Émerson Leão

Émerson Leão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛmeʁsõ leˈɐ̃w]; born 11 July 1949) is a Brazilian head coach and former football player. He is regarded by pundits as one of best Brazilian goalkeepers of all time.[1][2] A documentary video produced by FIFA, FIFA Fever, called him the third-most impressive defense player of all time. He was born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo.

Emerson Leao
Personal information
Full name Émerson Leão
Date of birth 11 July 1949 (age 69)
Place of birth Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portuguesa (Manager consult)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Comercial ? (?)
1971–1978 Palmeiras 163 (0)
1978–1980 Vasco da Gama 24 (0)
1981–1982 Grêmio 46 (0)
1983 Corinthians 13 (0)
1984–1985 Palmeiras 31 (0)
1986 Sport Recife 0 (0)
National team
1969–1986 Brazil 80 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Sport Recife
1988–1989 Coritiba
1989–1990 Palmeiras
1990–1992 Portuguesa
1990–1991 São José
1991–1992 XV de Piracicaba
1992–1994 Shimizu S-Pulse
1995–1996 Juventude
1996 Atlético Paranaense
1996 Verdy Kawasaki
1997–1998 Atlético Mineiro
1998–1999 Santos
1999 Internacional
2000 Grêmio
2000 Sport Recife
2000–2001 Brazil
2002–2004 Santos
2004 Cruzeiro
2004–2005 São Paulo
2005 Vissel Kobe
2005–2006 Palmeiras
2006 São Caetano
2006–2007 Corinthians
2007 Atlético Mineiro
2008 Santos
2008–2009 Al-Sadd
2009 Atlético Mineiro
2009 Sport Recife
2010 Goiás
2011–2012 São Paulo
2012 São Caetano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 3, 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 12, 2008

Playing career

He was a FIFA World Cup champion in 1970 as a reserve player, at age 20. He then played the two following World Cups as first team player. He was the first Brazilian goalkeeper in history to be team captain (during the 1978 World Cup). Dida repeated the feat in 2006 in a group stage match against Japan. In the 1986 World Cup, Leão was a reserve player.

He played 80 times for the Brazilian national football team. At club level, he played for several clubs, his longest term being at Palmeiras, where he won several titles, like Campeonato Brasileiro and Campeonato Paulista.

Managerial career

Leão has been a manager since 1987. He was São Paulo manager in 2005, winning the Campeonato Paulista of that year. He then moved to Vissel Kobe of Japan, where he stayed for only four matches. On 18 July 2005, he became the manager of Palmeiras, a position he held until March 2006. His peak as a manager was his second period at Santos, between 2002 and 2004, when he won the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2002, and was runner-up in both Copa Libertadores de América and Campeonato Brasileiro in 2003. Leão is often seen as a hardliner, since he demands perfect physical shape of his players, along with discipline and mutual respect. He is not fond of having well-known players on his teams, since he believes that this might cause relationship problems within the squad.

He was the manager of the Brazil nation team from 15 November 2000 until 9 June 2001. From 11 matches, his Brazil side won 4, drew 4 and lost 3. Like his predecessor Vanderlei Luxemburgo, he struggled having top players available for qualifying matches. He tried to centre the squad around Romário and younger players with little international experience. He also became the first sitting coach to travel to Europe to assess his players' activities there, where he was asked by the Europeans to not release Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos for matches that were not crucial.

Leão was dismissed by Atlético Mineiro on 4 May 2009 following a defeat to arch-rivals Cruzeiro in the final of a regional championship. This ended his third stint as Atlético head coach.[3] On 3 June 2009, Sport Recife's have signed the coach for the up-coming 2009 Brasileirão championship.[4] On 26 April 2010, Leão was named as the new manager of Goiás. On 24 October 2011, São Paulo announced it had hired Leão for a second managerial spell in charge of the club.[5]

On 30 August 2012, after two months unattached, Leão was hired by São Caetano, then participating in Série B.[6]


Leão is known for his controversial attitudes and declarations.

In 1997, after a game between his Atlético Mineiro and Argentine side Lanús in the Conmebol Cup final, Leão was involved in a massive fight with adversaries. Leão had to rebuild his face after the incident.

In 2002, when he coached Santos, and Peixe faced Paysandu, Leão was involved again in a fight. This time, when his players faced policemen, the coach received an aggression in his eyes by a pepper spray.

