|Full name||Rui Carlos Jorge Pataca|
|Date of birth||8 May 1973|
|Place of birth||Luanda, Angola|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2000||→ Montpellier (loan)||11||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola, Pataca only started playing professional football at the age of 22, with A.D. Ovarense in the Portuguese second division, going on to play with S.C. Covilhã in both that and the third levels.
After an impressive season with F.C. Felgueiras in division two (18 goals), he signed for C.F. Belenenses in the top flight, scoring six times during half a season, his only with the club, as he finished the campaign with Montpellier HSC in the French Ligue 1, on loan, netting a further five goals in an eventual relegation, as 18th and last.
In the 2000 summer Pataca joined the Hérault side on a permanent basis, contributing with four goals for an immediate promotion back, and being irregularly used in the following top division seasons. He subsequently stayed in the country with US Créteil-Lusitanos, playing three seasons in Ligue 2 and two in the Championnat National; after only 14 games in his last two years combined, the 36-year-old retired from football.
After retiring, Pataca served as an assistant coach for his former club Créteil, under both Laurent Fournier and Hubert Velud. After two seasons, in May 2011, he was named manager of third level side Rodez AF.
- Les adieux de Rui Pataca (Rui Pataca bids farewell); Le Parisien, 25 May 2009 (French)
- "Rodez: Rui Pataca nouveau coach" [Rodez: Rui Pataca new coach] (in French). Foot-National. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.