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José Manuel Figueira

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José Figueira
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Figueira
Date of birth (1982-02-09) 9 February 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Crawley, England[1]
Club information
Current team
Team Wellington
Youth career
Team
Crawley Town
Teams managed
Years Team
2008–2011 Auckland City (youth)
2012–2013 New York Red Bulls (youth coach)
2014–2016 Central United
2014–2015 New Zealand U17
2015–2016 Auckland City (youth)
2016– Team Wellington
2018– New Zealand U17
2018– New Zealand (assistant)

José Manuel Figueira (born 20 September 1972 in Crawley, England) is an English football coach of Spanish descent, who is the current manager of ISPS Handa Premiership club Team Wellington.[2][3] Figueira additionally holds roles as assistant coach of the New Zealand national team, and head coach of the New Zealand under-17 national team.[4][5]

Career[edit | edit source]

Figueira initially began his career as a player, playing for the youth side of local club Crawley Town, but quit at the age of 19 to pursue a career in coaching, arriving in New Zealand in 2003.[6][7]

Figueira was announced as head coach of the New Zealand under-17 national team in preparation for the 2015 OFC U-17 Championship; however, after winning the tournament, he was controversially sacked despite winning all seven games and lifting the title.[8][9] He was reappointed in 2018, as well as being named assistant manager to Fritz Schmid for the New Zealand senior team.[10][11] Despite a shock 5-0 loss to the Solomon Islands, Figueira and New Zealand lifted the 2018 OFC U-16 Championship title.[12][13]

In 2016, Figueira was announced as the new manager of defending ISPS Handa Premiership champions Team Wellington;[14][15] he immediately led them to another title in the 2016–17 season at his first attempt.[16] This led to him being named New Zealand Football Coach of the Year in 2017.[17] Under Figueira, Team Wellington won the 2018 OFC Champions League, qualifying the club for their first ever FIFA Club World Cup.[18]

Honours[edit | edit source]

Team Wellington
Auckland City
New Zealand U17

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "From Crawley to Kiwi".
  2. https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/the-story-behind-team-wellington-s-success
  3. "New national under-17 coach Jose Figueira remains committed to Team Wellington".
  4. "New national under-17 coach Jose Figueira remains committed to Team Wellington".
  5. https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/multi-tasking-figueira-living-the-dream-ahead-of-club-world-cup-bow
  6. https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/multi-tasking-figueira-living-the-dream-ahead-of-club-world-cup-bow
  7. "Team Wellington's Spanish Englishman ready to implement attacking style".
  8. "Team Wellington's Spanish Englishman ready to implement attacking style".
  9. Steven.Holloway@Nzherald.Co.Nz @Shollow1, Steven Holloway Sports Writer (2015-07-30). "NZ Football coach never suspected players ineligible". NZ Herald.
  10. "NZ U-17 and U-20 Head Coaches confirmed".
  11. "New national under-17 coach Jose Figueira remains committed to Team Wellington".
  12. "Solo rejoice in breakthrough moment". 2018-09-24.
  13. "Sport: NZ seal seventh OFC U16 title". 2018-09-23.
  14. "Team Wellington's Spanish Englishman ready to implement attacking style".
  15. "Jose Figueira confident he has Team Wellington squad capable of defending their title".
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6U5iwEVRq4
  17. "NZ U-17 and U-20 Head Coaches confirmed".
  18. "Sport: Team Wellington claim maiden OFC Champs League title". 2018-05-20.

External links[edit | edit source]


Category:1982 births Category:Living people Category:People from Crawley Category:English football managers Category:English people of Spanish descent


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