Rui Jorge

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Rui Jorge
Personal information
Full name Rui Jorge Sousa Dias M. Oliveira
Date of birth (1973-03-27) 27 March 1973 (age 41)
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 10 (0)
1994–2004 Portugal 45 (1)
Teams managed
2009 Belenenses
2010– Portugal U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rui Jorge de Sousa Dias Macedo de Oliveira (born 27 March 1973), known as Rui Jorge, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left defender. He is currently a coach.

In a 15-year professional career he spent 14 seasons in the top division, mainly in representation of Porto and Sporting, playing in 292 league games with seven goals scored.

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 and national giants F.C. 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 Porto (only appearing in more than 20 games twice during his six-year spell) he did help the northern side to five national championships and three domestic cups.

In July 1998 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. 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 teams 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 Sporting de 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 Portuguese U-21 side which lost the 1994 European Championship final to Italy (1–2) and the Olympic team who finished fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[1]

He also had 45 caps at full level, two for Porto and 43 for Sporting. His first game 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.

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

Honours[edit]

Porto
Sporting

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 Second Division 31 2
1992–93 Porto Portuguese League 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 Portuguese League 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 Portuguese League 15 0
Total Portugal 323 9
Career total 323 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rui JorgeFIFA competition record

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