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Carlos Carvalhal
Carvalhal as head coach of Beşiktaş in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-12-04) 4 December 1965 (age 58)
Place of birth Braga, Portugal
Height 1.78 m
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Olympiacos (manager)
Youth career
1978–1983 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Braga 7 (0)
1985–1986 Chaves 28 (0)
1986–1988 Braga 60 (1)
1988–1989 Porto 1 (0)
1989–1990 Beira-Mar 23 (0)
1990–1992 Braga 33 (0)
1992–1993 Tirsense 14 (0)
1993–1995 Chaves 44 (3)
1995–1999 Espinho 49 (0)
Total 259 (4)
National team
1985–1987 Portugal U21 9 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Espinho
1999–2000 Freamunde
2000 Vizela
2000–2001 Aves
2001–2002 Leixões
2003–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Belenenses
2006 Braga
2006–2007 Beira-Mar
2007–2008 Vitória Setúbal
2008 Asteras Tripolis
2009 Marítimo
2009–2010 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012 İstanbul Başakşehir
2015–2017 Sheffield Wednesday
2017–2018 Swansea City
2019–2020 Rio Ave
2020–2022 Braga
2022 Al Wahda
2022–2023 Celta
2023– Olympiacos
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ kɐɾvɐˈʎal]; born 4 December 1965) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a centre-back, currently manager of Super League Greece club Olympiacos.

As a player, he totalled 197 Primeira Liga appearances in service of six clubs, including two spells each at Braga and Chaves, as well as a single game for Porto.

In a managerial career of over two decades, Carvalhal led eight teams in Portugal's top flight, including Braga twice, winning the Taça de Portugal in 2021. He reached the same final with Leixões in 2002 and won the Taça da Liga with Vitória de Setúbal in 2008. Abroad, he had spells in Greece, Turkey, England, Wales, the United Arab Emirates and Spain.

Playing career

Born in Braga, Carvalhal represented mainly his hometown's Braga during his career. In the 1987–88 campaign, in one of his three spells at the club, he had one of his best years in the Primeira Liga, appearing in 34 games and only being booked seven times, even though the Minho team could only finish in 11th position.

Immediately afterwards, Carvalhal joined Porto, but was released after only one year, going on to represent in the following nine seasons – until his retirement at the age of 32 – Beira-Mar, Braga, Tirsense, Chaves and Espinho.

Coaching career

Early career

Carvalhal began managing at his last club Espinho, in the Segunda Liga, being dismissed early into his second year. In 2002, he became the first coach in the country to take a team in the third division to the UEFA Cup, after leading Leixões to the final of the Taça de Portugal. Two years later, he helped Vitória de Setúbal back to the top flight, which prompted his move to a side in that tier, Belenenses.

Carvalhal was sacked by Belenenses early into 2005–06, after five defeats in eight games. He met the same fate with the two teams he coached the following season, Braga and Beira-Mar. With the latter, he was dismissed in December 2006 after the Aveiro club signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company, in a relegation-ending campaign.

Returning to Setúbal for 2007–08, Carvalhal enjoyed his best year as a manager. He led the Sadinos to the sixth position in the league – with the subsequent UEFA Cup qualification and with the team posting one of the best defensive records in Europe that year – and victory in the inaugural edition of the Taça da Liga, against Sporting CP.

Marítimo and Sporting CP

In May 2008, Carvalhal accepted the first foreign job of his career at Asteras Tripolis of Super League Greece, signing a two-year contract worth an annual salary of 500,000. He left by mutual consent in November with the club in 12th, having been warned by compatriot José Peseiro about the precarious nature of management in the Mediterranean country.

Carvalhal returned to Portugal and joined Marítimo, only winning one match in 11 but with the Madeira side finishing comfortably in mid-table. He was relieved of his duties late into the year 2009, moving to Sporting in mid-November to replace the fired Paulo Bento.

As originally intended, Carvalhal left his post at the end of the season, with Sporting finishing in fourth position, 28 points behind champions Benfica.


