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Antônio Lopes
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Full name Antônio Lopes dos Santos
Date of birth (1941-06-12) June 12, 1941 (age 81)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1961 Olaria
1961–1962 Bonsucesso
Teams managed
1980 Olaria
1981 América
1981–1983 Vasco da Gama
1983–1985 Kuwait
1985–1986 Vasco da Gama
1986–1987 Fluminense
1987 Flamengo
1988 Ivory Coast
1988 Sport Recife
1988–1989 Al Wasl
1989–1990 Portuguesa
1990 Belenenses
1991 Vasco da Gama
1992 Internacional
1993 Santos
1993 Portuguesa
1994 Internacional
1994 Al-Hilal
1995 Cruzeiro
1995–1996 Cerro Porteño
1996 Paraná
1997–2000 Vasco da Gama
2000 Grêmio
2000 Atlético Paranaense
2002–2003 Vasco da Gama
2004 Coritiba
2005 Atlético Paranaense
2005 Corinthians
2006 Goiás
2006 Fluminense
2007 Atlético Paranaense
2008 Vasco da Gama
2009 Atlético Paranaense
2010 Avaí
2010–2011 Vitória
2011 América Mineiro
2011 Atlético Paranaense
Men's football
Representing  Kuwait (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Bronze 1984
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antônio Lopes dos Santos, usually known as Antônio Lopes (born June 12, 1941) is a Brazilian football head coach and former footballer.

Before being a football head coach, he worked as a chief police officer in Rio de Janeiro city.

Antônio Lopes was the assistant manager of the Brazil national football team, managed by Émerson Leão, in 2000. He was also the assistant manager of the Brazilian national team, managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, during the successful 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign.

In 2005, he was the manager of Corinthians, replacing Márcio Bittencourt, during most of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A season. The club, with Antônio Lopes as its head coach, won the competition.

Playing career

He played for Olaria from 1958 to 1961, and played for Bonsucesso in 1962.

Coaching career

During his career, he managed several clubs, including foreign clubs like Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates, Belenenses of Portugal, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, and Brazilian clubs like Fluminense, Flamengo, Sport Recife, Portuguesa, Internacional, Santos, Atlético Paranaense, Grêmio, Vasco da Gama, Coritiba, Paraná, Corinthians and Goiás. On March 9, 2010, Atlético Paranaense executive board had decided to suddenly dismiss the coach for undisclosed reasons and despite the fact that the team's results were satisfactory, so far (six wins, four draws and only one loss). Leandro Niehues has been named interim coach until a full-time replacement is found. On July 12, 2011, Antônio Lopes was hired as América-MG's head coach.

Personal life

His son, Júnior Lopes, is also a football manager.


  • Placar magazine's manager of year: 2005
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