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Andre Villas-Boas
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Football Coach
Desc Villas-Boas is a student to the game unlike any other. At a young age, he realized that his footballing skills were not quite up to par. Any hopes he had of making a name for himself with the ball at his feet were dashed before he would reach puberty. But this did not stop the Portuguese from being a fan of the game


Club as Coach Marseille
  Shanghai SIPG
  Tottenham Hotspur
  Chelsea FC
  Porto FC


|:——————|:————–| | Mentor | Jose Mourinho | | Friend | Hulk | | | Jorge Mendes |

2011 06 22 Retrieve

[Chelsea FC on Andre Villas-Boas] Chelsea football club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas will be the club’s new manager. His ambition, drive and determination matches that of Chelsea and we are confident Andre’s leadership of the team will result in greater successes in major domestic and European competitions

2013 12 15
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas reacts during their English Premier League soccer match defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas makes arguably the worst appraisal of the year after Tottenham’s win over Arsenal last season] The difference from last year is we are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results - and to be out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult

2014 03 18 Retrieve

[Zenit St Petersburg on Andre Villas-Boas] Zenit has agreed terms on a contract with new head coach Andre Villas-Boas. The contract will be signed and Mr Villas-Boas will be presented in St Petersburg as Zenit’s new head coach on March 20. Mr Villas-Boas’s contract begins in March, 2014 and is valid for two seasons

2016 10 04 Retrieve

[Speaking at final day of the ASPIRE4SPORT and the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance & Science which is taking place at the iconic Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax, he said] The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham I learnt to be different

In professional football you have to live the day-to-day. The objective is the group performance, but every single individual requires a different response from a manager - you can’t be the same person to each player. At Chelsea the group was more important, I stuck to my methods too much

[on Daniel Levy] Daniel Levy is an expert in sacking managers. There’s no time for long term projects in the Premier League.

2017 11 29 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas quits Chinese club Shanghai SIPG to compete in Dakar Rally] Andre Villas-Boas quits Chinese club Shanghai SIPG to compete in Dakar Rally

[Villas-Boas said after his final game] It is not the right time to talk about whether I’m staying or leaving. SIPG knows my decision, so will you. But this is not the best time to talk about it

[Back when he was still at Tottenham] My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things.

To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do. It looks like that ambition is about to be realised

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas quits as coach of Shanghai SIPG to contest the Dakar Rally next year] I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there and that it was better to consider doing it with a car. So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!

2019 05 24 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas thinks Gareth Bale returning to the Premier League is the most likely outcome] I have no idea what he wants to do. He was extremely successful at Real Madrid. He left Tottenham to chase trophies and achieved that immediately, scoring in Champions League finals. Of course, at the moment, there’s a lot of bad noise surrounding him. A lot of criticism, [there is] probably not a lot of confidence from the coach right now. It looks more likely that he’s going to leave and you would expect him to go to England now.

[Despite playing a major part in Madrid’s three successive Champions League triumphs, Bale has battled injuries throughout his time in Spain] He always suffered a lot of muscular and back pain, so we gave him a lot of work with the physio to have him 100 per cent for the matches and he always performed for us. So, with him, it’s reaching that balance, but at a club like Real Madrid you are always under pressure and expectation. Real Madrid have access to the best players in the world in every single transfer window so, yes, at the moment, I think Gareth is under pressure and the most likely move for him will be the Premier League but he’s a player that can play anywhere in the world

: 2019 05 28 Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has returned to management at Marseille on a two-year contract

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[His former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says New Inter signing Romelu Lukaku has the quality to adjust his game and conquer the defensive prowess in Serie A] He was an extremely powerful player. I was a little obsessed with my 4-3-3 in Chelsea. I positioned him on the wing and he was not very happy about it. At the end of the year he left on loan to West Brom and Everton and later signed for Manchester United. He became one of the greatest strikers in the world. He had a great pace using the spaces. You may not have many spaces in Italy. Italians have great defensive skills. It may be a little difficult for him, but he has a great technical touch. His challenges in the air are amazing. I do not know how Conte will play and exploit the best of Lukaku. He’s obviously a good player. He’s a very good person, humble. I knew good times with him

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas: Neymar could’ve succeeded Messi and Ronaldo before PSG move] He is an important player in the world of football. For me, it was the player who could succeed Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d’Or. But he did not recover all the qualities he had shown in Barcelona

[Despite that claim, the Marseille coach conceded Neymar’s potential departure from France would leave a big hole to fill] For Ligue 1, it’s not good if he leaves. This type of player has an important image in football, a bit like when Ronaldinho was here in Paris. There’s this attractiveness, the football world wants to watch these kinds of players. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I can’t comment on the separation because I’m not the PSG coach

