Matosinhos attributes a merit medal to Vítor Oliveira

Matosinhos attributes a merit medal to Vítor Oliveira

The Municipality of Matosinhos today unanimously approved the award of the sport merit medal to the coach Vítor Oliveira, born in this county, for having reached his 11th promotion to the main Portuguese soccer league.

"It's a unique feat of success and a huge reason for pride and satisfaction," the proposal says.

Last Saturday, the coach celebrated for the 11th time the promotion to the Portuguese football leader, in charge of Paços de Ferreira – where it all began in 1990/91 – reinforcing the status of 'King of the Climb' in the Second League .

At the age of 65, the former footballer, born in Matosinhos, in the Oporto district, who has already handled almost two dozen emblems, was one of the main responsible for the return of Paços de Ferreira to the I Liga, one year after being relegated, 11th career ascent, with 18 presences in the second step.

Two years ago, Vítor Oliveira had achieved a similar feat in Portimonense, completing a sequence of five consecutive promotions in the 2016/17 season, after Arouca (2012/13), Moreirense (2013/14), Madeira Union (2014/15) and Sports of Chaves (2015/16).

Vítor Oliveira's 'connection' to the second stage began in the early 1990s, taking Paços de Ferreira to the I Liga in 1990/91, something that he would achieve again with Académica (1996/97), União de Leiria (1997) / 98), Belenenses (1998/99) and Leixões (2006/07).

In the larger division, Vítor Oliveira has 15 appearances, the last of which in Portimonense last season, and before that, in Moreirense, in 2004/05, when he did not finish the season, being replaced by Jorge Jesus, three rounds of end of the race.

Among the performances in the I Liga, a seventh place for the Portimonense in 1985/86, as well as an eighth and a ninth, both by Gil Vicente, respectively, in 2002/03 and 1992/93.

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