Sérgio Conceição

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Marceneiro and the second or paternal family name is da Conceição.
Sérgio Conceição
Personal information
Full name Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição
Date of birth (1974-11-15) 15 November 1974
Place of birth Coimbra, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1986–1991 Académica
1991–1993 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Penafiel 30 (2)
1994–1995 Leça 24 (3)
1995–1996 Felgueiras 30 (4)
1996–1998 Porto 56 (9)
1998–2000 Lazio 63 (7)
2000–2001 Parma 25 (5)
2001–2003 Internazionale 41 (1)
2003–2004 Lazio 7 (0)
2004 Porto 11 (0)
2004–2007 Standard Liège 74 (21)
2007 Al Qadsia 7 (5)
2008–2010 PAOK 37 (4)
Total 405 (61)
National team
1995–1996 Portugal U21 7 (1)
1996–2003 Portugal 56 (12)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Standard Liège (assistant)
2012–2013 Olhanense
2013–2014 Académica
2014–2015 Braga
2015–2016 Vitória Guimarães

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒiu kõsɐjˈsɐ̃w̃]; born 15 November 1974) is a former Portuguese footballer who played mostly as a right winger, and a current manager.

Known for his speed and strength, combined with his good dribbling and crossing skills and fairly accurate shooting,[1] he played for ten different teams, in five countries: after gaining international recognition with Porto he switched to Italy, where he appeared for three clubs. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 97 games and 13 goals over the course of four seasons, adding 136/13 in Serie A.

Having won more than 50 caps for Portugal, Conceição represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship. In 2012, he started working as a manager.

Club career


Born in Coimbra, Conceição began his career playing for the youth teams of hometown's Associação Académica. He started professionally in the second division, consecutively for F.C. Penafiel, Leça F.C. and F.C. Felgueiras, before moving to FC Porto in 1996; two highly successful years with the latter saw his runs down the right flank, combined with a good goalscoring record, help it to back-to-back domestic championships and a Portuguese Cup triumph.

Conceição joined S.S. Lazio and played a significant part in their 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup success, while also scoring five goals in 33 games in his first season in Serie A. He also helped the team to a Scudetto, a Coppa Italia (in a 1999–2000 conquest of the double) and the 1999 UEFA Super Cup.

In July 2000, Conceição transferred to Parma A.C. as a makeweight in Hernán Crespo's transfer, along with Matías Almeyda. The following campaign, he was used in the same fashion in the transfer of Sébastien Frey, which saw him go to Inter Milan while Frey went in the other direction.[2] After two seasons and a good number of starts, he would eventually leave Inter by mutual agreement and re-joined Lazio, leaving for former club Porto towards the end of 2003–04, again by mutual agreement,[3][4] and adding his third Portuguese national championship.

In the 2004 summer, Conceição signed for Belgium's Standard Liège on a one-year deal.[5] He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for best player of the year in his first season. However, in March 2006, he was banned for three years – the first 4.5 months of the ban taking effect immediately and the rest suspended[6]– depending on good behaviour, for spitting on an opposing player and assaulting a referee.[7]

After the 2006–07 season, Conceição failed to win any silverware with Standard, finishing runner-up in 2005–06's league and losing the 2007 final of the Belgian Cup. He decided to move to Kuwait and Qadsia SC on a rather lucrative contract but, quickly unsettled, left.

In January 2008, after failed deals in Portugal, Conceição agreed to join PAOK FC in Greece, signing an 18-month contract. His unlikely signing was largely attributed to club director of football Zisis Vryzas, and the presence of Portuguese manager Fernando Santos on the bench; though he initially struggled even to return to proper fitness levels, he was instantly given the number No. 7 shirt, once worn by legendary former player (and also chairman) Theodoros Zagorakis.

In 2008–09, Conceição was promoted to team captain. Along with compatriot Vieirinha, he was a regular on the team's wings and gradually became a fan favourite for his leadership and his devotion to the club. However, at the beginning of the following campaign, he was regularly troubled by knee injuries for the most part of October, managing only a few appearances.


On 13 October 2009, Conceição announced his decision to retire from professional football, and continue working for the Thessaloniki club as technical director,[8] accepting Vryzas' proposition for the seat the latter left vacant when he assumed presidency early on.

In late May 2010, Conceição left PAOK and rejoined another former team, being made part of Standard Liège's coaching staff. He began his managerial career on 1 January 2012, replacing sacked Daúto Faquirá at the helm of S.C. Olhanense;[9] he left the club from the Algarve on 9 August, following disputes with the board.[10]

Conceição was hired as manager of hometown team Académica on 8 April 2013, less than 24 hours after the club dismissed Pedro Emanuel from the post.[11] He left at the end of the season.[12]

Already in charge of S.C. Braga, with which he signed a two-year contract in May 2014,[13] Conceição led his team to the final of the domestic cup, which they lost in a penalty shootout to Sporting Clube de Portugal despite leading 2–0 at half time.[14] After the semi-final victory at Rio Ave FC, he made the 24-mile journey home from Vila do Conde on foot, as part of a promise to his players.[15]

On 8 June 2015, Conceição was dismissed from his position,[16] resurfacing on 22 September with his fourth top flight management position, at Vitória SC.[17] On 17 January 2016, he led the side to their first home win against Porto (1–0) in 14 years;[18] he left at the end of the campaign, by mutual consent.[19]

International career

Conceição played 56 times with the Portugal national team and scored 12 goals,[20] his debut being on 9 November 1996 in a 1–0 home win against Ukraine for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In his last international game he was on the losing end of a 0–3 friendly defeat at the hands of Spain, on 6 September 2003.

