Rui Bento

Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Pereira Bento (born 14 January 1972) is a Portuguese former footballer who played mostly as a central defender, and a manager.

Rui Bento
Personal information
Full name Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Pereira Bento
Date of birth (1972-01-14) 14 January 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth Silves, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1983–1987 Silves
1987–1991 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Benfica 24 (0)
1992–2001 Boavista 242 (4)
2001–2004 Sporting CP 55 (1)
Total 321 (5)
National team
1990–1991 Portugal U20 12 (0)
1991–1993 Portugal U21 17 (0)
1991–2001 Portugal 6 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Académico Viseu
2005 Barreirense
2006–2007 Penafiel
2008–2009 Boavista
2009–2011 Portugal U17
2011–2012 Beira-Mar
2014 Bangkok United
2015 Tondela
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Over 13 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 321 matches and five goals, representing mainly Boavista (nine years).

Club careerEdit

Born in Silves, Algarve, Bento first represented S.L. Benfica, but would gain national recognition with Boavista F.C.. Already relocated as a defensive midfielder, he helped them to their only Primeira Liga championship in the 2000–01 season, adding the 1997 domestic cup.

After three years at Sporting CP, battling with namesake Paulo Bento for first-choice status,[1] Bento retired from playing at the age of 32, and started coaching at lowly Académico de Viseu FC. In summer 2008 he returned to Boavista with the club now in the second division,[2] and the side eventually suffered a second consecutive relegation.[3]

Bento was appointed at S.C. Beira-Mar midway through 2010–11 after taking the place of Leonardo Jardim,[4] only winning twice in nine top-division games until the end of the campaign (two draws and five losses) but still leading the Aveiro team away from the relegation zone. He resigned on 26 February 2012.[5]

After some time managing the under-23 side of Al-Ahli Saudi FC, Bento signed as manager of Bangkok United F.C. in January 2004.[6] He left early on in the Thai Premier League season.[7]

On 6 October 2015, Bento returned to Portugal's top flight, succeeding Vítor Paneira at 16th-placed C.D. Tondela on a deal to the end of the campaign.[8] He left by mutual accord on 8 December after earning a solitary point from five matches, placing the club in last position.[9]

International careerEdit

Bento was capped six times for Portugal. His first game took place at 20 November 1991 in a 1–0 win over Greece for the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifiers, and his last was a 0–4 defeat to France on 25 April 2001, in a friendly match.

Bento also played Olympic football, helping the national side finish fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Previously, he was a starter for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship winners, in a competition played on home soil.[10]

In July 2009, Bento was named the Portugal under-17 manager.[11]







Portugal U-20


  1. ^ "Bölöni mexe na equipa e aposta em Rui Bento" [Bölöni moves pieces and bets on Rui Bento]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 March 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Rui Bento novo treinador do Boavista" [Rui Bento new manager of Boavista] (in Portuguese). TSF. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ Escobar de Lima, Filipe (24 May 2009). "Leiria regressa à I Liga, Boavista desce à II Divisão" [Leiria return to I League, Boavista relegated to II Division]. Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Rui Bento appointed new Beira-Mar coach". PortuGOAL. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Rui Bento demite-se de treinador do Beira-Mar" [Rui Bento resigns as manager of Beira-Mar] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Rui Bento no Bangkok United" [Rui Bento at Bangkok United]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ Chittinand, Tor (25 April 2014). "Carvalho leaves Police Utd". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Rui Bento é o novo treinador do Tondela" [Rui Bento is the new manager of Tondela]. Observador (in Portuguese). 6 October 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Rui Bento é o segundo treinador a deixar o Tondela" [Rui Bento is the second manager to leave Tondela]. Público (in Portuguese). 8 December 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  10. ^ a b Ribeiro, Ireneu (20 August 2011). "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Sub-17: Rui Bento divulga convocatória" [Under-17: Rui Bento releases callup]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 November 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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