José Rui

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pina and the second or paternal family name is Aguiar.
Zé Rui
Personal information
Full name José Rui de Pina Aguiar
Date of birth (1964-11-06) 6 November 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 União Santiago
1990–1992 O Elvas
1992–1993 União Leiria 32 (5)
1993–1995 Belenenses 23 (0)
1995–2000 Vitória Setúbal 71 (4)
2000–2002 Desportivo Beja
National team
2000 Cape Verde 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Rui de Pina Aguiar (born 6 November 1964), commonly known as Zé Rui, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current assistant coach of the Cape Verde national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Praia, Zé Rui started playing organized football at nearly 23 years of age, and spent his entire professional career in Portugal, his first club being União Sport Club in the second division. He subsequently represented O Elvas C.A.D. and U.D. Leiria, competing in the second and third levels from 1990–93.

Zé Rui made his debuts in the top flight in the 1993–94 season, starting in 18 of his 21 appearances to help C.F. Os Belenenses finish in 13th position. After another campaign he moved to Vitória de Setúbal, helping it promote from division two in his first year.

Zé Rui retired in June 2002 at almost 38, after two seasons with amateurs C.D. Beja. For several years he acted as assistant to the Cape Verdean national team, even being in charge for the friendly with Portugal on 27 May 2006, after Carlos Alhinho's resignation.[1]


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