Bruno Lage

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Bruno Lage
Personal information
Full name Bruno Miguel Silva do Nascimento
Date of birth (1976-05-12) 12 May 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Playing position Right winger[1]
Club information
Current team
Benfica (manager)
Youth career
1990–1991 Independente[1]
1993–1995 UCRD Praiense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 UCRD Praiense[1]
2001–2002 Quintajense
Teams managed
1997–1999 Vitória Setúbal (youth)[1]
2000–2001 GDR 1.º Maio (youth)
2000–2001 Fazendense (assistant)
2001–2002 Comércio e Indústria
2002–2004 Estrela Vendas Novas (assistant)
2004 Sintrense (assistant)
2004–2012 Benfica (youth)
2012–2014 Shabab Al-Ahli (U19 and B team)
2015–2017 Sheffield Wednesday (assistant)
2017–2018 Swansea City (assistant)
2018–2019 Benfica B
2019– Benfica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bruno Miguel Silva do Nascimento (born 12 May 1976), known as Bruno Lage[n 1] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɾunu ˈlaʒɨ]), is a Portuguese football manager currently in charge of Primeira Liga club Benfica.


Born in Setúbal, Lage started his coaching career in the youth ranks of Vitória de Setúbal in 1997.[2][3]

After having coached every youth team of Benfica from 2004 to 2012 and more recently having been an assistant coach to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City,[4][5] Lage returned to Benfica as manager of their reserve team in July 2018 to replace Hélder Cristóvão.[1] During Benfica's 2018–19 season, Lage took charge of the club's first-team as caretaker manager, replacing Rui Vitória on 3 January 2019.[6][7]

Lage managed his first Primeira Liga game in a 4–2 home win over Rio Ave on 6 January and was appointed permanent head coach eight days later.[8][9] On 10 February, after winning two consecutive Lisbon derbies – including a 4–2 away win in the league [10][11] – he led Benfica to the biggest Primeira Liga margin of victory since 1964 and to the league's highest scoring win since 1965, a 10–0 thrashing of Nacional,[12][13][14] setting the record for the biggest win at the new Estádio da Luz.[15] In his UEFA Europa League debut, Benfica won in Turkey for the first time in their history, beating Galatasaray 2–1 in the first leg of the round of 32.[16][17]

As Benfica won 2–1 away in The Classic on 2 March 2019, Lage equalled Rui Vitória's 3 wins out of 16 matches against rivals Sporting and Porto.[18] From matchday 16 to 34, Lage went on winning 18 league matches and drawing 1 to conquer his first major trophy, Benfica's 37th league title. With a 94% winning percentage, he surpassed Jimmy Hagan's record at Benfica and achieved Primeira Liga's all-time best second round: 49 points. In addition, he equalled Sven-Göran Eriksson's 1990–91 feat of beating Porto, Sporting, and Braga away in the same season. Lage also equalled Benfica's league scoring record of 103 goals in 1963–64.[19]

Lage then started a second season at Benfica with a 5–0 thrashing of Sporting CP in the Super Cup.[20] On 17 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–1 home defeat to German side RB Leipzig, increasing Benfica's losses in the competition to 11 in the latest 14 matches.[21]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 January 2020[22][23]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Benfica B 1 July 2018[24] 3 January 2019 15 8 3 4 15 11 +4 053.33
Benfica 3 January 2019[7] Present 59 45 6 8 154 50 +104 076.27
Total 74 53 9 12 169 61 +108 071.62

Personal life[edit]

Lage's son, Jaime (born April 2015), is named after Jaime Graça, Lage's biggest reference in football, as a mentor.[1] Lage's younger brother, Luís Nascimento, is also a coach.[25]






  1. ^ "Lage" is a homage to his father, Fernando Lage do Nascimento.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Melo, Rui Miguel (16 February 2019). "A história de Bruno Nascimento, o Lage que revolucionou o Benfica" [The story of Bruno Nascimento, the Lage who has revolutionised Benfica]. A Bola (in Portuguese). pp. 5–9.
  2. ^ a b "Saiba quem é Bruno Lage, o sucessor de Rui Vitória" [Know who is Bruno Lage, the successor of Rui Vitória]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ Aleixo, Mário (4 January 2019). "Bruno Lage preparado para dar a tática frente ao Rio Ave" [Bruno Lage ready to lay down the tactics against Rio Ave]. RTP (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Benfica confirma Bruno Lage como treinador interino" [Benfica confirm Bruno Lage as interim coach]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 3 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ Homewood, Brian; Radnedge, Christian (14 January 2019). "Benfica name Bruno Lage as coach on full-time basis". Reuters. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ Carlos, Nogueira (4 January 2019). "Sai Vitória, assume Bruno Lage (para já). Perito na formação, já escreveu dois livros" [Vitória leaves, Bruno Lage takes charge (for now). A development expert, he has written two books]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Princípio de acordo com Rui Vitória" [Agreement in principle with Rui Vitória]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Última reviravolta em desvantagem por dois golos na Luz tinha sido em 2002" [The last comeback from a two-goal disadvantage at Estádio da Luz had been in 2002]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF). CMVM (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Bruno Lage iguala registo de mais três" [Bruno Lage equals record of three other]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 7 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Bruno Lage iguala registo de Herzaka, Riera e Souness nos dérbis" [Bruno Lage equals record of Herzaka, Riera, and Souness in the derbies]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 7 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. ^ Stephen, Creek (10 February 2019). "Benfica demolish Nacional 10–0 in biggest Primeira Liga win for 55 years". Goal. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Benfica score 10 in league win over Nacional". BBC Sport. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Benfica 10–0 Nacional: Chuva de golos deixa 'águias' a um ponto da liderança" [Benfica 10–0 Nacional: goal rain moves "eagles" within one point of the lead]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Maior goleada da nova Luz começou com o golo mais rápido" [Biggest thrashing at the new Estádio da Luz started with the fastest goal]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Bruno Lage faz história na estreia em jogos europeus" [Brune Lage makes history in his European competition debut]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  17. ^ Leitão, Cátia (14 February 2019). "Liga Europa: Benfica carimba primeira vitória de sempre na Turquia e está mais perto dos oitavos" [Europa League: Benfica seal their first ever win in Turkey and are closer to the round of 16]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Bruno Lage iguala registo de Rui Vitória em jogos grandes" [Bruno Lage equals Rui Vitória's big matches record]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Os números e os recordes de Bruno Lage" [Bruno Lage's numbers and records]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Benfica rout Sporting in Portuguese Super Cup". Free Malaysia Today. Agence France-Presse. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Werner ilumina Da Luz y el Benfica amplía su mala racha en la Champions" [Werner illuminates Da Luz and Benfica increase their losing streak in the Champions League]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Bruno Lage". zerozero. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Bruno Lage". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Bruno Lage is the new coach of Benfica B". S.L. Benfica. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Segredos do campeão revelados pelo pai de Bruno Lage" [The champion's secrets revealed by Bruno Lage's father]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 26 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  26. ^ Bruno Lage coach profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Bruno Lage eleito Melhor Treinador da Liga 2018/2019" [Bruno Lage elected Best Coach of 2018–19 Primeira Liga]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 5 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  28. ^ "Bruno Lage eleito treinador do ano: "Para ganhar um dia temos de perder muito"" [Bruno Lage awarded coach of the year]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 2 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

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