Rui Bento

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Rui Bento
Personal information
Full name Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Pereira Bento
Date of birth (1972-01-14) 14 January 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Silves, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1983–1987 Silves
1987–1991 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Benfica 24 (0)
1992–2001 Boavista 242 (4)
2001–2004 Sporting CP 55 (1)
Total 321 (5)
National team
1990–1991 Portugal U20 12 (0)
1991–1993 Portugal U21 17 (0)
1991–2001 Portugal 6 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Académico Viseu
2005 Barreirense
2006–2007 Penafiel
2008–2009 Boavista
2009–2011 Portugal U17
2011–2012 Beira-Mar
2014 Bangkok United
2015 Tondela
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Pereira Bento (born 14 January 1972) is a Portuguese former footballer who played mostly as a central defender, and is a coach.

During 13 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 321 matches and five goals, representing mainly Boavista (nine years).

Club career[edit]

Born in Silves, Algarve, Bento first represented S.L. Benfica, but would gain national recognition with Boavista FC: already relocated as a defensive midfielder he helped them to their only Primeira Liga championship in the 2000–01 season, adding the 1997 domestic cup.

After three years at Sporting Clube de Portugal, battling with namesake Paulo Bento for first-choice status,[1] Bento retired from playing at the age of 32, and started coaching at lowly Académico de Viseu FC. In the 2008 summer he returned to Boavista with the club now in the second division, and the side eventually suffered a second consecutive relegation.

Bento was appointed at S.C. Beira-Mar midway through 2010–11 after taking the place of Leonardo Jardim,[2] only winning twice in nine top division games until the end of the campaign (two draws and five losses) but still leading the Aveiro team away from the relegation zone. He was relieved of his duties on 26 February 2012.[3]

After some time managing the under-23 side of Al-Ahli Saudi FC, Bento was appointed manager of Bangkok United F.C. in January 2004.[4] He left early on in the Thai Premier League season.[5]

On 6 October 2015, Bento returned to Portugal's top flight, succeeding Vítor Paneira at 16th-placed C.D. Tondela on a deal to the end of the season.[6] He left by mutual accord on 8 December after earning a solitary point from five games, placing the club in last position.[7]

International career[edit]

Bento was capped six times for Portugal. His first game took place at 20 November 1991 in a 1–0 win over Greece for the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifiers, and his last was a 0–4 defeat to France on 25 April 2001, in a friendly match.

Bento also played Olympic football, helping the national side finish fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Previously, he was a starter for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship winners, in a competition played on home soil.[8]

In July 2009, Bento was named the Portugal under-17 manager.[9]







Portugal U-20


  1. ^ "Bölöni mexe na equipa e aposta em Rui Bento" [Bölöni moves pieces and bets on Rui Bento] (in Portuguese). Record. 8 March 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ Rui Bento appointed new Beira-Mar coach; PortuGOAL, 2 March 2011
  3. ^ Rui Bento demite-se (Rui Bento resigns); Record, 26 February 2012 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Rui Bento no Bangkok United" [Rui Bento at Bangkok United]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Carvalho leaves Police Utd". Bangkok Post. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Rui Bento é o novo treinador do Tondela" [Rui Bento is the new manager of Tondela]. Observador. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Rui Bento é o segundo treinador a deixar o Tondela" [Rui Bento is the second manager to leave Tondela]. Público (in Portuguese). 8 December 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Sub-17: Rui Bento divulga convocatória" [Under-17: Rui Bento releases callup] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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