The Por­tuguese lost inter­est in work.

The youngest and most promising

18 May 2011, Dublin. Por­to, under the lead­er­ship of a 33-year-old coach, whom only geeks and fans of the Por­tuguese cham­pi­onship knew about a year ear­li­er, wins the Europa League. Team coach Andre Vil­las-Boas became the youngest coach to win the Euro­pean Cup. In anoth­er four days, the team will take the nation­al Cup, defeat­ing Vito­ria Guimarães 6:2 in the final, and will secure the cham­pi­onship ahead of sched­ule in ear­ly April.

The young spe­cial­ist was imme­di­ate­ly dubbed the sec­ond Mour­in­ho, who also reigned in the UEFA Cup with Por­to in 2003. More­over, Vil­las-Boas worked as Jose’s assis­tant for six years: in the same Por­to, Chelsea and Inter. Andre left Milan a year before the tre­ble to start a solo career.

After his tri­umph in 2011, Andre did not invent any­thing. I fol­lowed the long-famil­iar path of my for­mer boss and accept­ed Chelsea’s offer. It must be said that they are, of course, not the same. For exam­ple, many of those who have crossed paths with both describe Andre as a nicer per­son and not as hot-tem­pered as Moure.

Boas is called the main con­tender to replace Cherch­esov. He has a dif­fi­cult char­ac­ter, an insane inter­est in ral­ly­ing and sym­pa­thy for Dzi­u­ba

Anoth­er big dif­fer­ence between the Por­tuguese is that Vil­las-Boas did not suc­ceed in Lon­don, he played only 40 match­es at the head of the team and did not even com­plete his first sea­son. The same one with the final vic­to­ry in the Cham­pi­ons League, but with Di Mat­teo. The first fail­ure did not erase every­thing that came before it. But a ques­tion mark, not yet very bold, appeared on the lists of appli­cants next to the coach’s name.

In gen­er­al, if you believe that a DeLore­an can exist, jump into the cab­in, accel­er­ate, go back 13 years ago and say that all the titles in Andre’s career after Por­to will be won in Rus­sia — well, this would at least threat­en with side­long glances if not a diag­no­sis. So Tot­ten­ham con­sid­ered that top poten­tial was still avail­able and signed the Por­tuguese.

After exact­ly twice as many match­es as at Chelsea, Andre was fired from there. And both times the coach received a lot of mon­ey for ter­mi­nat­ing the con­tract; in total, he took almost 20 mil­lion euros from the two clubs. The next cou­ple of years showed that Vil­las-Boas seemed to real­ly like the gen­er­ous top-ups on the card.

A rather unex­pect­ed appoint­ment to Zen­it, where Andre, to his cred­it, gave his all, despite some dis­sat­is­fac­tion, includ­ing with the lim­it, and leav­ing for the Chi­nese Shang­hai SIPG “ate up” the most valu­able years of the specialist’s career. While work­ing in Asia, AVB was even includ­ed in the rank­ing of the high­est paid coach­es in the world with a salary of more than 12 mil­lion euros per year.

Andre Vil­las-Boas.
Pho­to by Glob­al Look Press

Something went wrong

Return­ing to Europe, Vil­las-Boas took a break. It was then that his pas­sion for auto rac­ing inten­si­fied, and foot­ball, it seemed, aroused less and less inter­est over the years. In 2018, Andre showed up for the Dakar Ral­ly — out of the planned two weeks of the marathon, he drove four days, drop­ping his Toy­ota from a dune. The Por­tuguese had long dreamed of the Dakar and called it the dream of his whole life.

But foot­ball doesn’t just let you go. In 2019, Vil­las-Boas head­ed Mar­seille and again received a decent salary — 7.2 mil­lion euros per year. And at first it was a dis­as­ter, the club won sil­ver in the unfin­ished covid sea­son and qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League. Then — fail­ure. The team had a ter­ri­ble time in the Euro­pean sea­son and by the begin­ning of Feb­ru­ary they were in ninth place. Obvi­ous­ly, Andre him­self didn’t like what was hap­pen­ing, and then the man­age­ment did some­thing unex­pect­ed — with­out the coach’s knowl­edge they signed Olivi­er Ntshama from Celtic. The clear­ly tired and ner­vous Boas could not for­give this.

“The deci­sion about this trans­fer was not made by me, I have noth­ing to do with it. I learned about it from the press this morn­ing when I woke up. This is exact­ly the play­er I refused. He was nev­er on our list. “In the end, he came to us, and I didn’t know about it,” Andre said and resigned. Sur­pris­ing­ly, he refused com­pen­sa­tion!

Just three months lat­er, the sat­is­fied Por­tuguese entered the World Ral­ly Cup stage and now even hob­bled to the fin­ish line, tak­ing 12th place. Since then, Boas has not coached again, although the media have repeat­ed­ly writ­ten about the inter­est of some teams in him. Most­ly nation­al teams.

In Novem­ber 2023, rumors appeared about Andre’s desire to run for pres­i­dent of Por­to. The ultras of the club didn’t real­ly like this news because of their sym­pa­thy for the cur­rent head, so the fans did the fol­low­ing: they beat Villas-Boas’s secu­ri­ty guard and stole his car, and at the same time paint­ed the walls of the for­mer coach’s house with words like “trai­tor” and “ungrate­ful.” They say that such hor­ror was orga­nized at the insti­ga­tion of Jorge Nuno Pin­to da Cos­ta, whom AVB wants to throw off the throne.

Yuri Zhirkov and Samuel Eto'o.Russ­ian vod­ka from Zhirkov for Vil­las-Boas, Ter­ry and Drog­ba. 2nd part of SE super exclu­sive about Anji

Vil­las-Boas was not afraid and left his can­di­da­cy; elec­tions will be held in April. Appar­ent­ly, Andre is eager to become the main play­er in Por­to. As I once was pas­sion­ate about coach­ing and rac­ing. And while he’s burn­ing, he usu­al­ly suc­ceeds. The Por­tuguese is too under­mined by fail­ures, lit­er­al­ly knocked off bal­ance. Two mis­fires in Lon­don, and now he’s just mak­ing mon­ey with much less pure sport­ing ambi­tions.

Still, he is not the sec­ond Mour­in­ho, not even close. Jose’s phe­nom­e­non large­ly lies in his men­tal­i­ty and pre­sen­ta­tion. Of course, the lev­el of work there was sky-high, but psy­chol­o­gy! That’s what’s impor­tant. The Spe­cial Assis­tant has not prop­er­ly trained this in six years.