Nuno Espírito Santo

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Simões and the second or paternal family name is Espírito Santo.
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Nuno in 2015
Personal information
Full name Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo
Date of birth (1974-01-25) 25 January 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Valencia (coach)
Youth career
1985–1986 Santoantoniense
1986–1987 Quimigal
1987–1991 Caçadores Torreenses
1991–1992 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Vitória Guimarães 34 (0)
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)
2002–2004 Porto 6 (0)
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow 11 (0)
2007 Aves 15 (0)
2007–2010 Porto 8 (0)
Total 199 (0)
National team
1994–1996 Portugal U21 3 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Rio Ave
2014– Valencia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo (born 25 January 1974), known as simply Nuno, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current manager of Valencia CF.

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.

Nuno was part of the Portuguese squad at Euro 2008, but never won a cap for the national team. In 2012, he became a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, 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 the 1999–2000 season, 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.[1]

F.C. Porto paid 3 million to bring Nuno back from Spain in July 2002, as part of Jorge Andrade's deal.[2] 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.[3] 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 Premier League's FC Dynamo Moscow.

Again in January, in 2007, Nuno returned to Portugal, for a stint with C.D. Aves, eventually relegated from the top flight. In July he returned to Porto, backing up Brazilian Helton during most of his spell.

Uncapped, Nuno was called to the Portuguese squad competing in UEFA Euro 2008, replacing the injured Quim.[4] During the 2008–09 season 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.

Managerial career[edit]

On 21 June 2010, Porto announced Nuno's contract would not be renewed.[5] The 36-year-old said he would always support Porto as he left.[6] 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.

In May 2012, top-divisioner Rio Ave F.C. sacked manager Carlos Brito and announced the appointment of Nuno.[7] In his second season in charge, he qualified the team to both the Portuguese Cup and League Cup finals,[8] also taking it to the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history.

Nuno signed a one-year contract with Valencia CF in La Liga on 4 July 2014, replacing fired Juan Antonio Pizzi.[9] On 12 January 2015, he agreed to an extension to keep him at the club until 2018,[10] and he eventually led the club to the fourth place in his first year,[11] highlights including a 2–1 home win over Real Madrid and a 2–2 away draw against the same opponent.[12][13]







Rio Ave


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 April 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Rio Ave 1 July 2012 30 June 2014 78 31 16 31 39.74
Valencia 4 July 2014 Present 37 22 9 6 59.46
Total 115 53 25 37 46.09


  1. ^ "El primer fichaje de la factoría Jorge Mendes" [First signing of Jorge Mendes factory] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Venda do passe do jogador Jorge Andrade" [Player Jorge Andrade's pass sold] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Nuno é o substituto de Quim" [Nuno replaces Quim] (in Portuguese). Record. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD (FC Porto announcement – Football, SAD); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Nuno Espírito Santo: 'Sou e serei Porto!' (Nuno Espírito Santo: 'I am and will be Porto!'); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Nuno Espírito Santo feliz com 2.ª final da época" [Nuno Espírito Santo happy with second final of season] (in Portuguese). Record. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "#BenvingutNuno Nuno Espírito Santo firma su contrato como nuevo entrenador del Valencia CF" [#WelcomeNuno Nuno Espírito Santo signs contract as new Valencia CF manager] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nuno: "It is an honour and a pleasure to be here"". Valencia CF. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "El Valencia se impone en la batalla por la cuarta plaza" [Valencia wins battle for fourth place] (in Spanish). La Liga. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Valencia 2–1 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Real Madrid 2–2 Valencia". BBC Sport. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "The BBVA Prizes for December's best". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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