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José Peseiro

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Full nameJosé Vítor dos Santos Peseiro
Place of birthCoruche, Portugal

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José Vítor dos Santos Peseiro (born 4 April 1960 in Coruche, Portugal) is a football manager, who most notably served as an assistant for Carlos Queiroz during his Real Madrid tenure and as a manager for Sporting until his resignation in October 2005.

A graduate of the same football managing course as José Mourinho, Peseiro's career as manager started earlier, in the 1992 93 season for a local club, União de Santarém. After two seasons there, followed by two more in União de Montemor and three in Oriental up to 1999, when he moved to CD Nacional.

In the Madeira Islands club, he started to develop, winning the Portuguese Second Division and, two seasons later, finishing second in the Liga de Honra thus climbing to the top division. Finishing eleventh and completing his objective of securing the team in the top division, he was picked by Carlos Queiroz as first assistant in Real Madrid for the 2003 04 season. However, as things went badly for the Madrid side, Queiroz was given the sack and returned to his assistant position in Manchester United, and Peseiro was invited to Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Peseiro arrived at a time of change in Portuguese football, after Mourinho and the FC Porto team that had dominated the league and European competitions in the past two seasons was disbanded. The fans had high expectations for Peseiro, who they hoped could help the team recapture the title. A poor season start (with three defeats and two draws running up to week 9) was followed by a poor rest of season, with a total of 61 points. However, the equally mediocre seasons of both Porto and champions S.L. Benfica allowed the team to fight for the league title until the second to last matchday (Sporting was actually leading at the start of it), when Sporting lost to Benfica due to a last minute controversial goal by Luisão against Ricardo.

The UEFA Cup run, however, was much more positive finishing third in the group stage, Sporting knocked out Feyenoord, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, as a last-minute in overtime header by Miguel Garcia put Sporting ahead of AZ Alkmaar in the semi-finals, played at the Alkmaarder Hout. Further motivated by the possibility of lifting the cup in their own ground, the Estádio José Alvalade, Sporting faced CSKA Moscow (who knocked out Benfica earlier in the competition and was previously in the FC Porto's UEFA Champions League group stage). A goal by Rogério put the team ahead until the half time, but in the second half the Russian team turned the tide against Sporting, who was shell-shocked after the first goal by Aleksei Berezutskiy and allowed a second by Yuri Zhirkov. In a dramatic turn of events, Rogério sent what looked a sure equaliser to the far post, and in the counter-attack Vágner Love closed the scoreline against an hopeless Ricardo.

The start of the 2005 06 season was little less of catastrophic, losing the Champions League qualification to Udinese, and then being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Halmstads BK in the Alvalade XXI. While the league started well for Sporting, a first defeat against Nacional was followed by a strained victory against Vitória FC, and after losing to Halmstads the team suffered a beating at the hands of recently promoted FC Paços de Ferreira. In 16 October, a 0 1 defeat against Académica de Coimbra sank Sporting into 7th place, and two days later, team president António Dias da Cunha accepted his resignation.

During his tenure with Sporting, Peseiro was frequently accused of not being able to combine "positive" football with positive results. The team's style was of a possession football, with long sequences of quick passing in a midfield lead by Fábio Rochemback, and seconded by João Moutinho. With the top players at the start, Sporting was usually quite dominating, winning games fairly easily. However, Peseiro, in a misguided attempt of squad rotation, failed to keep a steady base in the team by frequently swapping out up to 5 players from game to game. This led to a noticeable drop in the team's concentration, thus resulting in frustrating draws or losses after brilliant performances. He also earned the fame of being a poor motivator and having a loose grip on the changing room. As an illustration of this, Fábio Rochemback was once caught on camera telling him to "Go take it up the arse" after being subbed out, an episode repeated months later with Liédson. Rochemback was then transferred to Middlesbrough FC, where he appeared in the 2006 UEFA Cup final.

For the 2007/08 season, he was at the helm of the Greek side Panathinaikos but after failing to win the Greek championship, he was forced to resign following protests by fans.

In June 2008 he signed a three year contract with Romanian football club FC Rapid Bucureşti.

As of the 2008 2009 season, Peseiro was send to the stand twice for kicking the ball away and participating in a scandal that occurred between Rapid and CFR Cluj while in a derby.

On October 2, 2008 Rapid was knocked out from UEFA Cup by the German club Wolfsburg and Peseiro was sacked and then reinstated a few days later.

He eventually resigned from Rapid on 12 January 2009, after failing to agree with on new contract conditions.

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