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Roberto Luís Gaspar de Deus Severo, OIH (born 3 May 1976), known as Beto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɛtu]), is a retired Portuguese footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

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Beto in 2012
Personal information
Full name Roberto Luís Gaspar de Deus Severo
Date of birth (1976-05-03) 3 May 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1987–1988 CAC Pontinha
1988–1994 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2006 Sporting CP 241 (21)
1994–1995União Lamas (loan) 21 (0)
1995–1996Campomaiorense (loan) 18 (1)
2006 Bordeaux 4 (0)
2006–2009 Recreativo 51 (4)
2009–2010 Belenenses 10 (0)
2011 Alzira 0 (0)
Total 345 (26)
National team
1996–1998 Portugal U21 13 (2)
1997–2004 Portugal 31 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played most of his professional career with Sporting (ten seasons, more than 300 official games and five major titles), but also had spells in France and Spain, which included spending three years with Recreativo de Huelva.

Beto represented the Portuguese national team at the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships, gaining 31 caps.

Club careerEdit


A product of Primeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Portugal, Lisbon-born Beto established himself in the first team in the 1996–97 season at the age of just 20, after two loans. As a defensive force and captain he scored some important goals, including against FC Porto, but also two own goals in a single match against rivals S.L. Benfica, a 1–2 home loss.[1]

Beto won the national league twice, in 2000 and 2002, conquering the double in the latter year. During his ten-year spell with the Lions, he managed to net at least one goal in every season.


After falling out with Sporting coach Paulo Bento in January 2006, Beto signed for Ligue 1's FC Girondins de Bordeaux for 1 million,[2] but appeared sparingly for the French during his five-month stay. On the last day of the summer transfer window of the same year, he was sent on loan to La Liga returnee Recreativo de Huelva.

On 1 July 2007, Beto signed a three-year permanent deal with the Andalusia club. After two solid first campaigns (netting twice in each, and partnering compatriots Carlos Martins and Silvestre Varela in 2007–08[3]), he only played three times in his last due to recurrent physical problems,[4] as Recreativo eventually ranked last.


After terminating his contract with Recreativo,[5] 33-year-old Beto signed for one year with C.F. Os Belenenses, in August 2009.[6] As in latest years, his first season was blighted by constant injuries, and the capital side was also relegated.

In late January 2011, aged almost 35, Beto returned to Spain and signed a short-term deal with UD Alzira in the third division. He reunited at the club with former Sporting teammate Luís Lourenço,[7] and both were released in June after the team's relegation, having appeared in a total of three games combined.

Beto returned to main club Sporting in August 2011, being appointed external public relations director.[8]

International careerEdit

Beto made his Portugal debut on 6 September 1997, in a 1–1 draw against Germany for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Berlin. He was subsequently part of the nation's squads at the 2002 World Cup – where he scored against the United States, as the national team lost 2–3 and exited in the group stage (he played that competition as a right back)[9] – and both the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships.

Beto: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2000 Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal   Lithuania 4–1 5–1 Friendly
2 5 June 2002 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea   United States 1–3 2–3 2002 FIFA World Cup



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