Beto (footballer, born May 1976)
Beto in 2012
|Full name||Roberto Luís Gaspar de Deus Severo|
|Date of birth||3 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1994–1995||→ União Lamas (loan)||21||(0)|
|1995–1996||→ Campomaiorense (loan)||18||(1)|
|* 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.
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.
After falling out with Sporting coach Paulo Bento in January 2006, Beto signed for Ligue 1's FC Girondins de Bordeaux for €1 million, 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), he only played three times in his last due to recurrent physical problems, as Recreativo eventually ranked last.
After terminating his contract with Recreativo, 33-year-old Beto signed for one year with C.F. Os Belenenses, in August 2009. 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, 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.
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) – and both the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships.
|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|
- Beto: «Importante foi a atitude da equipa» (Beto: «The attitude of the team was the most important»)); Record, 30 April 2001 (in Portuguese)
- Bordeaux bring in Beto; UEFA, 23 January 2006
- El Recreativo de Huelva confirma el fichaje del portugués 'Beto' (Recreativo de Huelva confirm signing of Portuguese 'Beto'); Diario AS, 1 July 2007 (in Spanish)
- El portugués Beto se resiente de su lesión de pubis y es baja ante el Villarreal (Portuguese Beto relapses from pubis injury and is not an option against Villarreal); Diario AS, 29 November 2008 (in Spanish)
- Beto deja de ser jugador del Recreativo (Beto is no longer a Recreativo player); Marca, 21 August 2009 (in Spanish)
- Official: Beto signs for Belenenses Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine; PortuGOAL, 21 August 2009
- Ettien, Escudero, Beto, Lourenço y Tuiquinho [sic] ya están en la UD Alzira (Ettien, Escudero, Beto, Lourenço and Tiquinho are already in UD Alzira); Las Provincias, 28 January 2011 (in Spanish)
- Beto: «Objetivo é estar na final e vencer a taça» (Beto: «Our goal is to be in the final and win cup») Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Record, 28 December 2011 (in Portuguese)
- USA stun Portugal; BBC Sport, 5 June 2002