As a player Paulo Sousa represented many of Europe’s top clubs, including Benfica and Sporting in his home country of Portugal, plus Juventus, Dortmund, Inter Milan and Espanyol.
He first began his coaching career by joining the backroom staff of Portugal’s national team, taking the helm of the U16s before being appointed assistant manager of the senior national team in the summer of 2008. However, in November of the same year he became head coach of EFL Championship team, Queens Park Rangers. He subsequently enjoyed a season as manager of Swansea City, leading the club to its highest finish in the EFL Championship for 27 years, just missing out on the play-offs.
After a spell in charge of Leicester City, he won the Hungarian League Cup with Videoton in 2012 before joining Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2013, where he won the Israeli Premier League in his only season in charge.
He led Basel to the Swiss Super League title in 2015, and he has also served as manager of Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A, Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League and Bordeaux in French Ligue 1.
He was appointed manager of Poland’s national side in January 2021.