On 2 August 2011, Carvalhal was appointed as caretaker manager of Beşiktaş from Turkey, as incumbent Tayfur Havutçu resolved his legal issues stemming from the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal. At the start of the following April, with the team trailing Galatasaray by 20 points and him having fallen out with compatriot star player Ricardo Quaresma, he was relieved of his duties and replaced by his predecessor.

Remaining in the same city, Carvalhal joined İstanbul Başakşehir also of the Süper Lig in May 2012. He resigned on 12 November, as they were in 14th place.

Sheffield Wednesday

On 30 June 2015, after nearly three years of inactivity, Carvalhal was appointed head coach of English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday. He led the team to sixth position in his debut campaign and, subsequently, qualified them for the play-offs, ultimately losing in the play-off final at Wembley. Another notable achievement in his first season in England was ousting Arsenal in the fourth round of the Football League Cup, with a 3–0 victory.

In May 2017, after leading Wednesday to a fourth-place league finish, Carvalhal became the first Portuguese to win the EFL Championship Manager of the Month award. He subsequently coached them to the play-offs, where they were defeated by Huddersfield Town on penalties.

Carvalhal left by mutual consent on 24 December 2017, as the side ranked in the lower half of the table.

Swansea City

On 28 December 2017, four days after leaving Sheffield Wednesday, Carvalhal moved to the Premier League with Swansea City following the sacking of Paul Clement the previous week. His first game in charge took place late in the month, and he led his team to a 2–1 away win over Watford, led by compatriot Marco Silva. After two consecutive league home victories against Liverpool (1–0) and Arsenal (3–1), he was nominated for his first Premier League Manager of the Month award for the month of January.

On 18 May 2018, after the club's relegation, Carvalhal left the Liberty Stadium.

Return to Portugal

Carvalhal returned to Portugal one year later, being named Rio Ave's coach, In his only season, he led the team from Vila do Conde to Europa League qualification in fifth place, along with a best-ever points tally of 55.

On 28 July 2020, two days after leaving Rio Ave, Carvalhal signed a two-year contract at Braga, returning to the Estádio Municipal de Braga 14 years later. The following 23 January, his side lost the league cup final 1–0 to Sporting; both he and opposing manager Rúben Amorim were sent off for arguing with each other. He also reached the decisive match in the other domestic cup, winning 3–2 at Porto in the semi-finals second leg in spite of playing more than one hour with one player less; the final was a 2–0 victory over Benfica on 23 May.

Carvalhal was linked to Flamengo in Brazil for the 2022 season, but would have faced a €10 million fine for not completing his Braga contract. Atlético Mineiro in the same country managed to reduce that fee down to €8 million due to only months remaining on his deal, but still considered it to be too high. He again finished fourth in the Portuguese League, reaching the quarter-finals in the Europa League; on 16 May, he asked the board of directors to allow him to leave and "embrace a new project", and his wish was granted.

Al Wahda

Carvalhal was linked to a return to the English second tier, and was interviewed by Blackburn Rovers. However, on 1 June 2022 he signed a one-year deal at Al Wahda in the UAE Pro League. He was dismissed on 3 October, having won and drawn once each from four games of the new season.


On 2 November 2022, Carvalhal was appointed at Celta after the sacking of Eduardo Coudet; he agreed to a contract until June 2024. In his first La Liga game three days later, he lost 2–1 at home to Osasuna. His team finished 13th, but only survived on the final day with a 2–1 win at Balaídos over champions Barcelona.

Carvalhal left the club on 10 June 2023. During his spell, and also after his departure, he stated in interviews that Iago Aspas had been the best player he had ever coached.


On 5 December 2023, Carvalhal signed as coach of Olympiacos.

Personal life

Carvalhal attended university alongside fellow coach Rui Faria in Porto, and studied for his UEFA Pro Licence alongside José Mourinho. He also authored the book Soccer: Developing a Know-How (2014), in which he discussed his own coaching philosophy.

