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Manuel Jose to lead Iran's Persepolis football team

Source: ISNA

Manuel Jose de Jesus Silva was picked as the new head coach of Iranian Persepolis football team. The selection came after Persepolis club's long consultation with Gabriel Calderon, Bruno Metsu and Manuel Jose, so that the foreign coach would lead the Iranian team.

Manuel Jose de Jesus Silva arriving in Tehran

Born on 9 April 1946, Manuel Jose de Jesus Silva is a Portuguese football manager.

He recently managed Al-Ahly in Egypt. Some of the teams he has coached include Vitoria de Guimaraes, Sporting CP, Sporting de Braga, Boavista, Benfica, Al-Ahly, Belenenses, Angola, amongst others, being the coach with most games in the Primeira Liga.

He is regarded as one of the most successful club coaches in CAF competitions, having won the main African club tournament, the CAF Champions League, a record of four times and guiding his team to four consecutive CAF Champions League finals between 2005 and 2008, winning three of those finals. He has also won the CAF Super Cup in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009 and was the first manager to take an African team to the medal positions in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.

Manuel Jose first started to manage S.C. Espinho in 1978, where he gain promotion to the 1979-80 Primeira Liga. Josewas awarded the Globos de Ouro Best Portuguese Manager award in 2009 by SIC television network, on his fourth consecutive nomination.

On the 1st January 2011 he returned to Al Ahly signing a one and half year contract. On July 3rd , Manuel Jose signed a two-years contract with Iran's Persepolis to experience a new challenge with a team with millions of fans in Asia.

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