Former Porto boss Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas, simply known as Andre Villas-Boas, has been named the new Chelsea manager.
Villas-Boas has signed a three-year contract with the Stamford Bridge club and will begin work with immediate effect.
The London club have been shopping for a new manager after sacking former boss Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season. The Blues paid the £13.3m compensation to release the Portuguese coach, touted as “The new Mourinho” from his contract at the Estádio do Dragão.
The likes of former caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard and even former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez had been hyped to take the job at the London club. However, the 33-year-old (who won a treble with Porto last season) became the favourite after handing in his resignation on 21 June 2011.
He is 33 years old having been born in October 17 1977
He lived in the same apartment block as a 16-year-old with the then Porto manager and English great Sir Bobby Robson
He is the youngest manager in history to win a European title, the UEFA Europa League on 18 May 2011
At Chelsea, he will coach a player his senior like Henrique Hilario (38) and age mates like Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, both 33, as well as Nicolas Anelka and Paulo Ferriera, both 32
In his first season as coach, Villas-Boas set the following records:
- By winning the UEFA Europa League on 18 May 2011, he is the youngest manager ever to win a European competition, at 33 years and 213 days of age
- The club record for the most matches across all competitions unbeaten (36). This record was previously held by José Mourinho at 33 matches. Part of this streak was completed by the previous coach of FC Porto, Jesualdo Ferreira.
- The most wins in Europe in one season by a Portuguese club (14)
- The most points in a 30-game Portuguese league season (84)
- The highest number of consecutive wins in the Portuguese league (16)
- The biggest margin over the second placed team in the league (21)
- The only team to win the Portuguese league without being beaten aside from Benfica in 1972/73
- On 3 April 2011, Villas-Boas won his first Primeira Liga, five rounds before the end, by defeating second-place Benfica 2–1 away at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, becoming the third youngest coach to win it, only behind Mihály Sistka (1938–39) and Juca (1961–62). It is the second time that Porto won the Portuguese league by beating its rival at its home soil, the first time being 71 years ago, in the 1939–40 season when Porto clinched the title by defeating Benfica at the Estádio das Amoreiras.
- On 22 May 2011, Villas-Boas won the Treble by winning the Portuguese Cup, equalizing Tomislav Ivić (when he won 4 titles for Porto in 1987/88), and making Porto the first (and only) European team to win a treble twice (Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League).
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