Paulo Sousa

Paulo Sousa was confirmed as the new manager of Fiorentina on 21 June, 2015, where he moved from Basel. Previously, he managed Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Sousa, previously claimed three trophies alongside a fairytale run in the UEFA Europa League with Hungarian side Videoton and joined Maccabi prior to the start of the 2013/14 season where his side competed in the Champions League.

In his first season he won the Israeli Premier League sealing the Championship with three games to spare.

His successes during his time in Hungary, included him winning the Hungarian League Cup and the Hungarian Super Cup on two occasions.

In England, Sousa has managed QPR, Swansea City and Leicester City in the Football League.

He joined Leicester from Swansea City where he guided Swansea to a 7th place finish in the Championship - their highest position in 27 years - narrowly missing out on the play-offs in 2009/10.

Prior to managing Swansea, Sousa had a brief spell as manager of QPR.

Sousa is a name etched in Portuguese footballing folklore. Born in 1970, Sousa - full name Paulo Manuel Carvalho Sousa - made 51 appearances for his country, in a career that included successful spells at Benfica, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, amongst others. During his playing career he won two UEFA Champions League titles, as well as domestic league and cup successes in Portugal, Italy and Germany.

A member of the 'Golden Generation,' Sousa was a classic holding midfielder, breaking play up in the defensive third and possessing the ability to deliver precise passes to his team-mates.

At Club level, Sousa won his first honour as a player whilst on the books of Portuguese giants Benfica.

After making his debut in 1989, the midfielder scooped the Portuguese Liga title in 1991, before going on to claim the Portuguese Cup two seasons later, in a side that included Rui Costa and Paulo Futre.

Sousa was a mainstay in the Benfica midfield, and soon after his country came calling, as he made his international bow in January 1991.

Sousa's time at Benfica came to an end in 1993, as he went on to sign for rivals Sporting.

However, he spent just a season with the Lisbon giants, despite playing alongside the emerging great Luis Figo.

A two season spell at Juventus followed, and as Club Captain, he led the Torino side to the UEFA Champions League title in 1996.

After numerous trophies, a move to Germany and Borussia Dortmund transpired in the summer of 1996 and remarkably, Sousa went on to repeat his Champions League success of a year before with another title in 1997.

Injury began to plague him towards the end of his two-year spell with Dortmund and despite making over 31 appearances for Inter Milan between 1998 and 1999; Sousa - after short stints at Parma, Panathinaikos and Espanyol - was forced to retire in 2002.

Injuries may have prematurely ended his illustrious career at the age of 31, but Sousa undoubtedly left behind a legacy most players can only dream of.

Thereafter, Sousa began his coaching career by becoming a coach of the Portuguese national team, taking charge of the under-15s, and assisting Head Coach, Carlos Queiroz.

This was before entering football management with QPR, Swansea and now Leicester - all in the Championship.

Honours (4)
  • league-titles
    • Maccabi:
      • Israeli Premier League, (2013-01-01)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Videoton FC:
      • Hungarian Super Cup, (2011-01-01)
      • Hungarian League Cup, (2011-01-01)
      • Hungarian Super Cup, (2010-01-01)
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