Henrique Calisto

Henrique Calisto
Personal information
Full name Henrique Manuel da Silva Calisto
Date of birth (1953-10-16) 16 October 1953
Place of birth Matosinhos, Portugal
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Leixões 23 (1)
1977–1978 Fafe
Teams managed
1980–1981 Boavista
1981–1983 Salgueiros
1983–1984 Boavista
1984–1985 Salgueiros
1985 Braga
1986–1988 Varzim
1988–1990 Académica
1990 Varzim
1991 Leixões
1992 Penafiel
1992–1993 Chaves
1994 Leixões
1995–1996 Rio Ave
1997 Paços Ferreira
1997–1998 Académica
1998–2000 Paços Ferreira
2001 Đồng Tâm Long An
2002 Vietnam
2003–2008 Đồng Tâm Long An
2008–2011 Vietnam
2011 Muangthong United
2011–2012 Paços Ferreira
2013 Libolo
2013–2014 Paços Ferreira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Henrique Manuel da Silva Calisto (born 16 October 1953) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back, and a current manager.

After his playing career ended he became a manager, taking charge of numerous clubs, mainly in Portugal, and also managed the Vietnamese national team.

Playing career

Born in Matosinhos, Calisto played three seasons in the Primeira Liga with local Leixões SC. His best output consisted of 17 games (one goal) in 1973–74, with the team finishing in 14th position.[1]

Calisto retired from professional football in June 1978 at only 24, after one season with A.D. Fafe in the second division.

Coaching career


Calisto begun coaching at the age of only 26, leading Boavista F.C. to the fourth position in 1980–81's top flight, recording nine wins, four draws and two losses in his 15 games in charge. He spent the following four years between that team and its Porto neighbours S.C. Salgueiros, winning the second division in 1982.

After only a few months in charge of S.C. Braga, Calisto joined fellow league side Varzim S.C. in the 1986 summer,[2] being sacked with two games left in the 1987–88 campaign and replaced with club player Baltemar Brito as the season ended in relegation. He then had short spells with various clubs, his 1994 one with former club Leixões ending in second level relegation (only one win in ten matches).

Calisto joined Rio Ave F.C. in January 1995, leading the Vila do Conde side to the division two championship in his first full season, but was sacked after the 13th round in 1996–97 after failing to record one win in 13 games. He completed the campaign at the helm of F.C. Paços de Ferreira, in one of several spells he had with the club.

In 2011–12, Calisto returned to Paços for his third stint: when he took the reins of the team it ranked in last position, and he eventually left it well outside of the relegation zone, as tenth, leaving at the end of the campaign.[3]


Calisto spent eight seasons at the helm of Đồng Tâm Long An F.C. in Vietnam, leading the club to two V.League 1 titles,[4] and five other top-three finishes. In March 2008, he was hired as head coach of the Vietnamese football team,[5] leading it to its first ASEAN Football Championship title.

Calisto quit his job as national side coach on 2 March 2011. He had been criticized over the poor performance of the team at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup,[6] and was appointed at Thai outfit Muangthong United F.C. the following week.[7]

Africa / Return to Portugal

In mid-February 2013, Calisto was appointed at C.R.D. Libolo in Angola.[8] He returned to his country on 30 October of that year, however, replacing fired Costinha at the helm of former team Paços which ranked last in the league with only one win and one draw from eight games.



Rio Ave
Đồng Tâm Long An




  1. Época 1973/74: Primeira Divisão (1973/74 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 19 April 2007 (in Portuguese)
  2. Época 1986/87: Primeira Divisão (1986/87 season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 8 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  3. "Calisto confirma saída" [Calisto confirms exit]. A Bola. 12 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. Calisto quits as coach of Vietnam’s national football team; Very Vietnam, 2 March 2011
  5. Calisto to take over national team’s coach position; Vietnam Net, 19 March 2008
  6. Coach Henrique Calisto say goodbye to national team; DZ Times, 3 March 2011
  7. New coach Calisto targets Muang Thong title hattrick; The Nation, 11 March 2011
  8. "Calisto apresentado no Libolo" [Calisto presented at Libolo] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
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