Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈbẽtu]; born 20 June 1969) is a Portuguese retired footballer, and the current manager of the South Korea national team.

Paulo Bento
Paulo Bento managing South Korea at 2019 AFC Asian Cup.jpg
Bento coaching South Korea at the 2019 Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento[1]
Date of birth (1969-06-20) 20 June 1969 (age 52)[1]
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal[1]
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
South Korea (manager)
Youth career
1982–1987 Académico Alvalade
1987–1988 Palmense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Futebol Benfica 20 (2)
1989–1991 Estrela Amadora 37 (0)
1991–1994 Vitória Guimarães 95 (13)
1994–1996 Benfica 49 (2)
1996–2000 Oviedo 136 (4)
2000–2004 Sporting CP 92 (2)
Total 429 (23)
National team
1992–2002 Portugal 35 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Sporting CP (juniors)
2005–2009 Sporting CP
2010–2014 Portugal
2016 Cruzeiro
2016–2017 Olympiacos
2017–2018 Chongqing Lifan
2018– South Korea
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Portugal (as player)
UEFA European Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2000
Representing  South Korea (as manager)
EAFF Championship
Winner 2019
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A defensive midfielder with tackling ability and workrate as his main assets,[2] he played for two of the major three teams in his country, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 284 matches and 16 goals over 11 seasons, and also spent four years in Spain. He represented the Portuguese national team in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2000.

Bento took up a coaching career in 2005, managing Sporting CP for four years and four months, with relative success, and also being in charge of the national team in two major tournaments.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Lisbon, Bento played professionally in his homeland for C.F. Estrela da Amadora, Vitória de Guimarães and S.L. Benfica, and had a four-year abroad spell with Real Oviedo,[3] helping the Spanish club always retain its La Liga status before moving to Sporting CP, where he finished his career as a player.[4] With the latter, he was part of the star-studded team that achieved the double in 2002 under the direction of Laszlo Bölöni,[5] contributing 31 games and one goal in the Primeira Liga and playing alongside Mário Jardel and João Vieira Pinto among others.[6]

Bento earned 35 caps for the Portugal national team,[7] his first game coming on 15 January 1992 in a 0–0 draw with Spain and his last being the 0–1 loss to South Korea on 14 June 2002 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He also played at UEFA Euro 2000 where, along with teammates Abel Xavier – who played with him at Oviedo for two seasons – and Nuno Gomes, he was suspended (in Bento's case for five months) due to bad behaviour, during the semi-final defeat against France.[8]

Coaching careerEdit

Sporting CPEdit

After an emotional 2004 retirement, aged 35, Bento got the job of Sporting's youth team coach. He won the junior championship in 2005, and developed a base to the future. After the sacking of José Peseiro midway through 2005–06 season, he was promoted to first-team duties in spite of being relatively inexperienced.[9]

Despite a slow start, Bento managed an impressive turnaround of Sporting's fortunes in the second half of the campaign, as a series of ten consecutive wins placed them within distance of leaders and eventual league champions FC Porto, as the former went on to rank second in that and the following seasons, achieving direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League.[10] He was responsible for bringing youth products Nani, João Moutinho and Miguel Veloso into the spotlight.[11]

Bento signed a new two-year contract in June 2007.[12] His side had a turbulent pre-season in preparation for 2007–08, with defense mainstays Rodrigo Tello and Marco Caneira leaving the club while Portuguese international goalkeeper Ricardo was sold to Real Betis. With little resources to invest, the club brought Eastern promises – Marat Izmailov, Vladimir Stojković and Simon Vukčević – aboard.

After a very irregular season, Bento managed to lead the team to an unprecedented third consecutive qualification for the Champions League, with another second-place finish in spite of spending most of the year below third, pipping Guimarães and Benfica in the final matchday. He also retained the Taça de Portugal, beating Porto in the final (2–0 after extra time)[13] after knocking-out eternal rivals Benfica in the last-four stage with a 5–3 win.[14]

Bento's team broke a number of long-standing club records, including the first season without home defeats since 1987, the first capture of back-to-back Portuguese cups since 1974 and the first time since 1962 that Sporting finished three consecutive campaigns in the top two league positions. At the age of 38, he also became only the sixth manager in the history of Portuguese football to win back-to-back Portuguese cups, alongside the likes of János Biri, John Mortimore or José Maria Pedroto.[15]

On 15 July 2008, The Sun and The Daily Telegraph reported that Manchester United were planning to hire Bento (reportedly Cristiano Ronaldo's friend and former teammate) as manager Alex Ferguson's new assistant after the departure of previous number two Carlos Queiroz to manage the Portuguese national team.[16] He quickly denied any speculation, and reaffirmed his intention to stay put.[17]

On 16 August 2008, Bento managed Sporting to a 2–0 victory in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira over champions Porto, at the opening of the new season.[18] One of the players that were kept in the team despite heavy criticism, Rui Patrício, was a key element and saved a penalty from Lucho González during the second half;[19] this win raised the manager's tally in cup finals against counterpart Jesualdo Ferreira to 3–0 (2007 and 2008 Supercups, and the 2008 Portuguese Cup),[20] and it also marked the first ever capture of back-to-back Portuguese Supercups in the Lions' history.[21]

 
Bento as Sporting CP manager in 2009

Already the second-most successful coach in the history of the club in terms of trophies won, only surpassed by József Szabó, Bento gained the nickname "Cup-Eater" as a consequence of the four pieces of silverware added to the Estádio José Alvalade cabinet under his command.[22] He led his team to a 1–0 home defeat of FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 4 November 2008, therefore mathematically securing automatic qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history; in the process, they also broke the club's record number of points in UEFA's main competition (nine) and remarkably did so with two matches to spare, becoming the first team to qualify from the group phase (alongside FC Barcelona, from the same group).[23][24]

