It’s a new season and with it comes a new manager in through the doors at FC Pune City. This time it’s Miguel Ángel Portugal who is the man in charge. The Spaniard (ironic, with that name, huh?) has a long playing career behind him, including over 70 league games for Real Madrid.
However, on the coaching side, he has not had the best of luck with his average time at a club being 0.68 years.
All Roads Lead to Madrid
After hanging up his boots he started his coaching career with Arandina in the lower leagues in 1996. He stayed there for a season before returning to Real Madrid to coach the team’s C and B teams for a few years before trying his hand at first teams again.
It didn’t start too well with a disastrous spell in 1999 in charge of second division side Toledo that only lasted a few months. That lead to Portugal taking a break from football until Cordoba, where he had retired as a footballer, came calling in 2003.
It was only to be a single season with Cordoba as he returned to Real Madrid’s B team for the following season. Another one-season-gig followed when he coached Racing Santander in the 2006-07 season.
After that he had a break as manager, spending the time as a technical director at Real Madrid and looking set to take the high profile position in November of 2008, but the club chose to go for Juande Ramos. A year later he would be back in the hot seat, however, and once again it was Racing Santander.
An Exotic Twist
The second stint with the Cantabrian outfit is the longest at any team to date, lasting a season and a half. With Racing sitting above the drop zone in February 2011, Portugal was fired by new owner Ahsan Ali Syed.
Then Portugal’s career took a turn towards the exotic, with a spell in Bolivia and the top club Bolívar the next job on his list. Here he guided the capital club to a win in the league’s closing stage after finishing third in the first half of the season. That caught the eye of Brazilian side Atlético Paranaense and he took charge of their 2014 campaign. That didn’t go too well and Portugal was not allowed to finish the season in Brazil. A six-month spell with Real Valladolid in the Spanish second division was up next before a very short stint at CS Constantine in Algeria that only lasted a month.
Last season he took charge of Dehli Dynamos, without really getting the Dynamos up to maximum speed, before returning to Spain to see out the last of the European season with Granada.
And that brings us to here. Now he’s back in India to take charge of Pune. Will this be the team where Portugal finds somewhere to call home for an extended period of time? Will he be the man to take Pune to the top? Time will show.