Nuno Espírito Santo
|Full name||Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo|
|Date of birth||25 January 1974|
|Place of birth||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Current club||Rio Ave (coach)|
|1993–1994||→ Vila Real (loan)||19||(0)|
|1997–2002||Deportivo La Coruña||4||(0)|
|1998–2000||→ Mérida (loan)||69||(0)|
|2000–2001||→ Osasuna (loan)||33||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
During his career, he first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years. He later represented Porto in his country, albeit with little impact, and also played professionally in Russia.
Football career 
Nuno started his football career with Vitória Sport Clube in Guimarães, battling from age 20 with veteran Neno for first-choice status. In January 1997 he was acquired by La Liga's Deportivo de La Coruña, but would spend three of his six seasons in Galicia on loan, backing up Jacques Songo'o (1996–98) and José Francisco Molina (2001–02) when he was part of the team.
In 1999–2000, as he represented CP Mérida in the Spanish second division, Nuno won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy and helped the side finish sixth, but it would be relegated to the third level due to irregularities.
F.C. Porto paid €3 million to bring Nuno back from Spain in July 2002, as part of Jorge Andrade's deal. During a 2003 Portuguese Cup match against Varzim SC, he was allowed by manager José Mourinho to convert a penalty kick, scoring the club's last goal in a 7–0 home routing. On 12 December 2004, he replaced club great Vítor Baía during extra time of the Intercontinental Cup final penalty shootout victory against Once Caldas; however, in January, he was sold to Russian League's FC Dynamo Moscow.
Uncapped, Nuno was called to the Portuguese squad competing in UEFA Euro 2008, replacing the injured Quim. During 2008–09 he again played second-fiddle to Helton appearing in only four games, but was the starter throughout the domestic cup campaign, including the final win (1–0) against F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
On 21 June 2010, Porto announced Nuno's contract would not be renewed. The 36-year old said he would always support Porto as he left. After his retirement, he rejoined former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, moving to Málaga CF as a goalkeeping coach; the pair signed for Panathinaikos FC in November 2010.
- Intercontinental Cup: 2004
- UEFA Cup: 2002–03
- Portuguese League: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Portuguese Cup: 2002–03, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Portuguese Supercup: 2003, 2004, 2009
- Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2009–10
- "Venda do passe do jogador Jorge Andrade" [Player Jorge Andrade's pass sold] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "F.C. Porto: Nuno é mais que um guarda-redes" [F.C. Porto: Nuno is more than a goalkeeper] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
- Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD (FC Porto announcement – Football, SAD); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
- Nuno Espírito Santo: 'Sou e serei Porto!' (Nuno Espírito Santo: 'I am and will be Porto!'); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Nuno Espírito Santo é o novo treinador" [Nuno Espírito Santo is the new manager] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- Nuno Espírito Santo at footballzz.co.uk
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile