Paulo Sérgio Bento Brito

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Paulo Sérgio
Personal information
Full name Paulo Sérgio Bento Brito
Date of birth (1968-02-19) 19 February 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Estremoz, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Académica (coach)
Youth career
1975–1986 Sanjoanense Lisboa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Olivais Moscavide
1987–1988 Vilafranquense
1988–1993 Belenenses 66 (15)
1993–1994 Paços Ferreira 26 (5)
1994–1995 Salgueiros 8 (2)
1995–1997 Vitória Setúbal 13 (4)
1997 Feirense 6 (0)
1998 Santa Clara 13 (2)
1998–1999 Grenoble 32 (16)
1999–2001 Estoril 40 (16)
2002–2003 Olhanense 48 (25)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Olhanense
2006–2008 Santa Clara
2008 Beira-Mar
2008–2009 Paços Ferreira
2009–2010 Vitória Guimarães
2010–2011 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Hearts
2012–2013 CFR Cluj
2013 APOEL
2014– Académica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Sérgio Bento Brito, known as Paulo Sérgio (born 19 February 1968), is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a forward, and the current manager of Académica de Coimbra.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 86 games and 18 goals over the course of seven seasons, but played mainly in the lower divisions of Portugal.

Sérgio began his career as manager in 2003 and went on to be in charge of several teams, including Vitória Guimarães, Sporting and Hearts in Scotland.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Estremoz, Alentejo Region, Paulo Sérgio's football career was spent mainly as a substitute, at least in the top division. During 17 professional seasons he represented C.D. Olivais e Moscavide, U.D. Vilafranquense, C.F. Os Belenenses – his most steady period, helping the Lisbon club finish in second position in the second level in 1992 with a career-best eight goals, with the consequent promotion – F.C. Paços de Ferreira (his best year in the top flight came whilst at this club, scoring five goals in 26 games in the 1993–94 campaign, even though 14 of those came from the bench, as the club was eventually relegated), S.C. Salgueiros, Vitória de Setúbal, C.D. Feirense, C.D. Santa Clara, G.D. Estoril Praia and S.C. Olhanense.

In 1998–99 Sérgio had a spell abroad with French team Grenoble Foot 38, in division four.[1]

Coaching career[edit]


After retiring in 2003, Paulo Sérgio took up coaching, his first experience being with his last club, Olhanense, for three seasons; he next managed another former side, Azores's Santa Clara.

His first spell in the first division occurred in 2008–09, with yet another club as a footballer, Paços de Ferreira. However, on 14 October 2009, he left for Vitória de Guimarães to take the place of sacked Nelo Vingada, signing until the 2011 summer.[2]

In late April 2010, Sérgio reached an agreement to succeed Carlos Carvalhal at the helm of Sporting Clube de Portugal, effective as of July.[3] After dispatching FC Nordsjælland of Denmark in the UEFA Europa League, he made his league debut on 14 August, suffering a 0–1 defeat at former club Paços.

On 26 February 2011, following a 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica in the league, and Europa League elimination at the hands of Rangers, with Sporting also out of domestic cup contention and trailing F.C. Porto by 26 points in the league, Sérgio's contract was mutually terminated.

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Sérgio was appointed manager of Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian on 2 August 2011, following the removal of his predecessor Jim Jefferies on the previous day.[4] In October, the team withdrew its staff from all media events in protest at him being called in front of the Scottish Football Association following his remarks about referee Iain Brines after a defeat against Ayr United the following month;[5] he was also sent to the stands for dissent during a game against Kilmarnock after Ian Black was sent off and Marius Žaliūkas fouled Paul Heffernan, allowing Dean Shiels to score the game's only goal from the penalty spot.[6]

On 19 May 2012, Sérgio and Hearts won the Scottish Cup – the eighth overall for the club and the first in six years – after a 5–1 win over fellow Edinburgh side Hibernian.[7] He rejected a new contract offer from the club, and left on 7 June.[8]

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 28 October 2012 Paulo Sérgio was appointed at CFR Cluj in Romania, after the Liga I team failed to reach an agreement with countryman Sérgio Conceição.[9][10]

He managed to lead the club to the Europa League knockout phase, but the year 2013 started badly, with seven consecutive games without a win; thus, he was sacked on 13 April.[11]


On 20 May 2013, Paulo Sérgio signed a one-year contract with reigning Cypriot champions APOEL FC.[12] He made his debut as APOEL coach against NK Maribor at GSP Stadium on 31 July 2013, in a 1–1 first leg draw for the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League,[13] with the tie being lost on the away goals rule.[14] On 17 August 2013 he won his first trophy with his new club, after a 1–0 triumph over Apollon Limassol for the Cypriot Super Cup.[15]

On 4 October 2013 APOEL parted company with Paulo Sérgio, who spent less than five months in charge of the club and managed just three wins in 11 games.[16][17]


On 31 May 2014, Paulo Sérgio signed a one-year deal with Académica de Coimbra.[18] His first official game in charge occurred on 16 August, a 1–1 home draw against Sporting Clube de Portugal.



Santa Clara


Heart of Midlothian

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 22:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)[19]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sporting Portugal July 2010 February 2011 17 11 3 3 64.71
Hearts Scotland 2 August 2011 7 June 2012 47 20 11 16 42.55
CFR Cluj Romania 28 October 2012 13 April 2013 20 8 5 7 40.00
APOEL Cyprus 20 May 2013 4 October 2013 11 3 5 3 27.27
Académica Portugal 31 May 2014 1 0 1 0 00.00
Total 95 42 24 29 44.21


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  2. ^ Paulo Sergio confirmed as new Vitoria de Guimaraes coach; PortuGOAL, 14 October 2009
  3. ^ Paulo Sérgio to succeed Carlos Carvalhal
  4. ^ "Jefferies rejects Hearts role as Sergio takes over". BBC Sport. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hearts withdraw staff from media events". BBC Sport. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hearts manager Paulo Sergio defends touchline conduct". BBC Sport. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hearts's demolition of Hibernian in Scottish Cup final devoid of fire". The Guardian. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Manager Paulo Sergio leaves Hearts after rejecting deal". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Presă: Paulo Sergio va antrena echipa CFR Cluj până la finalul sezonului" [Press: Paulo Sergio to coach CFR Cluj until end of season] (in Romanian). Mediafax. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Prezentarea oficială a noului antrenor, Paulo Sergio!" [Official presentation of our coach, Paulo Sergio!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Paulo Sergio a fost demis de la CFR Cluj. Eugen Trică este noul antrenor" [Paulo Sergio sacked by CFR Cluj. Eugen Trică is the new manager] (in Romanian). Orice Sport. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Υπογραφές και Ενημέρωση (in Greek). APOEL FC. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Battling Maribor hold APOEL". 31 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Maribor ride luck to oust APOEL". 6 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  15. ^ ΑΠΟΕΛ – Απόλλωνας 1–0 (τελικό) (in Greek). CFA. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Paulo Sérgio makes way at APOEL". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Paulo Sérgio é o novo treinador da Académica" [Paulo Sérgio is the new Académica coach] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Paulo Sergio". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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