Jose Couceiro

Jose Couceiro

Portuguese football player and coach of Lokomotiv
Date of Birth: 04.10.1962
Country: Portugal

  1. Biography of José Couceiro
  2. Coaching Career

Biography of José Couceiro

José Couceiro is a Portuguese football player and coach, known for his work with Porto, Sporting, and Moscow's Lokomotiv. He began his career as a player at Sporting, playing as a central defender. In 1981, he transferred to Montijo, a club in the second division of Portugal. Throughout his playing career, Couceiro played in the second division for clubs such as Barreirense, Atlético Lisbon, Torrense, Oriental Lisbon, and Estrela Amadora. He was also involved in public activities, serving as the head of the Portuguese Footballers' Union from 1993 to 1997.

Coaching Career

Couceiro started his coaching career in 2002 at Alverca. In his first year, he led Alverca to the top division of the Portuguese Championship but the team was relegated the following season. In the 2004/05 season, he continued his career at Vitoria Setubal but left the club in January 2005 after being invited by Porto. At Porto, he worked with many renowned world-class players such as Costinha, Quaresma, Maniche, Deco, and Vitor Baia. One of his first major challenges was facing Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Porto drew 1-1 at home but lost 1-3 in Milan. Despite finishing third in the league in the 2004/05 season, Couceiro resigned. However, he was awarded the title of "Football Coach of the Year in Portugal."

In the 2005/06 season, Couceiro saved Belenenses from relegation and was appointed as the head coach of the Portuguese U21 national team. The team faced the Russian U21 team in the playoffs for the 2007 European Championship. After losing the first match 1-4, Portugal won the second leg 3-0. However, the team failed to qualify for the European Championship and the Olympic Games in Beijing, losing to Italy in a penalty shootout. In July 2008, Couceiro unexpectedly moved to Lithuania, signing a contract with Kaunas, owned by Vladimir Romanov. His biggest achievement at Kaunas was a victory over Scottish club Rangers in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. However, he did not train the club for long and soon moved to the Lithuanian national team, where they finished fourth in the qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Cup. Couceiro also coached the Turkish club Gaziantepspor, finishing 8th and 13th in the Turkish league.

In the spring of 2011, Couceiro temporarily took charge of his hometown club Sporting, leading them to a third-place finish in the league. Prior to this, he worked as a manager at Sporting and held the position of president of the Portuguese Footballers' Union. On July 1, 2011, he was appointed as the head coach of Moscow's Lokomotiv. In his first match, Lokomotiv defeated Amkar 4-0. Under Couceiro's guidance, Lokomotiv remained unbeaten in the league for 12 matches. They suffered their first defeat to Spartak Moscow on October 29. In the Europa League, Lokomotiv reached the knockout stage but were eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. In the Russian Cup, Couceiro's team was also unsuccessful, losing to Rubin Kazan 0-4 in the quarter-finals. Lokomotiv finished unexpectedly low in the Russian league, in seventh place, and failed to qualify for European competitions in the next season. On May 14, 2012, Couceiro was dismissed from his position.