Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal brings a wealth of experience to Sheffield Wednesday having led 14 teams in three countries; primarily in his homeland of Portugal, whilst also plying his trade in Greece and Turkey. 

Previously, the central defender played for Braga, earning international recognition at Under-21 level with Portugal. 

The 49-year-old moved into management in 1998 with Portuguese outfit Espinho before switching across the country to firstly Freamunde and then Aves. 

Next up was Leixoes and Carvalhal promtply became the first coach in Portugal to steer a third tier team into the UEFA Cup. 

Leixoes then comfortably lifted the title the following campaign to earn instant promotion to Segunda Liga. 

A second successive elevation followed with Vitoria Setubal, whom he guided into the Primeira Liga at the first time of asking. 

Carvalhal then moved across Portugal for a 12-month stint with Belenenses before taking on the high profile head coach position at Braga. 

The move to Braga was brief and he switched to fellow top-flight side Beira-Mar. Fresh investment into Beira-Mar saw Carvalhal return to Vitoria, where he promptly enjoyed his most productive year as a coach. 

Vitoria finished sixth in the Primeira Liga and qualified for the UEFA Cup on the back of one of the best defensive records throughout Europe. Vitoria also lifted the Portuguese League Cup, beating Sporting Lisbon in the final. 

Carvalhal then headed to Greek side Asteras Tripolis for a spell that preceded a move back to the Portuguese top flight with Maritimo. 

Next came the opportunity to coach European giants Sporting Lisbon on an interim basis, which served as a platform to coach Turkish big hitters Besiktas. 

Carvalhal remained in Turkey leading Istanbul Basaksehir before taking up a technical director position at Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

In his first season at Hillsborough, Carvalhal took Sheffield Wednesday to the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, losing by the single goal to Hull.

Source: Sheffield Wednesday FC

Honours (1)
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    • Sheffield Wednesday:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (30/04/2017)
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