Coaches

Head Coach Palhinha

Boston City FC head coach Palhinha led the Lions to the NPSL playoffs in the club’s inaugural season.  He made 16 appearances and scored 5 goals for the legendary Brazil national team having helped his club team São Paulo to two prestigious Copa Libertadores titles.

Palhinha won two Club World Cup championships, defeating Spain’s FC Barcelona and Italy’s AC Milan, with Palhinha the first to score for São Paulo in that game, and later with Cruzeiro, a team from his home state, he won another Libertadores da America, which was his third South American championship.

In 2006 Palhinha retired as a player to study sports management and started managing soccer clubs shortly after.  In 2011 he coached with a soccer academy based in California for three years, before moving to Massachusetts to help form Boston City Football Club.

At 10 years of age he moved to Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, due to his father’s work, and in the borough of Venda Nova made many new friends playing soccer in the streets of his neighborhood.  There, like many famous Brazilian players, he caught the eye of the head trainer of the youth squad for Venda Nova Futebol Clube.

While playing for Venda Nova Futebol Clube, Palhinha began to play in preliminary matches alongside the adult squad, where he drew more and more attention to the point where at the age of 13 he was offered a contract by the Associação Esportiva Santa Tereza, another soccer team from Belo Horizonte.  He stood out so much from other kids his age that he was selected to play for the youth regional soccer team.  A director from America Futebol Clube (MG) invited him to play for the team in the capital and just like that, in less than one year, he became a professional soccer player at the age of 16.

For five years, from 1986 to 1991 he sported the colors of America Futebol Clube, where he built his name and career as a soccer player in the state of Minas Gerais and won the Player of theYear award, was the top goalscorer, was named Rookie of the year, midfielder of the year and most valuable player of the year.  He won the Troféu Guarda, which is kept in the state of Minas Gerais, which is one of the most important accolades for professional soccer players in Brazil.

In January of 1992 he was traded to São Paulo Futebol Clube, and by the end of May that year, he was already a coveted player, being the leading goal scorer with 7 goals in the Libertadores da America, having helped the team win the state championship. Those performances were rewarded with a long-term contract.

That same year, together with São Paulo Futebol Clube, he started racking up a number of championships such as Recopa Sulamericana, Super Copa Sulamericana, and the Torneio Ramon de Carranza and Tereza Herrea played in Spain.  He was selected to play for the Brazilian national squad 16 times, scoring 5 goals he participated in the US CUP played in the United States, the Copa America, and the preliminaries for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

During four years playing for São Paulo, Palhinha won two Club World Cup championships.  In 1992 São Paulo defeated Spain’s FC Barcelona by a score of 2-1 and in 1993 they defeated Italy’s AC Milan 3-2, with Palhinha the first to score for São Paulo in that game. Also in 1992 and 1993, he led São Paulo to two prestigious Copa Libertadores titles.

In January of 1996 he was transferred to Cruzeiro, a team from his home state Minas Gerais.  Returning to his home state with the club he won another Libertadores da America, which was his third South American championship.

Later in his career he played for more international club teams in Peru, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. Throughout his whole professional career he collected a total of 31 championships and many individual trophies.

Of the 31 titles won over the span of his career the most important ones to Palhinha are: 3 Copa Libertadores da America, 2 Club World Cups in Japan, 2 State championships in São Paulo, 3 State championships in Minas Gerais, 1 State championship in Rio Grande do Sul, and 2 Torneio Sul Minas.

 

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