Vasco Miguel Lopes de Matos (born 10 October 1980) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a winger, and the current manager of Casa Pia AC.
He spent most of his career in his country's second tier, making 272 appearances and scoring 14 goals for six clubs. In Primeira Liga, he played 21 games and scored three times for Vitória Setúbal and Beira-Mar.
== Playing career ==
Born in Brandoa in Amadora, Lisbon District, Matos began playing at C.F. Estrela da Amadora at the age of eight before choosing Sporting CP over S.L. Benfica four years later. He never made a first-team appearance for the Lions, instead playing for farm team Sporting Clube Lourinhanense and the reserve team in the third division.In 2001, Matos was loaned to S.C. Campomaiorense of the second tier for his first professional experience, and the club's last season at that level. He left for Vitória de Setúbal where he would make his Primeira Liga debut in 2002–03, albeit in a relegated season; the following year he played in a cash-strapped F.C. Felgueiras team where he went for five months without pay.After representing S.C. Olhanense and S.C. Beira-Mar – the latter being relegated from the top-flight in 2006–07 – Matos had his only experience abroad in February 2008, with FC Rapid București in Romania's Liga I. That 15 August, he returned to his country's second tier with Portimonense S.C. on a two-year deal.Matos played four seasons with C.D. Aves again in the second tier, and one each at third division Sport Benfica e Castelo Branco and U.D. Vilafranquense of the Lisbon FA's first district league before retiring in 2016.
== Managerial career ==
Matos assisted Filipe Coelho at Vilafranquense, and became manager of the third-tier team in December 2017 when the latter moved abroad. He debuted on 10 December with a 2–0 win at G.D. Loures, and finished the season as runners-up to C.D. Mafra before elimination in the play-off semi-finals by S.C. Farense (4–1 aggregate).On 6 March 2019, Matos was replaced in his job by Filipe Moreira. Three months later, he was appointed at nearby F.C. Alverca in the same league. On 17 October, he led the team to a 2–0 home win over Sporting in the third round of the Taça de Portugal, only the second time that they had been eliminated by a third-tier club. He left by mutual consent on 27 December.Matos returned to the game on 5 July 2020 at Casa Pia AC, who had been kept in the second tier on a court decision.
== References ==
== External links ==
Vasco Matos at ForaDeJogo
Vasco Matos at Soccerway
Vasco Matos at WorldFootball.net
Vasco Matos at FootballDatabase.eu
Portugal national team data (in Portuguese)