Rui Jorge

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Rui Jorge
Personal information
Full name Rui Jorge de Sousa Dias Macedo de Oliveira
Date of birth (1973-03-27) 27 March 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Portugal U21 (coach)
Youth career
1981–1991 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1998 Porto 85 (2)
1991–1992 Rio Ave (loan) 31 (2)
1998–2005 Sporting CP 192 (5)
2005–2006 Belenenses 15 (0)
Total 323 (9)
National team
1993–1994 Portugal U21 17 (0)
1994–2004 Portugal 45 (1)
Teams managed
2009 Belenenses
2010– Portugal U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rui Jorge de Sousa Dias Macedo de Oliveira, OIH (born 27 March 1973), known as Rui Jorge, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a left back, and the current manager of the Portugal national under-21 team.

During a 15-year professional career he spent 14 seasons in Primeira Liga, mainly in representation of Porto and Sporting, playing 292 games and scoring seven goals in the competition.

Rui Jorge appeared with Portugal at the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Rui Jorge was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District. Having emerged through local FC Porto, he made his professional debuts with Rio Ave F.C. in the second division, returning to his first club in 1992 after one season. Never an undisputed starter with the former (only appearing in more than 20 games twice during his six-year spell) he did help the northern side to five Primeira Liga championships and three domestic cups.

In July 1998, Rui Jorge signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he would remain for the following seven years, being first-choice during most of his stint and adding two more leagues to his trophy cabinet, with the double being conquered in 2002.[1] In the 2005–06 campaign he played with another Lisbon team, C.F. Os Belenenses, subsequently retiring from the game – aged 33, with more than 400 official appearances – and joining his final club's youth coaching staff.

In May 2009, Rui Jorge was appointed Belenenses' head coach for the final two matches of the season, taking over Jaime Pacheco after a 0–5 home loss against S.C. Braga, with the club eventually ranking second from bottom (being later reinstated). At the end of the campaign, he returned to the youth ranks.

International career[edit]

Rui Jorge played for the Portugal under-21 side which lost the 1994 UEFA European Championship final to Italy (1–2) and the Olympic team who finished fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[2] He also had 45 caps at full level, two for Porto and 43 for Sporting. His first game for the latter was a 0–0 draw with Norway on 20 April 1994, in a friendly match, and he represented his country at UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004.

In the 2010 summer, Rui Jorge replaced Oceano at the helm of the Portuguese under-21s. He led them to the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic after ten wins in as many matches in the qualifying phase,[3] and coached it to the second place in the finals after a penalty shootout loss to Sweden.[4]

Rui Jorge: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 September 2001 Camp d'Esports (Lleida), Lleida, Spain  Andorra 1–5 1–7 2002 World Cup qualification

Club statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1991–92 Rio Ave Segunda Liga 31 2
1992–93 Porto Primeira Liga 8 0
1993–94 23 0
1994–95 15 0
1995–96 22 2
1996–97 11 0
1997–98 6 0
1998–99 Sporting Primeira Liga 26 2
1999–00 34 2
2000–01 32 0
2001–02 30 0
2002–03 22 1
2003–04 29 0
2004–05 19 0
2005–06 Belenenses Primeira Liga 15 0
Total Portugal 323 9
Career total 323 9






  1. ^ "Rui Jorge – O esquerdino fiável de personalidade forte" [Rui Jorge – The reliable lefty with a strong personality] (in Portuguese). Sporting Canal. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Rui JorgeFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Portugal end group in perfect fashion;, 9 September 2014
  4. ^ "Sweden beat Portugal on penalties to win U21 title". 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rui Jorge". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

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