Nuno Valente

Nuno Jorge Pereira da Silva Valente, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈnunu vɐˈlẽt(ɨ)]; born 12 September 1974) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a left back, and later a manager.

Nuno Valente
Personal information
Full name Nuno Jorge Pereira da Silva Valente
Date of birth (1974-09-12) 12 September 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
1985–1989 Sporting CP
1989–1990 Vitória Lisboa
1990–1993 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Sporting CP 36 (1)
1993–1994Portimonense (loan) 26 (1)
1996–1997Marítimo (loan) 30 (0)
1999–2002 União Leiria 87 (2)
2002–2005 Porto 56 (0)
2005–2009 Everton 45 (0)
Total 280 (4)
National team
1993 Portugal U18 1 (0)
1995 Portugal U21 1 (0)
2002–2008 Portugal 33 (1)
Teams managed
2017 Trofense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played professionally in Portugal and England for Sporting, Portimonense, Marítimo, União de Leiria, Porto and Everton.

Valente represented Portugal at international level, participating at Euro 2004 (where he was a runner-up) and the 2006 World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Early years and PortoEdit

Born in Lisbon, Valente began his career at second division club Portimonense SC, loaned by hometown's Sporting CP. However, he found first-team chances limited at the former side and, despite success in helping win the Portuguese Cup in 1995, he was loaned for the 1996–97 season to C.S. Marítimo also in the Primeira Liga.

A young José Mourinho recognized Valente's talent and brought him to U.D. Leiria in the summer of 1999, and he spent three years there always as an undisputed starter. In 2002, when the manager left to join FC Porto, he and teammate Derlei were the first signings, and the former repaid the coach's faith with some good displays as the northerners romped to victory in the national championship and won the UEFA Cup against Celtic (3–2).[1][2]

The following campaign, Valente helped his club to Portuguese and Champions League wins,[3] with the defender appearing in 11 games during the latter competition's run, ten of those complete. At the season's closure, he renewed his contract until 2007.[4]

After Mourinho signed for Chelsea, Valente picked up a succession of injuries.[5][6] He only played eight matches in the entire domestic league, but returned in time to face Inter Milan in the Champions League round of 16, not being able to prevent his team losing 2–4 on aggregate.[7]


After another poor year, which included an ultimatum by Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa that ordered him to choose between club or national team, eventually leading to a suspension,[8] on 28 August 2005 Valente moved to Everton on a three-year deal worth €2.2 million,[9] under recommendation of mentor Mourinho,[10] after the English had lost regular left-back Alessandro Pistone to injury. He took a while to adapt to the hectic pace of the Premier League, but became a regular from then on – in 2005–06 and 2006–07 he was considered first-choice, but faced stiff competition from Gary Naysmith; in February 2007, the Merseyside club took the option of a one-year extension to his contract, tying him until June of the following year.[11]

In early May 2008, Valente signed another one-year link,[12] but he eventually fell down the pecking order at the Toffees, usually backing Leighton Baines. Furthermore, with centre back Joleon Lescott also being able to play the position[13] and with Valente also suffering from injury problems, he received little playing time during 2008–09, being released on 12 June 2009[14] and choosing to retire from playing after appearing in 60 competitive games in four seasons.[15]

Upon his retirement, Valente was appointed Everton's official scout in Portugal.[16] After one year, he returned to main club Sporting and joined Paulo Sérgio's coaching staff.[17]


Valente kickstarted his coaching career on 11 October 2017, replacing Fernando Mira at the helm of C.D. Trofense in the Portuguese third division.[18] Less than two months later, after six official matches and five losses, he was fired. Nuno Valente![19]

International careerEdit

A full Portugal international since after the 2002 FIFA World Cup,[20] Valente was first-choice for the national side during the runner-up campaign at UEFA Euro 2004, played in home soil. During 2005 he suffered a thigh strain, but recovered in time to play in the 2006 World Cup,[21] again playing a key part in their eventual fourth-place finish; in the quarter-final match against England he appeared to handball a David Beckham cross, but Horacio Elizondo did not to award a penalty and his team eventually advanced after a shootout.[22]

After playing only once during the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Valente retired from international football in September 2008.[23]

Career statisticsEdit


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[24][25]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portimonense (loan) 1993–94 Segunda Liga 26 1
Sporting 1994–95 Primeira Liga 9 0
1995–96 9 0
1997–98 6 0
1998–99 12 1
Total 36 1
Marítimo (loan) 1996–97 Primeira Liga 30 0
União Leiria 1999–00 Primeira Liga 28 0
2000–01 31 2
2001–02 28 0
Total 87 2
Porto 2002–03 Primeira Liga 21 0
2003–04 27 0
2004–05 8 0
Total 56 0
Everton 2005–06 Premier League 20 0
2006–07 14 0
2007–08 9 0
2008–09 2 0
Total 45 0
Career total 280 4

International goalsEdit

Nuno Valente: International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2004 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal   Italy 1–0 1–2 Friendly[26]









  1. ^ "Porto end Celtic's Uefa dream". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Uefa Cup final player ratings". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Porto conquista a Europa" [Porto conquer Europe] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ Nuno Valente stays on; UEFA, 31 August 2004
  5. ^ Porto lose Nuno Valente; UEFA, 8 September 2004
  6. ^ No easy fix for Nuno Valente; UEFA, 19 November 2004
  7. ^ "Adriano treble topples holders". UEFA. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Pré-acordo por Nuno Valente satisfaz todas as partes" [Pre-agreement for Nuno Valente pleases all the parties] (in Portuguese). Record. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  9. ^ Nuno Valente opts for Everton; UEFA, 28 August 2005
  10. ^ "Mourinho urged Valente to Everton". BBC Sport. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  11. ^ Blues trigger Nuno contract extension; Everton FC, 15 February 2007
  12. ^ Nuno Valente set to sign new Everton contract; Liverpool Daily Post, 6 May 2008
  13. ^ "Lescott happy to come to rescue as Blues injury crisis deepens". North Wales Daily Post. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Everton trio end Goodison spells". BBC Sport. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Inglaterra: Everton dispensa português Nuno Valente" [England: Everton release Portuguese Nuno Valente] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  16. ^ Everton’s Nuno Valente sends out warning to Benfica; PortuGOAL, 4 November 2009
  17. ^ "Nuno Valente adjunto de Paulo Sérgio" [Nuno Valente assistant to Paulo Sérgio] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Campeonato de Portugal: Nuno Valente é o novo treinador do Trofense" [Portugal Championship: Nuno Valente is the new manager of Trofense] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Trofense despede Nuno Valente" [Trofense fire Nuno Valente] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Sílvio é o 14.º a estrear-se com Agostinho Oliveira" [Sílvio is debutant number 14 with Agostinho Oliveira] (in Portuguese). Record. 7 September 2010. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  21. ^ "No surprises in Portuguese squad". BBC Sport. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  22. ^ "England 0–0 Portugal". BBC Sport. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. ^ Nuno Valente quits Portugal stage; UEFA, 22 September 2008
  24. ^ Nuno Valente at ForaDeJogo  
  25. ^ "Nuno Valente". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Portugal com os mesmos ais" [Portugal with the same aches] (in Portuguese). Público. 1 April 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  27. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.

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