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Born: Braga, 1965 (Age 49) Play­ing Ca­reer: A cen­tre-back, Car­val­hal be­gan his ca­reer with home­town club SC Braga, mak­ing his de­but at 17 and play­ing in the 1984-85 UEFA Cup against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Tot­ten­ham (a tie they lost 9-0 on ag­gre­gate). Af­ter a sea­son at Chaves, he re­turned to be­come a main­stay in the side, play­ing 60 top-flight games and earn­ing a move to Por­tuguese giants Porto in 1988. Un­able to break into the Porto side, Car­val­hal played 23 times for Beira-Mar be­fore re­turn­ing for a third spell at Braga in 1990. He then dropped down the di­vi­sions, spend­ing one sea­son at Tirsense, two at Chaves and three at Espinho be­fore re­tir­ing in 1998, aged 32. Car­val­hal also made nine ap­pear­ances for Por­tu­gal Un­der-21s. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Ap­pointed man­ager of Espinho on his re­tire­ment, Car­val­hal com­bined his stud­ies with stints at Aves and Frea­munde be­fore join­ing third di­vi­sion Leixoes in 2001. An im­me­di­ate suc­cess, he led the club to the fi­nal of the Por­tuguese Cup, pro­mo­tion to the sec­ond di­vi­sion and the first round of the UEFA Cup be­fore leav­ing to join Vi­to­ria Se­tubal in 2003. Pro­moted to the top-flight in his one and only sea­son at Vi­to­ria, Car­val­hal then spent sin­gle-sea­sons with Be­le­nenses, Braga and Beira-Mar be­fore re­turn­ing to Se­tubal in 2007, yet again work­ing his man­age­rial magic by clinch­ing the inau­gu­ral League Cup. Spells at Greek side Tripo­lis and Mar­itimo were then fol­lowed by a big move to Sport­ing Lis­bon as in­terim man­ager in 2009, but a fourth-place fin­ish scup­pered any chance of a per­ma­nent post. A year-long stay at Be­sik­tas ended in 2012 and, af­ter stints in the UAE and coach­ing Por­tu­gal’s Un­der-21s, Car­val­hal was named Owls boss on June 30.

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