|Full name||Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Pereira Bento|
|Date of birth||14 January 1972|
|Place of birth||Silves, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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, 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, 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.
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. He left by mutual accord on 8 December after earning a solitary point from five games, placing the club in last position.
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.
- "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.
- Rui Bento appointed new Beira-Mar coach; PortuGOAL, 2 March 2011
- Rui Bento demite-se (Rui Bento resigns); Record, 26 February 2012 (in Portuguese)
- "Rui Bento no Bangkok United" [Rui Bento at Bangkok United]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
- "Carvalho leaves Police Utd". Bangkok Post. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
- "Rui Bento é o novo treinador do Tondela" [Rui Bento is the new manager of Tondela]. Observador. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
- "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.
- "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Sub-17: Rui Bento divulga convocatória" [Under-17: Rui Bento releases callup] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2017.