Rui Pataca

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Rui Pataca
Personal information
Full name Rui Carlos Jorge Pataca
Date of birth (1973-05-08) 8 May 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1983–1984 Montijo
1984–1986 FC Areias
1987–1991 Alcochetense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Alcochetense
1993–1994 Comércio Indústria
1994 Salir
1995 Louletano
1995–1996 Ovarense 31 (5)
1996–1998 Covilhã 30 (10)
1998–1999 Felgueiras 33 (18)
1999–2000 Belenenses 19 (6)
2000 Montpellier (loan) 11 (5)
2000–2004 Montpellier 67 (14)
2004–2009 Créteil 97 (22)
Total 258 (68)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Créteil (assistant)
2011–2012 Rodez
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rui Carlos Jorge Pataca (born 8 May 1973) is a Portuguese retired football who played as a striker, and a manager.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

Manager career[edit]

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.[2]


  1. ^ Les adieux de Rui Pataca (Rui Pataca bids farewell); Le Parisien, 25 May 2009 (French)
  2. ^ "Rodez: Rui Pataca nouveau coach" [Rodez: Rui Pataca new coach] (in French). Foot-National. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

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