In 2006, then coaching Palmeiras, Leão had problems with television pundit Milton Neves, that had kicked another television pundit, Sílvio Luiz, according to Leão. Leão said to Neves: "When you kicked Silvio Luiz's ass, a 70-year-old man, you boasted. Come to kick mine!"[7]

In 2010, training Goiás, Leão discussed again with two another television pundits, Renata Fan and Neto. According to Leão, Neto "would not have psychological conditions to speak in a television channel". But the problems between them would happen since 1989, when Leão coached Neto in Palmeiras.[8][9]

In 2013, in research made for sportive site UOL Esporte, Leão was elected the worst coach from Brazil. He had 16 votes. Celso Roth was chosen the second one.[10]

Again in 2013, Leão said that Juvenal Juvêncio, president of São Paulo, club that he coached for two times (between 2004 and 2005 and, after, between 2011 and 2012), should abdicate, for his age, of his position, making like pope Benedict XVI. Juvêncio answered to Leão, saying that the coach "needs to find another job soon".[11][12]

Career statistics



Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1971 Palmeiras Série A 24 0
1972 26 0
1973 36 0
1974 0 0
1975 26 0
1976 21 0
1977 18 0
1978 12 0
1979 Vasco da Gama Série A 14 0
1980 10 0
1981 Grêmio Série A 23 0
1982 23 0
1983 Corinthians Série A 13 0
1984 Palmeiras Série A 14 0
1985 17 0
1986 Sport Recife Série A 0 0
Country Brazil 277 0
Total 277 0


Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1970 2 0
1971 0 0
1972 4 0
1973 5 0
1974 15 0
1975 0 0
1976 5 0
1977 13 0
1978 12 0
1979 8 0
1980 0 0
1981 0 0
1982 0 0
1983 14 0
1984 0 0
1985 0 0
1986 2 0
Total 80 0



Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Shimizu S-Pulse 1993 1994 58 40 0 18 068.97
Verdy Kawasaki 1996 1996 18 13 0 5 072.22
Vissel Kobe 2005 2005 4 1 1 2 025.00
Total 80 54 1 25 067.50



  • 1980 – Campeonato Gaúcho (Grêmio)
  • 1981 – Campeonato Brasileiro (Grêmio)
  • 1982 – Campeonato Brasileiro runner-up (Grêmio)
  • 1987 – Campeonato Brasileiro (Sport Recife)


Shimizu S Pulse
Verdy Kawasaki
Atlético Mineiro
Santos FC
  • 1998 – Copa Conmebol (Santos)
  • 2002 – Campeonato Brasileiro (Santos)
São Paulo


See also

List of Brazil national football team managers


  1. ^ "Brazil's greatest goalkeepers". Sky Sports. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ Christopher Atkins (10 January 2013). "Ranking Brazil's 10 Best Goalkeepers of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. ^ Leao fired by Atletico Mineiro ESPN Soccernet Retrieved on May 4, 2009
  4. ^ "Emerson Leão é o novo treinador do Sport". O Globo. June 3, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "Emerson Leao hired as Sao Paulo manager for the second time in his career". Fox Sports. October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Emerson Leão é o novo treinador do São Caetano" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. August 30, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  7. ^ Emerson Leão chama Milton Neves para briga on YouTube
  8. ^ "Cueca, agressões e ironias; relembre 25 polêmicas de Leão".
  9. ^ Emerson Leão faz duras críticas a Neto e Renata Fan
  10. ^ "Jogadores elegem Emerson Leão como o pior técnico em pesquisa do UOL Esporte".
  11. ^ "Leão dá dica a Juvenal: 'Faça como o Papa, renuncie pela idade'".
  12. ^ "Juvenal Juvêncio responde a Leão: 'Precisa arrumar um emprego logo'".
  13. ^ "Émerson Leão". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  14. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)
  15. ^ "Matches of FIFA XI".
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  • Seleção Brasileira – 90 Anos – Rio de Janeiro: MAUAD, 2004.

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The pool is composed of defending champions Brazil, Scotland, Yugoslavia and Zaire.

1978 FIFA World Cup Group B

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2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B

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2001 FIFA Confederations Cup knockout stage

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2002 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

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2003 Copa Libertadores Finals

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2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

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Antônio Lopes

Antônio Lopes dos Santos, usually known as Antônio Lopes (born June 12, 1941 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state) is a Brazilian football head coach and former footballer.

Before being a football head coach, he worked as a chief police officer in Rio de Janeiro city.

Antônio Lopes was the assistant manager of the Brazil national football team, managed by Émerson Leão, in 2000. He was also the assistant manager of the Brazilian national team, managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, during the successful 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign.

In 2005, he was the manager of Corinthians, replacing Márcio Bittencourt, during most of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A season. The club, with Antônio Lopes as its head coach, won the competition.

Club Athletico Paranaense

Club Athletico Paranaense, commonly known as Atlético Paranaense, is a Brazilian football team from Curitiba in Paraná, founded on March 26, 1924. The team won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (Premier League) in 2001 and Copa Sudamericana in 2018.

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Leão (disambiguation)

Leão (Portuguese for lion) may refer to:

Émerson Leão (born 1949), Brazilian manager and former footballer

Nara Leão (1942–1989), Brazilian bossa nova and MPB (popular Brazilian music) singer and occasional actress

Aristides Leão (1914–1993), Brazilian biologist and scientist

André Leão (born 1985), Portuguese footballer

Augusto Pinto Duarte Maia (born 1971), Portuguese footballer known as Leão

List of Brazil national football team managers

The following is a list of Brazil national football team managers.

List of Clube Atlético Mineiro managers

Clube Atlético Mineiro is a Brazilian professional football club based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The club has played in the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system, throughout all of its history with the exception of one season, as well as in all editions of the Campeonato Mineiro, the premier state league of Minas Gerais, while also taking part in numerous CONMEBOL-organised international competitions.

