Nelson Veríssimo returns to the ‘helm’ of Benfica a year and a half after surrendering Bruno Lage – Futebol

Coach Nelson Veríssimo returned this Tuesday to the ‘helm’ of Benfica’s main football team, a year and a half after having replaced Bruno Lage in charge of the ‘incarnates’ in the last five rounds of the 2019/20 I League.

As at that time, but now much earlier, the until now leader of the ‘Incarnado’ secondary team was called in to ensure the leadership of the group after a period of ‘storm’, which resulted in the removal of the head coach of the club, and already guides the team in training today, two days away from FC Porto.

So, Veríssimo accompanied Bruno Lage, as assistant, in his promotion to the main team in the previous season, to replace Rui Vitória, who ended up winning the last national title of Clube da Luz.

Now, he ascends in ‘his name’ to the main team and until the end of the season, to surrender Jorge Jesus, with ‘parchments’ of leader of the II Football League, where he has won 10 wins in 15 games this season, which put the ‘babies’ ‘ at a distance of four points from the runner-up, Feirense.

In his first spell in charge of the main team, in an atypical season, which ended only in August due to the covid-19 pandemic, Veríssimo scored a draw and four victories in the I League, highlighting the triumph over Sporting (2-1) in the last round of the competition.

It wasn’t enough to ‘cancel’ the distance, which ended five points behind, for FC Porto, who were crowned national champions and won the Portuguese Cup with a victory (2-1), precisely, over Benfica, in that which was Verissimo’s last game ahead of Benfica’s team.

Interestingly, the debut of the second spell of Veríssimo will also be against FC Porto, on Thursday, in the 16th round of the I Liga.

The coach left the club at the end of that first stint in charge of the main team, but returned seven months later, in March of this year, to succeed Renato Paiva at the head of team B, from the 14th round, when this was in in 15th place in the II League, just two points above the relegation zone.

They finished quietly in eighth place, after eight wins and seven draws in 21 games, and carried over to the current season, where the secondary team has stood out with just two defeats in the competitive second-tier championship.

As a player, Nelson Veríssimo did almost all his training in the ‘incarnados’, which he joined in 1989, coming from Atlético Povoense, when he was still a child (under-13).

He made his first-team debut in 1995/96, where he played in just three games, a season before being loaned to Alverca, never to return to Benfica as a player.

Before starting his coaching career, as assistant to Luís Norton de Matos, in the first season of the Luz club B team project, Veríssimo also represented Académica, Vitória de Setúbal, Fátima and Mafra.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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