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he was approached by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in 2013 with a view to replacing Carlo Ancelotti] I was in the Bahamas with my family. Nasser Al-Khelaifi called me every day. I know him because I go to Qatar often. He’d call me and say ‘Andre, are you all right? We want to start talks with you. Leonardo will call you for a meeting in the future’. So Leonardo calls me and we didn’t have a very good conversation. There was no connection between us. I phoned Nasser back and told him that I wouldn’t be going to Paris. He asked me what had happened and I told him that the conversation did not go well. I’m trying to relax here, leave me alone’, I said

[Speaking in 2018, he said] In the summer of 2013, I received a proposal from Paris Saint-Germain. They wanted me but I refused the offer out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas replaces Sven-Goran Eriksson as Shanghai SIPG manager] It’s a different challenge in my career. Our focus will be to put a team together that is stronger, that is able to compete in all competitions. But most of all, to bring joy to our fans with the Chinese championship next year

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas says Kylian Mbappe is the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or throne] He is the natural successor of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or. The squad PSG have is incredible, it’s also well put together this year. Mauro Icardi has adapted well. With the injuries to Thomas Meunier and Ander Herrera, I do not know what Thomas Tuchel is going to do. He also has Angel Di Maria, who is in incredible form. The difference between the two teams is gigantic, but we aren’t going to Paris to be part of a PSG party. We are going to try and win the game. You have to sweat for the badge but it is also important to finish the match without any injuries or suspensions

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted the Classique must be respected in response to Andre Villas-Boas’ comments about the Ligue 1 rivalry after Marseille’s crushing defeat. Ligue 1 holders PSG routed visitors Marseille 4-0 in Paris. Asked if he regretted not putting more pressure heading into the game] No, I do not think so. We do not need pressure. Thomas Tuchel can invent the things he wants to invent, with the size he has, the millions he has, the billions he spends…For me, he must focus on the Champions League.

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas adds his take to the eternal debate] I am Portuguese so of course I support Cristiano Ronaldo more. Cristiano took a risk by leaving the best team in the world, with more titles in the world. That kind of risk should be appreciated. Playing in Italy and scoring goals is difficult. Messi is still in his club, Barcelona, which is a big club. He is able to make the difference. But I am more for Cristiano because I’m Portuguese. Both of them are exceptional, it’s difficult to choose. Having these two players in the same generation and watching them is absolutely incredible. They are extraterrestrials

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Having watched his side defeat the hosts 2-0 by doing exactly what Angers did not expect: give them possession freely] They’re the team that has the ball the least in the league.

[Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Bordeaux, Villas-Boas denies that the aim is to hunt down PSG] That’s not our fight. We’ve got a clear objective and we’re going to stay focused on it. If we’re second in the end, that will be a very good season

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Andre Villas-Boas says his Porto team of 2011 was pornographic at times] In Porto, when we were preparing, the players guessed the team that was going to play. But it’s true that this team was pornographic, with Hulk, Falcao, James, Moutinho, Fernando, Otamendi, was one of the best teams in the world. When you look at the career they have made after it, it’s amazing

2020 01 26 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas compares Marseille’s star man Payet to Messi & Ronaldo] Barcelona are Messi dependent, Juventus are Ronaldo dependent. If we’re Payet dependent, we’re Payet dependent. But it doesn’t worry me. Good players make the difference. But I’ve got no problems handling something like that. We missed him. He’s a player who can make that last pass and can score. He was suspended today but the players who we had played a brave game. We took a point. When a match is close like that, you can’t afford to lose it. We were ready to take a point, it’s pragmatism. We have to be smart sometimes

Qualifying for the Champions League is not possible without a player like Dimitri Payet. He would be missed for his quality of play but also his personality, his authority in the team.

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[On November 24, Lihadji was named on the bench for Marseille’s trip to Toulouse but was not called upon to play any part, unlike another academy player Marley Ake - a midfielder who, though talented, is not regarded in the same bracket as his fellow youngster] I’m waiting for the signature to give him [Lihadji] some game time and, in Toulouse, I chose Marley to come on for the last minutes.

I could take advantage of having Lihadji right now, but why? So that he then plays for Monaco, or for PSG? What interest is there for OM, his training club, in that? I defend the interests of the club, perhaps against my better judgement. But between Ake, who has a future here, and Isaac, I have made my choice

2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas declared after the 2-0 win in Saint-Etienne] Baptiste Reynet’s a football genius. He’s having a great season

Barcelona are Messi-dependent, Juventus are Ronaldo-dependent. If we are Payet-dependent, we’re Payet-dependent. Champions League qualification is not possible without a player like Dimitri Payet. We missed his quality but also his personality, his authority over his team. It’s not the first time. Without him, we’re not as good

[Villas-Boas, though, still appreciates that breaking into the side before the summer will be difficult] The quality of the France team is brutal, the options are monstrous. It’s Didier Deschamps who will make the decision but it’s true that Dimitri has the level, this has been one of his best seasons