This chronological list comprises those who have held the position of head coach of the first team of Atlético Mineiro since 1926, the date of the first available data for a club manager. Each manager's entry includes his years of tenure, honours won and significant achievements while under his care, where available. Caretaker managers are included, where known. As of 2018, Atlético Mineiro has had 82 known full-time managers.

The first known full-time manager for Atlético Mineiro was Chico Neto, who managed the club in 1926. The most successful Atlético Mineiro manager in terms of trophies won is Levir Culpi, who won three Campeonato Mineiro titles, one Copa do Brasil, one Recopa Sudamericana and one Série B in four spells with the club, from the 1990s to the 2010s. Telê Santana is the club's longest-serving manager, with 434 matches during three periods in the 1970s and 1980s.

List of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras managers

The following is a list of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras managers.

List of Sport Club do Recife managers

The following is a list of Sport Club do Recife managers.

List of abolished CONMEBOL tournaments winning managers (1988-2001)

This is a list of abolished CONMEBOL tournaments winning managers. Below are lists of head coaches who have won football tournaments which were played from 1988 to 2001 in South America (CONMEBOL zone).

These tournaments include:

Supercopa Sudamericana - also known as the Supercopa Libertadores João Havelange, Supercopa Libertadores, Supercopa João Havelange or simply Supercopa, was a football club competition contested annually by the past winners of the Copa Libertadores. It was held from 1988 to 1997 and considered as second main continental tournament after Copa Libertadores.

Copa CONMEBOL - the third most prestigious South American club competition between 1992 and 1999. Teams that were not able to qualify for the Copa Libertadores, played in this tournament.

Copa Mercosur - was a football competition played from 1998 to 2001 by the traditional top clubs from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile. It was merged with Copa Merconorte and replaced by Copa Sudamericana in 2002.

Copa Merconorte - competition played from 1998 to 2001 by clubs from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and later the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico. It was merged with Copa Mersur and replaced by Copa Sudamericana in 2002.Also, CONMEBOL held other tournaments (Copa de Oro, Supercopa Masters, Copa Masters CONMEBOL), but they were not main continental competitions, were irregular, and participated among small number of teams.

Most often abolished CONMEBOL tournaments have been won by Brazilian coaches - 11 times, second place occupied by the Argentinians, with nine victories. This figure roughly corresponds to the number of titles of Brazilian and Argentine clubs, except for the victory of San Lorenzo de Almagro that won 2001 Mercosur Cup with Chilean specialist Manuel Pellegrini. Another foreign coach-winner was Luis Cubilla, Uruguayan, who led Paraguayan Club Olimpia to victory in 1990 Supercopa Libertadores. Only Cubilla and Brazilian Telê Santana (in 1993) won two the most prestigious club tournaments in South America during one calendar year.

The only coach, who won abolished CONMEBOL tournaments twice, was Émerson Leão. Moreover, he did it in a row with two different clubs - in 1997 he won Copa CONMEBOL with Atletico Mineiro, and year later same tournament with Santos.

Moraci Sant'anna

Moraci Vasconcelos Sant'anna (born 26 July 1951 in Santana de Parnaiba-São Paulo, Brazil), better known as Moraci Sant'anna, is a Brazilian conditioner/coach. He is currently conditioner of the Clube Atlético Paranaense . He won 1994 FIFA World Cup with Brazil national football team. His current contract with Olympiacos brings him almost 320,000 € annually.

Ney Franco

Ney Franco da Silveira Júnior, better known as Ney Franco is a Brazilian football manager, who was born July 22, 1966 in Ipatinga, MG. On July 11, 2008, he was hired by Botafogo to assume their vacancy as manager. On August 10, 2009 Franco was fired as coach of Botafogo because of bad results. One day later he was hired as coach.

On September 23, 2010, Franco was appointed as coach of Brazil U20 team. His main goal was to classify Brazil to the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which he achieved.

On July 5, 2012, after dismiss of Émerson Leão, São Paulo FC confirmed Franco as them new coach for the rest of season. He was liberated by CBF to sign with São Paulo FCExactly one year after his signing, Franco was dismissed by directors of club. The former manager of Tricolor let Brazilian side winning 59% of points disputed by São Paulo. For game against rival Santos FC, on July 7, Milton Cruz will coach the players. According to Adalberto Baptista, director of club, 2012 "was a very competent year. [The club] had a good campaign, won Copa Sudamericana. [Franco] has shown competency, but unfortunately we know in football results carry from heaven to hell. For this, we have decided to dismiss him."Franco, for his way, has shown a little disappointment with Paulo Henrique Ganso, that is playing a bad football for club, and believes that his dismissed was caused because of the elimination of São Paulo in Libertadores, against Atlético Mineiro, another Brazilian side.In 2013 Ney Franco coached Vitória finishing the Brazilian league Campeonato Brasileiro Série Ain 5th, almost taking the club to Copa Libertadores. He still remains with Vitória in 2014. Leaving the red-black Bahia in May 2014 and that same year hit his return to the command of Flamengo.

Pedro R.S.

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