Ricardo Sa Pinto becomes Legia coach
Ricardo Sa Pinto began his coaching career in 2012 at Sporting CP - a club where he became a legend as a footballer known for his bravery and fierce character. On the Lions’ bench made his debut with Legia Warsaw in the 1/16 final of the UEFA Europa League, which ended with a draw 2:2. In the second leg Portuguese team turned out to be better (1:0). In that edition Sporting CP reached the semi-final, eliminating, among others, Manchester City, achieving the biggest success in the last decade. Last season, the 45-year-old Portuguese coached one of the most titled Belgian teams –Standard Liege, finishing as runners up and winning the Belgian Cup. In his coaching CV there are also such clubs as Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (2nd place in season 2012/13), Greek OFI Crete and Artomitos F.C., Saudi Al-Fetah and Portuguese CF Os Belenenses. As a trainer, he led clubs in over 180 matches.
The new Legia Warszawa coach has a successful playing career. The 45-time striker of the Portugal national team participated in the Euro 1996 and Euro 2000, and conquered fans' hearts with attractive style and a large number of goals. Through 90’ he was the core of the national team together with the biggest Portuguese stars, representatives of the so-called "the golden generation": Luis Figo, Fernando Couto, Rui Costa, Nuno Gomes, Luis Baia and his older brother Joao Pinto. At the club level, apart from Sporting CP (where he won the doublet and reached the UEFA Cup final) he represented Real Sociedad San Sebastian and Standard Liege, where he finished his career.
To the coaching staff are joined Rui Mota as an assistant coach, Guilherme Gomes as a physical preparation coach and Ricardo Pereira as a goalkeepers coach. Ricardo Sa Pinto as the first coach will lead Legia Warsaw on Thursday's game in the III qualification round of UEFA Europa League.
Ricardo Sa Pinto
Date of birth: October 10, 1972 (45 years)
Place of birth: Porto
Coaching career: Sporting CP 2012/13, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 2013, OFI Crete 2013/2014, Atromitos F.C. 2014/2015, Belenenses 2015, Al-Fateh S.C. 2016, Atromitos F.C. 2017, Standard Liege 2017/18.
Successes as a coach: Belgian Cup 2017/18, Belgian runners up 2017/18, Serbian runners up 2012/13, semi-final of the UEFA Europa League 2011/12, final of the 2011/12 Portuguese Cup.
Football career: Salgueiros 1991 - 1994, Sporting CP 1994 - 1997, Real Sociedad San Sebastian 1997 - 2000, Sporting CP 2000 - 2006, Standard Liege 2006/2007.
Successes as a footballer: Portuguese champion 2001/2002, Portuguese Cup 1994/1995, 2001/2002, semi-final of Euro 2000.
National team of Portugal (1994 - 2001): 45 matches / 9 goals