Beto (footballer, born May 1976)

Roberto Luís Gaspar de Deus Severo OIH (born 3 May 1976), known as Beto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɛtu]), is a Portuguese former professional 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 46)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
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)
2006–2007 Bordeaux 4 (0)
2006–2007Recreativo (loan) 25 (2)
2007–2009 Recreativo 26 (2)
2009–2010 Belenenses 10 (0)
2011 Alzira 0 (0)
Total 345 (26)
International career
1996–1998 Portugal U21 13 (2)
1997–2004 Portugal 31 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He played most of his professional career with Sporting CP (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 Portugal national team at the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships, winning 31 caps.

Club careerEdit

Sporting CPEdit

A product of Primeira Liga club Sporting CP, 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 the latter year. During his ten-year spell with the Lions, he managed to net at least once in every season.


After falling out with Sporting coach Paulo Bento in January 2006, Beto signed for Ligue 1 club 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.[3] After two solid first campaigns (netting twice in each, and partnering compatriots Carlos Martins and Silvestre Varela in 2007–08),[4][5][6][7][8] he only played three matches in his last due to recurrent physical problems,[9] as Recreativo eventually ranked last.


After terminating his contract with Recreativo,[10] 33-year-old Beto signed for one year with C.F. Os Belenenses, in August 2009.[11] 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,[12] and both were released in June after the team's relegation, having appeared in a combined total of three games.

Beto returned to main club Sporting in August 2011, being appointed external public relations director[13] and quitting his post two years later.[14]

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 3–2 and exited in the group stage (he played that competition as a right-back)[15][16]– and both the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships.

Career statisticsEdit

Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Beto goal.
List of international goals scored by Beto
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2000 Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal   Lithuania 4–1 5–1 Friendly[17]
2 5 June 2002 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea   United States 1–3 2–3 2002 FIFA World Cup[15]


Sporting CP




  1. ^ Beto: «Importante foi a atitude da equipa» (Beto: "The attitude of the team was the most important"); Record, 30 April 2001 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Bordeaux bring in Beto; UEFA, 23 January 2006
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ El Racing s'imposa al Recreativo en un festival de gols al Sardinero (4–3) (Racing best Recreativo in goal festival at Sardinero (4–3)); Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals, 27 November 2006 (in Catalan)
  5. ^ El Recre hunde un poquito más a la Real Sociedad (1–0) (Recre sink Real Sociedad a little more (1–0)); 20 minutos, 18 February 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Espanha: portugueses do Recreativo Huelva têm novo treinador (Recreativo Huelva's Portuguese already have a new manager)); Mais Futebol, 4 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ El Sevilla, con dos goles de Luis Fabiano, hunde al Recreativo (Sevilla, with two goals from Luis Fabiano, sink Recreativo); La Nueva España, 4 February 2008 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Deportivo cae en Huelva ante un rival con diez jugadores durante 40 minutos (Deportivo fall in Huelva against opposition with ten players for 40 minutes); La Voz de Galicia, 17 February 2008 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Beto deja de ser jugador del Recreativo (Beto is no longer a Recreativo player); Marca, 21 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Official: Beto signs for Belenenses Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine; PortuGOAL, 21 August 2009
  12. ^ 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)
  13. ^ Beto: «Objetivo é estar na final e vencer a taça» (Beto: "The goal is to be in the final and win cup"); Record, 28 December 2011 (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Beto abandona cargo de diretor de Relações Públicas e Internacionais (Beto leaves post of head of Public and International Relations); SAPO, 24 June 2013 (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ a b USA stun Portugal; BBC Sport, 5 June 2002
  16. ^ 2002, Coreia do Sul-Portugal. Um soco violento no Park (2002, South Korea-Portugal. A violent jab in the Park); i, 13 June 2014 (in Portuguese)
  17. ^ Portugal-Lituânia, 5–1 (crónica) (Portugal-Lithuania, 5–1 (match report)); TVI 24, 16 August 2000 (in Portuguese)

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