liga90000090
Career total 25653926023559

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year[50]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Portugal
199150
199200
199380
199450
199560
199650
199750
199820
199980
200050
200120
200210
Total520

Managerial statistics


As of match played 14 June 2021[51]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
PWDLGFGAGDWin %
Queens Park Rangers 19 November 2008 9 April 2009 26 7 12 7 23 24 −1 026.92
Swansea City 23 June 2009 4 July 2010 49 18 18 13 45 41 +4 036.73
Leicester City 7 July 2010 1 October 2010 12 4 2 6 18 27 −9 033.33
Videoton 1 June 2011 7 January 2013 88 52 17 19 140 63 +77 059.09
Maccabi Tel Aviv 11 June 2013 28 May 2014 49 31 10 8 91 45 +46 063.27
Basel 28 May 2014 17 June 2015 50 31 8 11 112 60 +52 062.00
Fiorentina 21 June 2015 6 June 2017 95 43 25 27 154 121 +33 045.26
Tianjin Quanjian 6 November 2017 5 October 2018 37 13 10 14 51 58 −7 035.14
Bordeaux 8 March 2019 10 August 2020 42 13 12 17 53 51 +2 030.95
Poland 21 January 2021 Present 6 1 3 2 11 10 +1 016.67
Total 454 213 117 124 698 500 +198 046.92

Honours


Player

Benfica[52]

Juventus[52]

Borussia Dortmund[52]

Portugal

Individual

Manager

Videoton[55]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[55]

Basel[55]

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Further reading


  • Lopes, Luís (2008). Os Magníficos: Paulo Sousa, o jogador que redefiniu a função de trinco [The Magnificents: Paulo Sousa, the player who redefined the role of a defensive midfielder] (First ed.). QuidNovi. ISBN 978-989-554-502-5.