Who the hell is André Villas-Boas ?

In this article we take a look at the impressive career of new Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas on his rise from a 19 year old scout to the manager of one England’s big guns.

The Essentials:

Name: Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas
Date of Birth: 17/10/1977
Nationality: Portuguese
Past Teams managed: British Virgin Islands, Académica de Coimbra, FC Porto

In the breaking news that André Villas-Boas has followed in José Mourinho’s footsteps from the Estádio do Dragão to Stamford Bridge following his shock resignation from FC Porto, the current Primeira Liga (Portuguese first division), Portuguese Cup and Europa League champions. His appointment was met with some jubilation, as well as some despair, mainly from the Abrahmovic household as the bodyguards of Roman had to watch on as the Russian tycoon danced around his bedroom in his underwear with Beyoncé’s “Who Runs The World? (Girls)” playing in the background as he chanted “CHELSEA! CHELSEA RUN WORLD! CHELSEA NUMBER ONE!” (Hypothetically).

However, one thing that people keep asking me though is: “Who is André Villas-Boas?”.

Portugal has became a hotbed of world class players and managers during the last few years, with the links of Cristiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho and Bebe (The latter may not be a serious addition) all coming from Spain’s neighbours and now there seems to be a new kid on the block. I have known of Villas-Boas’ existence in world football since around November time when his Porto side gained some attention for their unbeaten run in the Primeira Liga and since then, not much has changed. It is now the end of the season in Portugal as it is in most leagues throughout Europe and they finished 1st place, with an incredible, 27 wins from 30 games, with 3 draws. This brought their finishing points to 84 which happens to be a record number of points a team has ever finished in the Primeria Liga, and it bought in the biggest points margin between first and second place with rivals, Benfica, trailing by 21 points.

As well as dominating on the domestic front, winning the Portuguese Cup to go with the league, they also won the UEFA Europa League in an all Portuguese final in Dublin against FC Braga following a headed first half goal from star man Radamel Falcao, who is rumoured to be following Villas-Boas to Chelsea.

Villas-Boas is a rare example of a modern day manager with no playing experience at all and what is even more shocking is his age. When you think of the coach of a football team especially big teams like Porto and Chelsea, you imagine an aging man, with a head of grey hair with a mind of wisdom picked up from his 20-30+ years involved in football, but not Villas-Boas, he is only 33 years of age.

He was first involved in football at the age of 16 under the stewardship of the late Sir Bobby Robson. Villas-Boas was a childhood Porto fan and lived in the same apartment block as Sir Bobby, who was Porto manager at the time and he was appointed to Porto’s observation department following a debate between the two. Villas-Boas argued that Sir Bobby should play Domingos Paciencia more often. Sir Bobby, impressed, took young André under his wing and by the age of 17 he had achieved the UEFA C Coaching Badge..

Villas-Boas’ first coaching role came at the age of 22, when he was in charge of the British Virgin Islands, one of the lower ranking teams in the CONCACAF controlled region. However, it wasn’t the dream start to his career. In the 2 games he was in control of the British Virgin Islands (rumoured to be renamed The British Islands following Ryan Giggs’ apparent secret visit) they lost 2, conceded 14 goals and scored 1. Following this, he was reunited with Porto and became an assistant to José Mourinho, Sir Bobby’s assistant manager during his time at Porto. Some Chelsea fans may not already know this (what do they know?), but Villas-Boas is already familiar with Chelsea, because when Mourinho moved to become the manager of Chelsea in 2004, Villas-Boas followed him to become one of the clubs scouts, as was the case when Mourinho moved to Inter Milan.

In his earlier Chelsea days with José Mourinho

In the 2009-10 season, Villas-Boas decided to resign from Mourinho’s backroom staff to become a manager himself and he became manager of Académica de Coimbra, following Rogério Gonçalves resignation from the position in the October 2009. He took over a team that lay bottom of the Primeira Liga with no wins. However, under Villas-Boas, after he introduced his own playing style, they started to climb the league table and eventually lead them to safety in 11th place, and also lead them to a place in the semi final of the Portuguese Cup, losing to the very team who would manage a season later, Porto at the Estádio do Dragão. Villas-Boas became a prospect in Portuguese football due to results and the attractive football his team played and was heavily linked to the Sporting Lisbon job but ended up becoming manager of his childhood team Porto instead.

By August 2010 he had already won his first piece of silverware at Porto, after his team defeated Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup and the winning ways didn’t end there. His team went unbeaten in all competitions and won a historic treble which thrown him into the lime light of world football.

The following list is the records broken during his first season at Porto as manager:
By winning the UEFA Europa League on 18 May 2011, he is the youngest manager ever to win a European competition, at 33 years and 213 days of age.
The club record for the most matches across all competitions unbeaten (36). This record was previously held by José Mourinho at 33 matches Part of this streak was completed by the previous coach of FC Porto, Jesualdo Ferreira.
The most wins in Europe in one season by a Portuguese club (14)
The most points in a 30-game Portuguese league season (84)
The highest number of consecutive wins in the Portuguese league (16)
The biggest margin over the second placed team in the league (21)
The only team to win the Portuguese league without being beaten aside from Benfica in 1972/73.
On 3 April 2011, Villas-Boas won his first Primeira Liga, five rounds before the end, by defeating second-place Benfica 2–1 away at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, becoming the third youngest coach to win it, only behind Mihály Sistka (1938–39) and Juca (1961–62). It is the second time that Porto won the Portuguese league by beating its rival at its home soil, the first time being 71 years ago, in the 1939–40 season when Porto clinched the title by defeating Benfica at the Estádio das Amoreiras.
On 22 May 2011, Villas-Boas won the Treble by winning the Portuguese Cup, equalizing Tomislav Ivić (when he won 4 titles for Porto in 1987/88), and making Porto the first (and only) European team to win a treble twice (Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League).

Villas-Boas officially becomes Chelsea manager

As a Liverpool fan myself, Villas-Boas is one of my favourite managers outside of Liverpool so I am actually disappointed that he is now Chelsea manager as I felt he could have replaced King Kenny after he is done at Liverpool and got us back into our winning ways. However, I am happy that I will be able to see what Villas-Boas can do with the aging Chelsea squad with an owner with big expectations. I fully believe Villas-Boas can get every individual player to produce double of what they produced last season (I for one can’t wait to see Fernando Torres’ 2 goals), and Chelsea will be a serious threat again following their trophyless season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Written by Ashley (AKA XabisGingerBeard), our photoshop specialist – be sure to check out his work here: http://xabisgingerbeard93.wordpress.com/


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