Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC have appointed experienced Portuguese coach Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada, better known as Nelo Vingada, as their head coach for the third ISL season.
Nelo Vingada nicknamed ‘The Professor’ comes in as a late replacement for Brazilian Sérgio Farias who opted out of coaching in India and return to Suphanburi FC in the Thai Premier League for still unknown reasons.
Serpa-born 63 year old Nelo Vingada has over 35 years of coaching experience after a successful playing career for Atlético Clube de Portugal, Sintrense and CF Belenenses in his native Portugal.
Nelo Vingada started his coaching career with Belenenses before going on to coach Académica de Coimbra, Sintrense, and Vilafranquense. Then Carlos Queiroz made him his assistant with the Portugal Under-20 team and they went on to the win the 1989 and 1991 FIFA Under-20 World Cup’s. In 1995, Nelo Vingada himself was the head coach of the Portugal U-20s and they went on to finish third before taking charge of the Portugal U-23s at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where Portugal finished fourth.
Thereafter Nelo Vingada became a journeyman, first successfully coaching Saudi Arabia to win the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, but before the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France he was fired by the Saudi federation.
He went on to become Graham Souness’ assistant at Benfica before going on to coach Maritimo Madeira, El Zamalek (Egypt), Egypt Olympic team, Académica de Coimbra, Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), Jordan, Persepolis (Iran), Vitoria, FC Seoul (South Korea), Dalian Shide (China), Iran (assistant), Iran Olympic team, and again at Marítimo Madeira across Asia, Africa and at home in Portugal.
Now Nelo Vingada comes to India to coach NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League with the club aiming to finally reach the semifinals in the third season of the ISL.