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Paulo Bento
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Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento
Date of birth June 20, 1969 (1969-06-20) (age 40)
Place of birth    Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Futebol Benfica
Estrela Amadora
Vitória Guimarães
Sporting CP

37 (0)
95 (13)
49 (2)
136 (4)
92 (2)   
National team
1992–2002 Portugal 35 (0)
Teams managed
Sporting CP (juniors)
Sporting CP

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 5 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento (born 20 June 1969 in Lisbon; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpaulu ˈbẽtu]) is a former Portuguese footballer and a current manager.

A defensive midfielder with tackling ability and workrate as his main assets,[1] he played for two of the major three teams in his country, also having a steady spell abroad in Spain. He then took up a coaching career, managing Sporting Clube de Portugal during four years and four months, with relative success.


Playing career

Bento played for C.F. Estrela da Amadora, Vitória de Guimarães, S.L. Benfica and had a four-year abroad spell with La Liga side Real Oviedo (helping the Asturias outfit to always maintain its topflight status), before moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he finished his career as a player.[2] With Sporting, he was part of the star-studded team that achieved the double in 2002, under the direction of Laszlo Bölöni, playing alongside João Vieira Pinto and Mário Jardel, among others.

He had 35 caps for the Portuguese national team, his first game coming on 15 January 1992, in a 0–0 draw with Spain; his last was the 0–1 loss to South Korea, on 14 June 2002, in the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. He also played at UEFA Euro 2000 where, along with teammates Abel Xavier and Nuno Gomes, he was suspended (in Bento's case for five months) due to bad behavior, during the semi-final loss with France.[3]

Managing career


Sporting (2005 to 2009)

After an emotional 2004 retirement, aged 35, Bento got the job of Sporting's youth team coach. He won the junior championship in 2005, and developed a base to the future. After the sacking of José Peseiro, midway through 2005–06, he was promoted to first-team duties, a somewhat surprising decision given his relatively little experience in management. To most observers, he was seen as an interim at the post, handling the team until a more prestigious manager was found.

Despite a slow start, Bento managed an impressive turnaround of Sporting's fortunes in the second half of the season, as a series of 10 consecutive wins placed Sporting within touching distance of then-leaders and eventual league champions F.C. Porto, as Sporting came second in that and the following season, achieving direct UEFA Champions League qualification. He was now firmly established as a top flight manager.

In June 2007, Bento signed a two-year contract-extension.[4] Using the former experience in the youth team, he began building a strong squad using players from Sporting's famed youth academy. Under his supervision, highly rated young players such as Nani, João Moutinho and Miguel Veloso, all of them raised in Sporting's youth roster, bursted into the spotlight. During the 2006–07 campaign, Bento's team challenged for the Portuguese League title until the final day of the season, finishing runners-up to Porto, by a single point. He would lead Sporting on a successful Portuguese Cup campaign, culminating in a 1–0 victory in the final against C.F. Os Belenenses. Bento would later on lead Sporting to capture the Portuguese Supercup in 2007, beating champions Porto in the final (1–0).

Sporting had a turbulent pre-season in preparation for the 2007–08 campaign. Defense mainstays Rodrigo Tello and Marco Caneira left the club, while Portuguese international keeper Ricardo was sold to Real Betis. With little resources to invest, Sporting brought Eastern promises: Simon Vukčević, Marat Izmailov and Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković aboard.

After a very irregular season, Bento managed to lead Sporting to an unprecedented third consecutive qualification for the Champions League, with another second-place finish. Despite spending most of the season below third place, Sporting managed to pip rivals Guimarães and Benfica in the final match day of the league season to secure Champions League football once again. In the same season, Bento also retained the domestic cup, beating Porto in the final (2–0 after extra time), after knocking-out eternal rivals Benfica in the last four, with a 5–3 triumph.

Bento's team broke a number of long-standing club records, including the first season without home defeats since 1987, the first capture of back-to-back Portuguese cups since 1974 and the first time since 1962 that Sporting finished three consecutive seasons in the top two league positions. At the age of 38, Bento also became only the fifth manager in the history of Portuguese football to win back-to-back Portuguese cups (alongside the likes of Janos Biri, John Mortimore or José Maria Pedroto).

