Who is Augusto Soares Inácio?
Who is Augusto Inácio? I tracked his 15-year coaching career that has led him to Zamalek. The Portuguese has worked in three continents.
Augusto Soares Inácio was appointed the head coach of Zamalek SC on the 4th of April 2017 after signing a one and a half year contract which allows him to stay till 30/06/2018.
The 62 year old has coached in seven different countries across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Prior to coaching, the retired left back made over 425 appearances as a player, winning a total of 15 titles. Inácio played for Sporting Lisbon making a total of 206 appearance, for the club, winning two Primeira Liga and two Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup).
In 1983, he joined FC Porto making over 190 appearances for the side and managing to win the European Cup, European Super Cup and three Primeira Liga titles. In addition, he has 25 international caps with the Portuguese National Team.
After hanging his boots, Inácio became assistant coach to, the legendary, Sir Bobby Robson in FC Porto. He learnt the veteran and was appointed head coach of, his home town side, Sporting Lisbon.
He won Sporting’s first Portuguese League title in 18 years. After winning this valuable title in the 1999/2000 season, the Portuguese went through a barren run with different teams. Until 2006 when he won the Segunda Liga with Beira-Mar. He was later dismissed.
Inácio managed to coach in Greece (Ionikos), Iran (Foolad FC), Angola (Interclube), Romania (FC Valsui) and Portugal (Naval/ Leixões) yet again.
He had a spell at Moreirense that ended due to a poor run in the league, of just four wins in 14 games thus relegating the club. His next role was of football director, at Sporting Lisbon.
After the short break from coaching, he became manager of Moreirense yet again. And he created history at the club after adding the first major trophy to the club’s cabinet by winning the Taça de Portugal.
His stint at Moreirense ended and the 62 year old signed a contract with Zamalek SC and stated “My technical staff and I are starting from point zero,” he added. “I have come to Cairo to work not on vacation.”
Inácio has an average of 0.98 years per club in over 15 years of coaching. The man’s most used formation is the classic 4-3-3 with double pivots which allows more solidity in defense.
He has a difficult mission in Cairo as Zamalek is in fourth place with a 21 point gap between them and their traditional rival Al Ahly.
Inácio is aiming to clinch the CAF Champions League and improve Zamalek’s position in the league.
The White Knight’s next five games in the Egyptian Premier League are:
Misr El-Maqassa on the 16th of April
Tala’a El-Geish on the 19th of April
Al Masry on the 24th of April
Tanta on the 28th of April
Ismaily on the 3rd of May
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