Later, Bento and Sporting also broke the record for most goals suffered by a team in a Champions League knockout round, after a 1–12 aggregate elimination at the hands of FC Bayern Munich in the round of 16.[10] In the league, another second place to Porto befell, with the season also featuring the controversial Taça da Liga final loss against Benfica, on penalties.[25]

That Champions League ousting marked the beginning of fan discontent towards Bento, especially regarding the team's playing style, which was perceived as becoming dull and unattractive,[26] as presidential elections were to be held. Supported by the winning candidate José Eduardo Bettencourt, he signed a two-year contract extension; in spite of maintaining the same base squad and adding the talent of Felipe Caicedo or Matías Fernández, Sporting was unable to start the new campaign brightly: knocked out in the Champions League playoff round by ACF Fiorentina on away goals,[27] the side's form slumped quickly and after nine matches they found themselves mired in seventh place, 12 points behind leaders S.C. Braga.[28]

After a 1–1 home draw in the Europa League group stage against FK Ventspils on 5 November 2009, and facing considerable pressure to step down, Bento resigned.[29][30]

PortugalEdit

 
Bento at a press conference in 2011

On 20 September 2010, following Queiroz's dismissal after a poor start to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Bento was named his successor, initially until the last match of that stage.[31] His first game in charge was on 8 October, a 3–1 win against Denmark in Porto.[32]

On 17 November 2010, Portugal defeated World Cup champions Spain 4–0 in Lisbon, imposing the largest loss to its Iberian neighbours since 13 June 1963 (6–2 against Scotland, in another friendly).[33] He led the national team to the Euro 2012 semi-finals in Poland and Ukraine, where they narrowly lost to eventual champions Spain on penalties.[34]

Bento led Portugal to a 4–2 aggregate victory over Sweden in the playoffs after a second-place finish in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, securing a spot at the finals in Brazil.[35] On 9 April 2014, he extended his contract until after Euro 2016,[36] but the national team exited in the World Cup's group stage in spite of a 2–1 win against Ghana in the last match, with the United States progressing on goal difference instead.[37]

On 11 September 2014, after the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign began with a 0–1 home defeat to Albania, the Portuguese Football Federation announced Bento had been fired.[38]

CruzeiroEdit

Bento moved abroad for the first time in his managerial career on 11 May 2016, taking the helm at Brazil's Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.[39] His first game, ten days later, was a 2–2 draw at home to Figueirense FC which continued his side's winless start to the season.[40]

On 25 July 2016, Bento resigned from the club following a 1–2 home loss against Sport Club do Recife.[41][42]

OlympiacosEdit

On 11 August 2016, Bento became the head coach of Super League Greece title holders Olympiacos FC.[43] He was sacked on 6 March 2017 with the team seven points clear at the top of the table and qualified for the semi-finals of the domestic cup and last 16 of the Europa League,[44] mainly due to a string of poor performances in official competitions, a three-game losing streak in the league with no goals scored and various press conference comments targeting the "weakness" of certain squad members and the roster as a whole.[45]

Chongqing Dangdai LifanEdit

On 11 December 2017, Bento was appointed manager at Chongqing Dangdai Lifan FC.[46] The following 22 July, he was relieved of his duties due to poor results.[47]

South KoreaEdit

On 17 August 2018, Bento was appointed as the manager of the South Korea national team, with a contract to run up to and including the 2022 World Cup.[48] At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the side were eliminated 1–0 in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Qatar.[49]

Bento led his team to the conquest of the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship, after a 1–0 defeat of Japan. This marked the third time they won the tournament, this being the second consecutive victory over that opposition.[50]

On 1 February 2022, with a 2–0 away win over Syria, Bento qualified South Korea for the year's World Cup, their tenth consecutive edition.[51]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[52]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Futebol Benfica 1988–89 20 2 20 0
Estrela Amadora 1989–90 12 0 12 0
1990–91 25 0 4 0 2 0 31 0
Total 37 0 4 0 2 0 43 0
Vitória Guimarães 1991–92 32 3 32 3
1992–93 31 5 3 0 34 4
1993–94 32 5 2 0 34 5
Total 95 13 2 0 3 0 100 13
Benfica 1994–95 20 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 28 0
1995–96 29 2 6 0 5 1 40 3
Total 49 2 10 0 8 1 1 0 68 3
Oviedo 1996–97 30 2 4 1 34 3
1997–98 36 0 2 0 38 0
1998–99 34 0 34 0
1999–00 36 2 36 2
Total 136 4 6 1 142 5
Sporting CP 2000–01 32 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
2001–02 31 1 4 0 5 1 40 2
2002–03 29 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 34 1
2003–04 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0
Total 93 2 10 0 8 1 4 0 115 3
Career total 430 23 28 1 23 2 7 0 488 26

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 29 March 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Sporting CP   21 October 2005[9] 5 November 2009[29] 194 117 46 31 311 152 +159 060.31
Portugal   21 September 2010[31] 11 September 2014[38] 47 26 12 9 91 49 +42 055.32
Cruzeiro   11 May 2016[39] 25 July 2016[41] 17 6 3 8 23 28 −5 035.29
Olympiacos   11 August 2016[43] 6 March 2017 40 26 8 6 69 22 +47 065.00
Chongqing Lifan   11 December 2017 22 July 2018 15 5 2 8 20 20 +0 033.33
South Korea   17 August 2018 Present 43 28 10 5 76 25 +51 065.12
Total 356 208 81 67 590 296 +294 058.43

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Estrela Amadora

Benfica

Sporting CP

ManagerEdit

Sporting CP

Olympiacos

South Korea

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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