Paulo Autuori
Paulo Autuori 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Paulo Autuori de Mello
Date of birth (1956-08-25) 25 August 1956 (age 65)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Club information
Current team
Sport Club Internacional (technical director)
Teams managed
Years Team
1975–1979 Portuguesa-RJ
1979–1981 America-RJ
1982–1984 São Bento
1985 Marília
1985 Bonsucesso
1986 Botafogo
1986–1987 Vitória Guimarães
1987–1989 Nacional
1989–1991 Vitória Guimarães
1991–1995 Marítimo
1995 Botafogo
1996–1997 Benfica
1997 Cruzeiro
1997–1998 Flamengo
1998 Botafogo
1999 Internacional
1999 Santos
1999–2000 Cruzeiro
2000 Vitória Guimarães
2001 Alianza Lima
2001 Botafogo
2002 Sporting Cristal
2003–2005 Peru
2005 São Paulo
2006 Kashima Antlers
2007 Cruzeiro
2007–2009 Al-Rayyan
2009 Grêmio
2009–2011 Al-Rayyan
2011–2012 Qatar Olympic
2012–2013 Qatar
2013 Vasco da Gama
2013 São Paulo
2014 Atlético Mineiro
2015 Cerezo Osaka
2016–2017 Atlético Paranaense
2018 Ludogorets Razgrad
2019 Atlético Nacional
2020 Botafogo
2020–2021 Athletico Paranaense
2021 Athletico Paranaense (interim)

Paulo Autuori de Mello (born 25 August 1956), known as Paulo Autuori, is a Brazilian football executive and former manager who is the current technical director of Inter.

Early life

A football fan since early childhood and a futsal player, Paulo Autuori had to give up his dream of becoming a professional footballer after contracting poliomyelitis in his teens. The disease left him with an atrophied leg and a permanent limp on his walk, which prevented him from playing. However, he did not give up his dream of being part of the footballing world, and decided to learn other aspects of the game. Autuori worked as a physical coach for clubs such as Portuguesa (RJ), and Nacional in Portugal. At Nacional, Paulo Autuori was promoted to manager of the main team, and has enjoyed a successful coaching career ever since.[1]

Autuori graduated in Physical Education at Universidade Castelo Branco; and attended a Sport Admninstration course at PUC-RJ and a Soccer Coach Course at UERJ.

Managing career

Autuori coached some teams from Portugal: Nacional, Vitória de Guimarães, Marítimo and Benfica; from Brazil: Portuguesa do Rio, Botafogo, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Internacional, Santos and São Paulo; and from Peru: Alianza Lima, Sporting Cristal and the Peru national team.[2]

Towards the end of April 2005, just before quitting Peru, he was hired by São Paulo FC to replace Émerson Leão, who had just gone to Japan. In that year, he won the Copa Libertadores 2005 and the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship.[3]

On 29 December 2005, he resigned São Paulo to sign with Kashima Antlers, from Japan. At the end of 2006 he announced his new club as Cruzeiro, this was his third time at the club.[4]

On 12 November 2009, Paulo Autuori has decided to leave Grêmio, after have reached an agreement with the club. Grêmio decided to let free the manager, because they can't win the championship title.[5]

On 21 November 2009, Qatar League side Al Rayyan have replaced Brazilian coach Marcus Paqueta with his compatriot Paulo Autuori. The latter only left the club six months ago to join Gremio in his homeland, but has made a swift return after signing a three-year contract.[6]

Paulo Autuori became the coach of the Qatar Olympic team on 27 August 2011. He replaced Frenchman Bernard Simondi. His first assignment was to lead the team during the 2012 London Olympics Qualification stage.[7]

On 20 February 2012 The 55-year-old Brazilian became the fourth manager of the Qatar national team in the previous year, but is full of confidence they can progress towards the 2014 World Cup. [1] He was fired on 15 January 2013 after his team failed to progress in 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations.

After being dismissed from Vasco da Gama, on 10 July 2013, Autuori signed with São Paulo. In 2005, as coach for Tricolor, he won two important titles: Copa Libertadores 2005 and 2005 FIFA Club World Championship. This time, however, Autuori is arriving in São Paulo to solve a crisis, the club losing its five last games.[8]

On the following day, Autuori was introduced as the new coach despite the preference of many fans, who wanted Muricy Ramalho's return. The new coach of São Paulo said that, if the choice were his he would have signed Ramalho who Autuori considered a "winner". Autuori affirmed that he felt "a lot of satisfaction to return to this glorious institution, with big aims." The former vascaíno coach said that "I have not come to be loved; I have come to be champion."[9]

Even in a middle of a crisis, Autuori has improved the ambient in São Paulo, a bad one in comparison to period that Ney Franco was the coach. Lúcio's removal from staff, according some people of club, was essential for this.[10]

On 9 September 2013, Autuori was fired after a 2–0 loss against Coritiba, a result that kept the club in relegation zone of Brazilian League. In a report from the official site of club, there is a praising about his work. His substitute was Muricy Ramalho, who also replaced him in 2006 in club from Morumbi Stadium.[11]

On 5 June 2018 Autuori was announced as the new Director of football in the Bulgarian champion Ludogorets Razgrad, but on the next day he was presented as the new manager of the team, since Dimitar Dimitrov wanted to leave the club.[12] He stepped down from his position in October 2018, citing personal reasons.[13]

Managerial statistics


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kashima Antlers 2006 2006 34 18 4 12 052.94
Cerezo Osaka 2015 2015 41 17 13 11 041.46
Total 75 35 17 23 046.67


Alianza Lima
Sporting Cristal
São Paulo
Al Rayyan
Atlético Paranaense
Ludogorets Razgrad


  1. ^ "Paulo Autuori - Que fim levou?".
  2. ^ "Paulo Autuori".
  3. ^ Profile on Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ – Paulo Autuori: ein unermüdlicher Trophäensammler
  5. ^ "Paulo Autuori já está fora do Grêmio". ZH 2014.
  6. ^ " > Futebol Internacional - NOTÍCIAS - Paulo Autuori pede demissão no intervalo de jogo e deixa clube no Qatar".
  7. ^ "Autuori is new coach of Qatar Olympic team - Doha Stadium Plus". Archived from the original on 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  8. ^ "Interino do São Paulo confirma Paulo Autuori".
  9. ^ ""Não vim para ser amado", diz Autuori, que votaria em Muricy". Gazetaesportiva.Net.
  10. ^ "Mesmo em crise, Autuori cria clima bom no SP e agrada elenco".
  11. ^ "São Paulo Futebol Clube".
  12. ^ Официално: Херо напусна Лудогорец, "орлите" обявиха неговия заместник (видео)
  13. ^ "Пауло Аутуори приключи с Лудогорец!". 9 October 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  14. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)