Carvalhal has a five-year university degree awarded by the School of Sport Sciences of the University of Porto; the curricula included subjects such as psychology and philosophy. He was known for giving metaphorical and allegorical answers to questions in press conferences.

In 1988, Carvalhal co-founded Braga-based sportswear company Lacatoni, the ca in the brand's name coming from his surname. In July 2020, he suffered light injuries in an attempted mugging when returning home to Braga after a match.

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Espinho Portugal 20 May 1998 8 November 1999 &&&&&&&&&&&&&047.&&&&&047 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&058.&&&&&058 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.17000036.17
Freamunde Portugal 15 November 1999 30 May 2000 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.50000037.50
Vizela Portugal 30 June 2000 4 December 2000 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 +11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&057.14000057.14
Aves Portugal 4 December 2000 8 June 2001 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.&&&&&046 −29 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&900009.09
Leixões Portugal 8 June 2001 9 December 2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&&064.&&&&&064 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&0118.&&&&&0118 &&&&&&&&&&&&&056.&&&&&056 +62 &&&&&&&&&&&&&065.63000065.63
Vitória Setúbal Portugal 5 June 2003 19 May 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&069.&&&&&069 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 +26 &&&&&&&&&&&&&052.63000052.63
Belenenses Portugal 19 May 2004 27 October 2005 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.&&&&&046 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055 &&&&&&&&&&&&&048.&&&&&048 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&&039.13000039.13
Braga Portugal 10 May 2006 8 November 2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.15000046.15
Beira-Mar Portugal 10 November 2006 8 January 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 +0 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.67000016.67
Vitória Setúbal Portugal 23 May 2007 15 May 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 +14 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.19000044.19
Asteras Tripolis Greece 15 May 2008 11 November 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 −1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020.00
Marítimo Portugal 24 February 2009 28 September 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 −5 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.11000011.11
Sporting CP Portugal 16 November 2009 9 May 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&053.&&&&&053 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 +16 &&&&&&&&&&&&&048.48000048.48
Beşiktaş Turkey 2 August 2011 2 April 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&047.&&&&&047 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&070.&&&&&070 &&&&&&&&&&&&&056.&&&&&056 +14 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.81000046.81
İstanbul Başakşehir Turkey 16 May 2012 12 November 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 −5 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
Sheffield Wednesday England 30 June 2015 24 December 2017 &&&&&&&&&&&&0131.&&&&&0131 &&&&&&&&&&&&&056.&&&&&056 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 &&&&&&&&&&&&0177.&&&&&0177 &&&&&&&&&&&&0138.&&&&&0138 +39 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.75000042.75
Swansea City Wales 28 December 2017 18 May 2018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 &&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 −1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&032.&&&&&032.00
Rio Ave Portugal 28 May 2019 25 July 2020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&063.&&&&&063 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 +20 &&&&&&&&&&&&&047.62000047.62
Braga Portugal 28 July 2020 15 May 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&0104.&&&&&0104 &&&&&&&&&&&&&058.&&&&&058 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&0179.&&&&&0179 &&&&&&&&&&&&0110.&&&&&0110 +69 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.77000055.77
Al Wahda United Arab Emirates 1 June 2022 3 October 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
Celta Spain 2 November 2022 12 June 2023 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&040.&&&&&040 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&&034.48000034.48
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&0772.&&&&&0772 &&&&&&&&&&&&0340.&&&&&0340 &&&&&&&&&&&&0200.&&&&&0200 &&&&&&&&&&&&0232.&&&&&0232 &&&&&&&&&&&01111.&&&&&01,111 &&&&&&&&&&&&0858.&&&&&0858 +253 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&4000044.04




  • Taça de Portugal runner-up: 2001–02
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira runner-up: 2002


  • Taça da Liga: 2007–08


  • Taça de Portugal: 2020–21
  • Taça da Liga runner-up: 2020–21
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira runner-up: 2021


  • Football League Cup Manager of the Tournament: 2015–16
  • EFL Championship Manager of the Month: May 2017

See also

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