Sheffield Wednesday: All you need to know about Carlos Carvalhal

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LITTLE-KNOWN Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal was appointed by Sheffield Wednesday late on Tuesday night as the club’s first foreign head coach in its 148-year history.

Carvalhal will be joined at Hillsborough by countrymen Joao Mario, Joao Cunha and Bruno Lage, who will form his backroom team.

So what about Carvalhal? With very little known about the 49-year-old outside the shores of his native Portugal, here’s a few things you might need to know about him ...

Born in Braga, Carvalhal - a centre-back in his playing days - had three stints at home-town club SC Braga and had a brief spell at Porto in the late 80s before being released.

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In following nine seasons – until his retirement at 32 – Carvalhal also represented Beira-Mar, Tirsense, Chaves and Espinho, along with Braga, before moving into the coaching realm.

Carvalhal has coached 14 clubs in a 14-year spell, with his longest stint lasting for three years.

He has coached clubs in his native Portugal,Greece and Turkey, sampling European competition football along the way.

What will provide more encouragement for Wednesdayites is that Carvalhal is a proponent of attacking, passing football and an enlightened coach.

He can boast successful and rewarding spells with provincial clubs Leixoes and Setubal in his homeland before getting his chance at one of the biggest clubs in Portugal in Sporting Lisbon.

Carvalhal was later lured to Turkey and worked at Besiktas for a spell, but despite a 46.8 per cent win rate, the Istanbul outfit decided to dispense with his services and he returned to the Portuguese U21 coaching set up.

Full coaching career:

Carvalhal began managing at his last club Espinho, in the second division before being dismissed midway through his second year in 2000.

In 2002, he became the first coach in the country to take a team in the third level to the UEFA Cup, after leading Leixoes to the final of the Portuguese Cup.

After beating Braga, Leixoes lost to Sporting in the final and he joined Setubal in 2003.

The following year, he led Setubal back to the top flight, which prompted his move to Belenenses.

Carvalhal was sacked by Belenenses early into 2005–06, after five defeats in eight games. He met the same fate with the two teams he coached in the following season, Braga and Beira-Mar.

Returning to Setubal for 2007–08, Carvalhal enjoyed his best year as a manager, leading the Sadinos to the sixth position in the league – with subsequent UEFA Cup qualification, with the club posting one of the best defensive records in Europe that year.

Victory in the inaugural edition of the domestic League Cup followed against Sporting, whom he would later manage.

He left for Greek outfit Asteras Tripoli, but after a short stint there, Carvalhal returned to Portugal and joined Marítimo. He won just one match in 11, but with the Madeira team finishing comfortably in mid-table.

He was sacked late on in 2009, moving to Sporting in mid-November to replace the fired Paulo Bento.

Carvalhal left Sporting at the end of the 2009-10, with the Lisbon outfit finishing in fourth spot, 28 points behind champions Benfica.

He was appointed as caretaker boss at Besiktas in August 2011 and left the following year.

Honours ...

Portuguese Cup: Runner-up 2001–02 (Leixoes);

Portuguese Supercup: runner-up 2002 (Leixoes).

Portuguese League Cup: Winner 2007–08 (Setubal).