Early in his international career, Conceição was not known for his scoring prowess but, at UEFA Euro 2000, Portugal reached the semi-finals with a major contribution from him: in the third and final match of the group stage, against defending champions Germany in Rotterdam, he netted a hat-trick for all of the game's goals;[21] the national side had guaranteed first place in the first two rounds, so it played mostly with substitutes, but he cemented his place in the starting XI for the rest of the tournament and subsequent call-ups.

In qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, Conceição scored four goals as Portugal finished atop a group that also featured the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands (netting against both). He was not recalled after 2003.

International goals

Sérgio Conceição: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 1997 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–0 1998 World Cup qualification
2 26 March 1999 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes, Portugal  Azerbaijan 4–0 7–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
3 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
4 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
5 20 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Germany 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2000
6 7 October 2000 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 2002 World Cup qualification
7 11 October 2000 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 0–1 0–2 2002 World Cup qualification
8 1 September 2001 Camp d'Esports, Lleida, Spain  Andorra 1–6 1–7 2002 World Cup qualification
9 5 September 2001 Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–3 1–3 2002 World Cup qualification
10 27 March 2002 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal  Finland 1–2 1–4 Friendly
11 17 April 2002 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Brazil 1–0 1–1 Friendly
12 16 October 2002 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden 2–1 2–3 Friendly

Personal life

Coimbra's municipal government named a local 2,500-seater stadium after him – the Estádio Municipal Sérgio Conceição.[22] He fathered five sons, four of whom were footballers.[23][24]




Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Other Total
1993–94PenafielSegunda Liga302
1994–95LeçaSegunda Liga243
1995–96FelgueirasPrimeira Liga304
1996–97PortoPrimeira Liga261317020382
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Other Total
1998–99LazioSerie A3355111
2000–01ParmaSerie A25562
2001–02InterSerie A22180
2003–04LazioSerie A7070
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Other Total
2003–04PortoPrimeira Liga11011121
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Other Total
2004–05Standard LiègeBelgian Pro League271050
Kuwait League Emir Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007–08Al-QadsiaKuwaiti Premier League75
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08PAOKSuperleague Greece70
Country Portugal 15118
Italy 13613
Belgium 7421
Kuwait 75
Greece 374
Total 40561



Managerial statistics

As of 14 May 2016[26]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Olhanense 1 January 2012 7 January 2013 34 10 13 11 43 45 −2 29.41
Académica 8 April 2013 26 May 2014 41 12 14 15 34 45 −11 29.27
Braga 26 May 2014 30 June 2015 44 23 10 11 78 38 +40 52.27
V. Guimarães 23 September 2015 18 May 2016 31 8 10 13 43 52 −9 25.81
Career totals 150 53 47 50 198 180 +18 35.33










  1. Euro 2000 profile; at BBC Sport
  2. Inter in double swoop; BBC Sport, 5 July 2001
  3. Conceição leaves Lazio; BBC Sport, 13 January 2004
  4. Sérgio Conceição back at Porto; UEFA.com, 16 January 2004
  5. Standard set on Sérgio Conceição; UEFA.com, 10 August 2004
  6. Hefty suspension for Conceição; UEFA.com, 11 April 2006
  7. Conceição out of Steaua tie; UEFA.com, 14 August 2006
  8. Δήλωση του Sergio Conceicao (Sergio Conceicao statement); PAOK FC, 13 October 2009 (Greek)
  9. "Sérgio Conceição é o novo treinador" [Sérgio Conceição is the new manager] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  10. Lousada Oliveira, Octavio (9 August 2012). "Sérgio Conceição deixa Olhanense após troca de insultos" [Sérgio Conceição leaves Olhanense after exchange of insults] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  11. "Sérgio Conceição é o novo treinador da Académica" [Sérgio Conceição is the new Académica manager] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  12. "Sérgio Conceição: "Foi apaixonante treinar esta equipa"" [Sérgio Conceição: "To coach this team was a passionate experience"] (in Portuguese). Record. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  13. "Sérgio Conceição: "Vamos pensar nas taças"" [Sérgio Conceição: "Let's think about the cups"] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  14. "Sporting Lisbon stage remarkable comeback after having man sent off and going 2–0 down after half hour... to win Portuguese Cup on penalties against Braga". Daily Mail. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  15. Critchley, Mark (2 May 2015). "Braga boss Sérgio Conceição celebrates cup win by jogging 24 miles home". The Independent. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  16. Paulo, Isabel (8 June 2015). "Braga despede Sérgio Conceição por falta de respeito" [Braga dismiss Sérgio Conceição for lack of respect] (in Portuguese). SAPO. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  17. "Sérgio Conceição é o novo treinador do Vitória de Guimarães" [Sérgio Conceição is the new manager of Vitória de Guimarães] (in Portuguese). Notícias ao Minuto. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  18. "I Liga (18.ª jorn.): V. Guimarães, 1 – FC Porto, 0: Reacções*" [I Liga (18th rnd.): V. Guimarães, 1 – FC Porto, 0: Reactions*] (in Portuguese). Diário Digital. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  19. Oliveira, Vítor Jorge (18 May 2016). "Sérgio Conceição deixa o Vitória de Guimarães" [Sérgio Conceição leaves Vitória de Guimarães] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  20. "Portugal – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  21. Conceição hat-trick ousts holders Germany; UEFA.com, 6 October 2003
  22. Ultimate accolade for Conceição; UEFA.com, 15 November 2002
  23. "Sérgio Conceição: quatro filhos futebolistas, um deles no Benfica" [Sérgio Conceição: four footballer sons, one of them in Benfica] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  24. Vieira, Miguel Pedro (29 May 2015). "Uma família de craques" [A family of stars] (in Portuguese). Record. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  25. "Sergio Conceiçao". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  26. "Sérgio Conceição". Zerozero. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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