|1982/....||Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa||1934/36||Eduardo Dumont Villares|
|1972/82||Américo de Sá||1932/34||Sebastião Ferreira Mendes|
|1967/72||Afonso Pinto de Magalhães||1931/32||António Figueiredo e Melo|
|1965/67||Cesário Bonito||1930/31||Eduardo Dumont Villares|
|1961/65||José Maria do Nascimento Cordeiro||1929/30||Augusto Fernando Sequeira|
|1959/61||Luís Ferreira Alves||1928/29||Urgel Horta|
|1957/59||Paulo Pombo de Carvalho||1927/28||Sebastião Ferreira Mendes|
|1955/57||Cesário Bonito||1926/27||Afonso Themudo|
|1954/55||José Carvalho Moreira de Sousa||1923/26||Domingos d'Almeida Soares|
|1951/54||Urgel Horta||1923||Sebastião Ferreira Mendes|
|1950/51||Júlio Ribeiro Campos||1922/23||Eurico Brites|
|1948/50||Miguel Pereira||1920/22||António Cardoso Pinto de Faria|
|1948||Júlio Ribeiro Campos||1917/20||Henrique Mesquita|
|1945/48||Cesário Bonito||1916/17||António Martins Ribeiro|
|1944/45||Luís Ferreira Alves||1914/16||António Borges d'Avellar|
|1941/44||José Sousa Barcelos||1912/14||Joaquim Pereira da Silva|
|1940/41||Augusto Pires de Lima||1911/12||Guilherme do Carmo Pacheco|
|1938/40||Ângelo César||1911||Júlio Garcez de Lencastre|
|1936/38||Carlos Teixeira da Costa Júnior||1907/11||José Monteiro da Costa|
|1893||António Nicolau d'Almeida|
Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa
At six in the morning, on December 28, 1937, in the parish of Cedofeita, the heart of Porto, the fourth of six sons of José Alexandrino Teixeira da Costa and Maria Elisa Pinto was born: Jorge Nuno de Lima Pinto da Costa.
Despite coming from a wealthy family with strong cultural traditions, where football didn’t have much room to bloom, soon he came into contact with the sport thanks to his uncle, Armando Pinto, a fan of FC Porto, and the one who took him to his first match, at Campo da Constituição. Unsuccessfully, it should be said, as the young Jorge Nuno was drowned by other fans standing up, and was only capable of watching the attacks that ended up with the ball in the stands. Fascinated by the show, he was later able to properly watch a classic, FC Porto-Sporting, that ended in a victory for the white and blues, 1-0.
He became the associate number 26,636 of the white and blues, and, by the time he finished the seventh grade (currently the 12th), at the Liceu Almeida Garrett, he was already working for the roller hockey section, thanks to the then chairman Afonso Pinto de Magalhães. Pinto da Costa reorganized the section in just a few years, saved the Boxing from extinction and helped other amateur sports, of which he became director, being praised for his extraordinary pro-activeness.
In 1976, at the invite of Américo de Sá, Pinto da Costa arrived at the department of football, and, in 1978, FC Porto won the National Championship once again, 19 years after the last title. The previous year had already been special due to the victory in the Portuguese Cup, and the next would have the second title in a row. Still, four years later, disagreements arose with Américo de Sá, in the summer of 1980, and Jorge Nuno decided to step away from the club. The difficulties that came after that led to a fan movement, with Armando Pimentel, Álvaro Pinto and Neca Couto leading it, that invited Pinto da Costa to be involved and assume a candidacy to chairman of FC Porto.
Believing he would be invited to resume his role as director of football, the now chairman hesitated, but his decision was made final after talking to his mother, who, much to his surprise, enticed him to take the challenge. Thus, on April 17, 1982, the list headed by Fernando Sardoeira Pinto (General Meeting), Pinto da Costa (board of directors) and Manuel Borges (general council) was elected with over 95% of the votes, in the elections with the biggest participation until then. A new cycle started for the club.
Two years later, FC Porto achieved the first European final, lost to a powerful Juventus, along with a controversial refereeing. One of the promises of the new direction was fulfilled, but the biggest dream became reality in 1987, in Vienna, with the victory over the Cup of European Club Champions, against the super-favorite Bayern Munich. Kings in Europe, the Dragons then became Masters of the World, as they won the Intercontinental Cup a few months later, in Tokyo, against Peñarol.
The 1990s came and brought more victories. In football, the first ever third championship in a row, followed by the fourth and finally the never before seen fifth, in 1998/99. It was an historic season, as handball, 31 years after the last victory, allowed the chairman to celebrate one of the few titles missing in his résumé, which also includes victories in roller-hockey and basketball, the other two most known sports.
The century turned, but success continued. First, the 2003 UEFA Cup, in Seville; the next year, the UEFA Champions League, in Gelsenkirchen. Victories kept coming with another four championships in a row in Portugal, before another European success, with the victory over the Europa League, in the final in Dublin, in 2011, closing one of the best seasons ever, with a championship won without defeats and confirmed in Estádio da Luz… in the dark.
Titles, many titles, make Pinto da Costa the most successful chairman in the world: two Champions Cup/Champions League, two Intercontinental Cups, two UEFA Cup/Europa League, one European Supercup, 20 nationals Championships, 12 Portuguese Cups, and 20 Portuguese Supercups. And that’s football alone, as there are many other titles in roller-hockey, basketball, handball, billiards, swimming, and also volleyball, athletics, boxing and cycling.
The 35 years at the helm of the club are also tied to many unique and symbolic achievements: the lowering of Estádio das Antas, the building of Estádio do Dragão, Dragão Caixa and the Museum are just a few of the most relevant. Unique, without a doubt.