Renato Portaluppi

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Renato Portaluppi
Renato gaucho.jpg
Renato in 2007
Personal information
Full name Renato Portaluppi
Date of birth (1962-09-09) 9 September 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Guaporé, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Grêmio (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Grêmio 65 (15)
1987–1988 Flamengo 19 (2)
1988–1989 Roma 23 (0)
1989–1990 Flamengo 18 (7)
1991–1992 Botafogo 38 (10)
1991Grêmio (loan) 0 (0)
1992 Cruzeiro 0 (0)
1993 Flamengo 12 (4)
1994 Atlético Mineiro 13 (2)
1995–1997 Fluminense 15 (4)
1997–1998 Flamengo 12 (5)
1999 Bangu - (-)
Total 215 (49)
National team
1983–1993 Brazil 41 (5)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Madureira
2002–2003 Fluminense
2005–2007 Vasco da Gama
2007–2008 Fluminense
2008 Vasco da Gama
2009 Fluminense
2010 Bahia
2010–2011 Grêmio
2011 Atlético Paranaense
2013 Grêmio
2014 Fluminense
2016– Grêmio
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Renato Portaluppi (born 9 September 1962), also known as Renato or Renato Gaúcho, is a Brazilian football coach and former footballer who played as a right winger. He is the current manager of Grêmio.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Guaporé, Rio Grande do Sul, Renato started his career in Esportivo in Bento Gonçalves where he grew up. He was later signed with Grêmio, where in 1983 he won the Copa Libertadores, beating Peñarol of Uruguay, and the Intercontinental Cup, beating Hamburger SV of Germany, and scoring twice.[2]

In 1987, he moved to Flamengo and won the Green Module of Brasileirão Série A in the same year. Then in 1988 Renato moved abroad, signing with Roma. However, he failed to settle in Italy and returned to Flamengo after only one disappointing season, in time to win one more trophy, the Copa do Brasil in 1990.

Renato's career in Fluminense is generally associated to his belly goal in the Campeonato Carioca of 1995, against Flamengo, in the year when Flamengo celebrated 100 years. With his goal he was crowned the King of Rio in that year. In the same year, he led Fluminense to the semi-finals of the Brasileirão Série A.


Renato Gaúcho appeared 41 times for the Brazilian national team, scoring five goals.[3]

In 1986, while preparing for the FIFA World Cup Finals in Mexico, Renato was dropped from the squad by coach Telê Santana for disciplinary reasons, primarily partying late and missing training. As a result, his teammate and close friend Leandro also withdrew from the squad on the eve of Brazil's departure for Mexico. Leandro's replacement at right-back was Edson, who was injured in the second World Cup match and was then replaced by the relatively unknown Josimar of Botafogo, who became one of the stars of the tournament.

Managerial career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He has been working as a coach since 2000.[4] He was Madureira's coach in 2000 and 2001. Between September 2, 2002 and July 11, 2003, and between October 1, 2003 and December 28, 2003, he was coach of Fluminense. From July 2005 to April 2007 he was Vasco da Gama's coach.


Since April 2007, he is Fluminense's coach again. On June 6, 2007 he won the Brazil Cup as Fluminense's coach, his first title in the new career. However, he failed to win the Copa Libertadores as Fluminense was defeated in a penalty shootout to underdogs LDU from Ecuador.[5] On August 10, 2008 Renato was sacked as manager of Fluminense Football Club. His sacking followed a 2–1 defeat to the Brasileirão's bottom side, Ipatinga which left them joint-bottom of the table.[6] On September 18, 2008, he was hired as Vasco's manager.[7] Fluminense have hired former Vasco da Gama coach Renato Gaúcho on July 21, 2009 he replaces Carlos Alberto Parreira, who was sacked in July 2009, Renato has already coached Fluminense twice before (in 2002–2003 and again in 2007–2008).[8] On September 1, 2009 Fluminense club officials have fired the coach due to poor results.

Being the first choice of the sponsor, who intervened with the presidency of the club. Renato was chosen again as coach of Fluminense. being his fifth spell at the club from Laranjeiras.[9]


Bahia chairman Marcelo Guimarães has hired on December 13, 2009 the former Fluminense coach to replace Paulo Bonamigo, for the 2010 season.[10]


On August 10, 2010 Grêmio confirmed Renato was their new coach, two days after the sacking of their former coach Silas. He tried to start a good season, but in his debut the team lost to Goiás and was eliminated from the 2010 Copa Sudamericana on the Second Stage. In the 2010 Brazilian League Grêmio ended in 4th place and consequently qualified to 2011 Copa Libertadores. Afterward, Renato did not do a great season in 2011. His team lost the 2011 Campeonato Gaúcho finals to their rival Internacional and was the runner-up. Grêmio was also eliminated from the 2011 Copa Libertadores on the Round of 16, losing to Chilean club Universidad Católica. All of that disappointed himself and Grêmio's President Paulo Odone. He coached some matches of the 2011 Brazilian League, however their performance wasn't good, and Renato resigned on June 30.

Even after being two years without coaching any club, Renato was the first choice of Fábio Koff, president of Grêmio, to succeed Vanderlei Luxemburgo as the new coach of Grêmio. On July 2, 2013 the coach signed with the club and was presented to more than 5,000 supporters in Grêmio Arena.

On September 18, 2016 his third passage as commander of the Tricolor Gaúcho was announced, replacing Roger Machado.[11][12] In the same year, he led the Porto Alegre-based team to their fifth Copa do Brasil trophy.[13]

The following year, Portaluppi became the first Brazilian to win the Copa Libertadores as a player and as a manager, with Grêmio beating Buenos Aires side Lanús in the final.[14]

In the 2018 season, he helped his team to win the Recopa Sudamericana over Independiente[15] and the Campeonato Gaúcho over Brasil de Pelotas, their first win since 2010.










  1. ^ "Renato Gaúcho :: Renato Portaluppi ::". (in Portuguese).
  2. ^ "Meu jogo inesquecível – Renato Gaúcho" (in Portuguese). Museu dos Esportes. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  3. ^ National Football Teams
  4. ^ "Renato Gaúcho (ex-ponta do Grêmio, Fla e Flu)" (in Portuguese). Milton Neves. December 7, 2008. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Fluminense coach Renato Gaucho
  6. ^ "Renato Gaúcho não é mais o técnico do Fluminense". O Globo Online (in Portuguese). August 11, 2008. Archived from the original on August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "Renato Gaúcho é o novo técnico do Vasco". O Globo Online (in Portuguese). September 18, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2008.
  8. ^ Fluminense acerta o retorno de Renato Gaúcho
  9. ^ Renato Gaúcho acerta retorno ao Fluminense e já pede meia e atacante
  10. ^ Futebol Baiano: EC Bahia EC Vitória: Oficialmente Renato Gaúcho é o treinador do Bahia
  11. ^ "Grêmio fecha contratação de Renato e Espinosa, campeões do mundo em 83". Globoe Eporte. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Renato Gaúcho acerta com Grêmio e trabalhará com Valdir Espinosa". Terra. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  13. ^ Downie, Andrew. "Gremio win Brazilian Cup in emotion-charged game". U.S. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Brazil's Gremio wins Copa Libertadores for 3rd time". Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  15. ^ Press, The Associated. "Brazil's Gremio wins Recopa Sudamericana in penalty shootout – NY Daily News". Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "South American Team of the Year". January 16, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2015.

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