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas does not want to return to the Premier League] I will not go back there. It is the championship with the most investment, the best players and teams. But, I like being in a league that includes different game philosophy. This is not the case in England

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[What an extraordinary feat!’ - Villas-Boas savours Marseille’s Ligue 1 finish] Runners-up of France! What to say? Which words to choose? Where to start? What an extraordinary feat! So many moments of joy, so many explosions of feelings! Summarising this season between brilliance and exceptional moments is too easy because it has been so for several consecutive games. What has marked and often marks the teams of choice is the ability to reinvent themselves in the face of adversity, whether it is when it hits bottom or when dreams escape us. We were a group! We were a team. We knew we were consistent and had the right word and the right reaction to each other. This state of mind is felt on a daily basis in communion with everyone. The other’s problem is my problem. It was like that every step of the way. Thank you all without exception. To my brilliant and unrivalled players who, with a lot of effort and selflessness, gave everything in every game. To Frank McCourt and Jacques Henri-Eyraud. To Andoni Zubizarreta and Albert Valentin who brought me to this wonderful city of Marseille and allowed me to know the strength of the Velodrome and the unique passion of its inhabitants. To my staff, travel friends, my kings of skills. To the decisive and tolerant medical staff who have achieved unique results this season. Administrative and logistics staff attentive to every detail. To Rani who is always everywhere to solve problems. To Elodie who has a crazy Portuguese by her side. To everyone who participated in this wonderful trip, thank you. In this sensation and this desire to burst out in joy, we are called to reason which alerts us to the sad moment we are living. We would trade all victories and trophies for each of the lives lost. To the fans who are currently overwhelmed by these same sensations, who want to cry out with joy but where the tear persists in retaining passion, thank you! Thank you from the heart! Your strength and your sense of demand forced us to respond. This victory is also yours. I would like to finish by dedicating this second place to the former Marseille president Pape Diouf

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Ambitious Villas-Boas eager to remain at Marseille but wants transfer assurances] In the world of football there are several good coaches, it is not with this second-place finish that I will become the best coach in the world, nor the worst. I remain as I am. I already said at a press conference that you could find me [in a few months] closer to the Dakar desert [competing in the Dakar Rally] than to a Premier League club or elsewhere. I have ambitions that are limitless geographically - I still have to do Japan, I want to discover Japanese culture and Japanese football. I say it sincerely, I’m fine in Marseille, I don’t want to look for other clubs or other options. I want to play the Champions League with Marseille, but I want to know how much we are economically dependent on our project. That means, if we don’t have the conditions to do a good job, it is not worth it, I think. It’s normal for a coach to seek such assurances. I think Jacques-Henri [Eyraud, Marseille president] will have answers, like Andoni [Zubizarreta, sporting director] and Frank [McCourt, club owner] will, obviously. Then, if there are differences between us, Jacques-Henri and I are honest enough to say. On my side, I am open, but it is necessary that we have the opportunity with Andoni to have a quality transfer window, in conditions that will not be the best, but that will allow us to be competitive. We are not so naive as to forget the economic situation of the club. [I just want to] understand where we are going, understand how much we can make in investments, if the club wants me, or if it does not want me, and in this case no problem.

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas compared Payet to superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] Barcelona are Messi dependent, Juventus are Ronaldo dependent. If we’re Payet dependent, we’re Payet dependent. But it doesn’t worry me. Good players make the difference. But I’ve got no problems handling something like that. Qualifying for the Champions League is not possible without a player like Dimitri Payet. He would be missed for his quality of play but also his personality, his authority in the team

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Marseille confirm Villas-Boas offer as they bid to quash uncertainty] For 20 years Olympique de Marseille has been a club that has suffered chronic instability. Twenty-four coaching changes (some coaches have had several roles at different periods) have been issued by OM during this period. Over these 20 years, only three coaches have received a contractual commitment of four years or more: Didier Deschamps, Rudi Garcia and today Andre Villas-Boas with this proposal. First of all, this shows the club’s desire to create conditions of stability without as a foundation that can be built in the long term in football and in particular at Olympique de Marseille. This also demonstrates the determination of the club to invest when it deems it necessary in the conditions of sporting success. Finally, this demonstrates all the confidence the club has in the technical qualities of Andre Villas-Boas, with which Olympique de Marseille wishes to write an important page in its modern history

2020 05 19b Retrieve

[Marseille confirm Villas-Boas offer as they bid to quash uncertainty] I will not go back there. It is the championship with the most investment, the best players and teams, but I like being in a league that includes different game philosophy. This is not the case in England

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Villas-Boas on the brink at Marseille amid power struggle with Englishman Paul Aldridge] I came here firstly for the size of the club and secondly for Andoni. I’ve already said that my future is intimately linked to his

[Upon Aldridge’s arrival, which served to weaken the position of Zubizarreta, Villas-Boas went public on his upset at the news] My interest as a coach is to retain this group