António Fonseca

António Manuel Tavares "Tony" Fonseca (born 30 January 1965) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left back, and is a technical director for the Canadian Soccer Association.

António Fonseca
Personal information
Full name António Manuel Tavares Fonseca
Date of birth (1965-01-30) 30 January 1965
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1978–1979 SL Olivais
1979–1980 Sporting CP
1980–1981 Oriental
1981–1982 Torralta
1982–1983 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Cova Piedade
1984–1985 Alcobaça
1985–1987 Tirsense
1987–1990 Benfica 39 (1)
1990–1992 Vitória Guimarães 32 (0)
1992–1999 Estrela Amadora 160 (2)
1999–2001 Vancouver Whitecaps 15 (0)
Total 246 (3)
National team
1989–1990 Portugal 4 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Vancouver Whitecaps
2007–2012 Canada (assistant)
2009–2012 Canada U23
2013 Canada (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

During 11 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 199 games and two goals, representing in the competition Benfica, Vitória de Guimarães and Estrela da Amadora. He finished his career in Canada, where he started working as a manager in 1999.

Club career

Born in Lisbon, Fonseca played youth football for five clubs, finishing his grooming at local S.L. Benfica. From 1983 to 1987 he competed in the Segunda Liga, after which the former bought him from F.C. Tirsense.

During his three-year tenure with Benfica, Fonseca was first-choice in the 1988–89 campaign as the team won the Primeira Liga championship and also reached the final of the Taça de Portugal, but played second-fiddle to Álvaro Magalhães and Samuel Quina in the other two.[1][2] In eight of the following nine seasons he continued to play in the top flight, with Vitória S.C. and C.F. Estrela da Amadora, appearing regularly for both sides and reuniting at the latter with former Benfica teammates Edmundo, José Carlos, Fernando Mendes and Paulinho.[3]

Fonseca retired from football in 2000 at the age of 35, after two years with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the USL A-League, with whom he later worked as a manager.[4]

International career

Fonseca earned four caps for Portugal, over one year. He made his debut on 29 March 1989, playing the entirety of a 6–0 friendly win over Angola with marked the 75th anniversary of the Portuguese Football Federation.

During five years, Fonseca served as assistant to Stephen Hart and Dale Mitchell at the Canadian national team, while also being in charge of the under-23s. Already as a technical director for the Canadian Soccer Association,[5] he acted as interim for the full side following the departure of Colin Miller,[6] who later replaced him after two friendlies.[7]


  1. Tovar 2012, p. 491.
  2. Tovar 2012, p. 498.
  3. "Fonseca" (in Portuguese). Glórias do Passado. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. "Whitecaps FC appoint Carl Robinson as head coach". Vancouver Whitecaps. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. "Canada Soccer announces Fonseca as new technical director". Canada Soccer. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. "Tony Fonseca ready to lead Canada in men's soccer friendlies". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. "Canadian men's soccer team drops hard-fought friendly". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2015.


  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica [Benfica Almanac]. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
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