Photo: Wikipedia Commons/An1997

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/An1997

Jesualdo Ferreira was introduced to media as the next manager of Sporting Braga on Thursday. The 67-year-old re-joins the club he previously managed between 2003-2006 on a three-year deal.

Former manager José Peseiro left the club a week ago by mutual consent. Despite finishing fourth in the league and winning the Portuguese League Cup, Peseiro’s Braga side failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Ferreira is credited with building the foundation that would make Braga a force in Portuguese football. Since Ferreira’s first full season with the club in 2003-04, Braga has finished outside the top five only once. They have qualified for European football an impressive 11 consecutive seasons.

Club president António Salvador spoke about Ferreira’s long-term contribution to the Minho club. “This is a very good day for me and the Sporting Braga family, as we are able to have someone who came here 10 years and created a new period in the club’s history. A period where we grew consistently and became a winner.”

Ferreira said that he looks back fondly on his previous tenure as manager of Os Arsenalistas , and feels great affection and gratitude towards the club, its fans and the city.

“For me, I feel the most noble gratitude. When the president (Salvador) contacted me last week, I was overcome with great emotion,” Ferreira said. “I will continue to be what I have always been: serious, honest and ambitious.”

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