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Coimbra, the other Portuguese adventure of Villas-Boas

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 3, 2020

OM’s trip to Porto has a special flavor for André Villas-Boas. The Marseille coach will return to his hometown to face his favorite club. For AVB, almost everything started on the banks of the Douro. He was born there, he joined his first staff and lifted his first trophies. But it was not while leading the Dragons that the Portuguese discovered the profession of coach. In October 2009, he replaced Rogério Gonçalves on the bench of Academica Coimbra. Two months after giving up his role as deputy in Porto, Villas-Boas found a first challenge as number 1. And not the least. The team where Eder played was then in last place in the standings without any victory after eight days of the championship. Seven months later, the Coimbrians were saved by ending the season ten points ahead of the first relegation. André Villas-Boas achieved his first feat there. He was not even 33 when he finished this first season as a coach. With his 4-3-3 offensive, the tactician had allowed his team to offer an attractive game that gave him the fifth place in the classification of attacks. On the road to maintenance, Academica Coimbra had notably beaten Sporting Lisbon and almost snatched a draw against Benfica and … FC Porto.

Villas-Boas’ record against Porto does not inspire confidence

For eternity, André Villas-Boas is linked to Porto. He won a historic quadruple there and could one day become club president. However, he sat on the visitor’s bench at the Estadio do Dragao several times. It was even against the club that gave him premature confidence that the future coach of Chelsea and Tottenham coached for the first time in the league. Less than 15 days after his induction into Coimbra, he made his La Liga Nos debut against the defending champion. A very interesting match despite the short defeat conceded by his team (3-2). Thanks to a favorable draw in the Cup, AVB has crossed his heart club four times in eight months and throughout his career. His record? No victory: 1 draw and 3 losses. Nothing to reassure the Marseillais. But if the Ligue 1 resident returns from Portugal with a victory, this result will have an even more special flavor for the coach of the Marseille club.