Paulo Sérgio Bento Brito
|Full name||Paulo Sérgio Bento Brito|
|Date of birth||19 February 1968|
|Place of birth||Estremoz, Portugal|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Sanat Naft (coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Born in Estremoz, Alentejo Region, Paulo Sérgio's football career was spent mainly as a substitute, at least in the Primeira Liga. 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 Segunda Liga in 1992 with a career-best eight goals, with the consequent promotion – F.C. Paços de Ferreira (his best year in the top division 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.
Paulo Sérgio took up coaching after retiring in 2003, 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 he had represented as a footballer, Paços de Ferreira. However, on 14 October 2009, he left for Vitória S.C. to take the place of the sacked Nelo Vingada, signing until summer 2011.
In late April 2010, Sérgio reached an agreement to succeed Carlos Carvalhal at the helm of Sporting Clube de Portugal, effective as of July. 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 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 FC Porto by 23 points in the league, Sérgio's contract was mutually terminated.
Heart of Midlothian
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. 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; 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.
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. He rejected a new contract offer from the club, and left on 7 June.
On 20 May 2013, Paulo Sérgio signed a one-year contract with reigning Cypriot champions APOEL FC. 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, with the tie being lost on the away goals rule. On 17 August 2013 he won his first trophy with his new club, after a 1–0 triumph over Apollon Limassol for the Super Cup.
- Championnat de France amateur: 1998–99 (Group B)
Heart of Midlothian
- Cypriot Super Cup: 2013
- As of 15 February 2015
|Olhanense||1 July 2003||17 May 2006||109||51||32||26||46.79|||
|Santa Clara||17 May 2006||7 February 2008||60||25||12||23||41.67|||
|Beira-Mar||8 February 2008||15 May 2008||12||5||3||4||41.67|||
|Paços de Ferreira||22 May 2008||14 October 2009||53||16||15||22||30.19|||
|Vitória de Guimarães||15 October 2009||13 May 2010||30||11||8||11||36.67|||
|Sporting||July 2010||26 February 2011||30||13||9||8||43.33|||
|Hearts||2 August 2011||7 June 2012||47||20||11||16||42.55|||
|CFR Cluj||28 October 2012||13 April 2013||19||7||5||7||36.84|||
|APOEL||20 May 2013||4 October 2013||10||2||5||3||20.00|||
|Académica||31 May 2014||15 February 2015||26||3||12||11||11.54|||
|Dibba Al-Fujairah||1 July 2016||11 December 2016||11||0||5||6||0.00|
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