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Meet Vítor Oliveira, the manager who has won promotion for five seasons in a row

Since starting out as a manager 32 years ago, Vítor Oliveira has taken 22 jobs at 17 clubs and won promotion 10 times

By Will Sharp for These Football Times, of the Guardian Sport Network

Having held 22 managerial jobs at 17 Portuguese clubs throughout his long and continuing career, Vítor Oliveira has shown he has an extraordinary and irrepressible nomadic streak. But the 63-year-old is known throughout Portugal for far more than just his wanderlust. Over the course of his 32-year managerial career, Oliveira has achieved promotion 10 times, including an unprecedented five in a row in his last five seasons.

After calling time on a nondescript playing career in June 1985, the 31-year-old midfielder was quickly installed as manager of his most recent club, Portimonense, who just so happen to be the club he manages today. He showed little of the skill that would help him make his name in his first job and soon found himself seeking alternative employment. After a brief spell with FC Maia, Oliveira took over at Paços de Ferreira, where he achieved the first of many promotions at the end of his third full season. Oliveira led his team out of the Portuguese second tier and kept them up the following season, improving his reputation and earning a three-year spell as manager of established top tier side Gil Vicente, before moving on to Vitória de Guimarães.

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Meet Vítor Oliveira, the manager who has won promotion for five seasons in a row

Since starting out as a manager 32 years ago, Vítor Oliveira has taken 22 jobs at 17 clubs and won promotion 10 times

By Will Sharp for These Football Times, of the Guardian Sport Network

Having held 22 managerial jobs at 17 Portuguese clubs throughout his long and continuing career, Vítor Oliveira has shown he has an extraordinary and irrepressible nomadic streak. But the 63-year-old is known throughout Portugal for far more than just his wanderlust. Over the course of his 32-year managerial career, Oliveira has achieved promotion 10 times, including an unprecedented five in a row in his last five seasons.

After calling time on a nondescript playing career in June 1985, the 31-year-old midfielder was quickly installed as manager of his most recent club, Portimonense, who just so happen to be the club he manages today. He showed little of the skill that would help him make his name in his first job and soon found himself seeking alternative employment. After a brief spell with FC Maia, Oliveira took over at Paços de Ferreira, where he achieved the first of many promotions at the end of his third full season. Oliveira led his team out of the Portuguese second tier and kept them up the following season, improving his reputation and earning a three-year spell as manager of established top tier side Gil Vicente, before moving on to Vitória de Guimarães.

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