Al Ahly legend Manuel José announces retirement from football
Al Ahly legendary manager Manuel José has announced his retirement from football after 53 years as a professional player and manager.
The 70-year-old enjoyed managerial spells with Sporting Lisbon, Sporting Braga, and the Angola national team, but his best days are those at African giants Al Ahly, where he won more than 20 trophies.
The Portuguese manager depart the game as one of the most successful managers in Egypt and Africa, after winning eight continental titles and six Egyptian Premier League trophies.
José’s first stint at Al Ahly came in 2001, and marked his first victory with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid. He also managed to lead the Reds to beat arch-rivals Zamalek 6-1, and despite winning his first African Champions League and African Super Cup with young squad, which included future captain Hossam Ghaly, he was sacked after failing to win the league.
He returned to Al Ahly in 2003, where he had his best tenure as a manager, guiding Al Ahly to four consecutive African Champions League finals, between 2005 and 2008, winning three of them, as well as winning five consecutive league titles, and finishing third in the Club World Cup in 2006.
Manuel José became the first non-African to win the 2006 CAF Coach of the Year award while managing a club, after Al Ahly went undefeated the whole 2005–06 season, as they won the league, Egypt Cup, Egypt Super Cup, the African Champions League, and the CAF Super Cup.
He then left Egypt in 2009 to manage the 2010 AFCON hosts Angola, but he didn’t achieve much there as they were knocked out from the quarter-finals by Ghana, to return once back two years later to Al Ahly to win his sixth Premier League title, but left Egypt for the third time after the Port Said Stadium disaster.
Since his departure, Al Ahly had a number of foreign managers, like Juan Carlos Garrido, José Peseiro, and Martin Jol, but no one could achieve what the Portuguese had achieved with the Reds.
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