Born in Porto in 1977 and, despite being still young, he already has a career full of success, working in several top clubs. The football coach is currently in China, but returns whenever he can to the city where he was born.
Passionate about football since he was a child, André Villas-Boas embarked on this career almost by chance. Sir Bobby Robson, who coached FC Porto in the 1990s, was his neighbour. André, who had always been a fan of FC Porto and spoke fluent English, lost his shyness and started talking about football with his neighbour. The British coach was impressed by his knowledge of football and suggested that he take a coaching course.
He was trained in England, but Villas-Boas would eventually arrive at FC Porto as coach of the youth teams. After an experience as technical director in the British Virgin Islands, he met up again with José Mourinho, who had also worked with Robson. He worked with Mourinho at FC Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, before taking over as head coach at Académica.
In June 2010 he was to be presented as the coach of FC Porto, a place that is said to be his “dream come true” and where he would conquer a national championship, a Portuguese Cup and the Europa League.
It was the springboard for his international success, but it never made him leave the city where he grew up and where he likes to walk with his wife, Joana, and his three children.
Académica (Portugal) 2009/10
FC Porto (Portugal) 2010/2011
Chelsea (England) 2011/12
Tottenham (England) 2012/13
Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) 2014/16
Shanghai SIPG (China) 2016
Fé Wine & Club – Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre nº1, Porto
An old classic Seafood restaurant. Be sure to taste the hot spice sauce of the house.
Roberto Ivens Street, 628
A place to walk / visit:
From Baixa to Cantareira by bike
A romantic place:
Lunch at Casa Lindo, Gramado, Valbom
Travessa Convention of Gramido 26, Valbom
A secret of the city that he wants to reveal:
Rua do Alto da Arrábida. It is one of the best views of the city.