On 15 July 2008, The Sun and the Daily Telegraph reported that Manchester United were planning to hire Bento (reportedly Cristiano Ronaldo's friend and former team-mate) as manager Sir Alex Ferguson's new assistant after the departure of previous number two Carlos Queiroz to manage the Portuguese national team.[5] Bento quickly denied any speculation and reaffirmed his intention to stay at Sporting.[6]

In preparation for the the 2008–09 season, Bento was given leeway to add a number of experienced players to his squad. In this manner, Fábio Rochemback and Caneira completed their return to Sporting, while Hélder Postiga swapped Porto for the Lisbon club. Furthermore, Sporting acquired the footballing rights for Marat Izmailov and Leandro Grimi, while successfully fending off widespread interest in their high-rated youngsters Moutinho and Veloso.

On 16 August 2008, Bento managed Sporting to a clear 2–0 victory in the Supercup over champions Porto, at the opening of the new campaign.[7] One of the players that Bento has kept in the team despite heavy criticism, Rui Patrício, was a key element and saved a crucial penalty from Lucho González during the second half.[8] This win raised Bento's tally in cup finals against counterpart Jesualdo Ferreira to 3–0 (2007 and 2008 Supercups, and the 2008 Portuguese Cup).[9] Additionally, it marked the first ever capture of back-to-back Portuguese Supercups in Sporting's history, thus adding to the list of club records broken during Bento's tenure.

Already the second most successful manager in the history of the club in terms of trophies won (only surpassed by the legendary Josef Szabo), Bento gained the nickname "Papa-Taças" (roughly translated as "cup-eater") as a consequence of the four pieces of silverware added to Sporting's cabinet under his command.[10]

On 4 November 2008, Bento managed Sporting to a 1–0 home win over FC Shakhtar Donetsk, therefore mathematically securing automatic qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history. In the process, his team also broke the club's record number of points in UEFA's main competition (nine) and remarkably did so with two matches to spare, becoming the first team to qualify from the group stages in 2008–09 (alongside FC Barcelona, from the same group).[11][12] Later he would also lead Sporting to break the (unremarkable) record for most goals suffered by a team in a Champions League knockout round, after a 12–1 aggregate ousting at the hands of FC Bayern Munich, at the round of 16. In the league, another second place to FC Porto, with the season also featuring the controversial League Cup final loss against Benfica, on penalties.[13]

That heavy Champions League ousting marked the beginning of fan discontent towards Bento, especially regarding the team's playing style (which was perceived as becoming dull and unattractive) [14]continued until the end of the season, where presidential elections were held. Supported by the winning candidate José Eduardo Bettencourt, Bento signed a two-year contract extension; in spite of maintaining the same base squad and adding the talent of Matías Fernández or Felipe Caicedo, Sporting was unable to start the season brightly. Knocked out in the Champions League playoff round by ACF Fiorentina on away goals,[15] the club's form slumped quickly and after nine matches the Lions found themselves mired in 7th place, 12 points adrift from leaders Sporting de Braga.

After a 1-1 home draw in the UEFA Europa League group stage against Latvian side FK Ventspils on November 5, 2009, and facing considerable pressure to step down, Bento resigned as manager of Sporting.[16][17] His tenure at the helm of Sporting's football team was the second longest ever in the history of the club and was marked by a strong style but also by a cult of more defensive approaches to the game. When he left Alvalade stadium he went to Restautant Os Courenses and eat Rice of Lobstar. No dia 9 de Janeiro de 2010, voltou ao Os Courenses para comer duas doses de Arros de Lagosta depois do Tonel marcar o golo da vitoria frente ao Leixões.





  1. ^ Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
  2. ^ Bento to join Sporting Lisbon; BBC Sport, 30 May 2000
  3. ^ UEFA suspends Portuguese trio; BBC Sport, 2 July 2000
  4. ^ Bento refreshes Sporting ties
  5. ^ "Man Utd turn to Paulo Bento in search for new assistant". Retrieved 2008-08-18.  
  6. ^ "Bento dismisses Man Utd talk".,19528,11661_3823049,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-18.  
  7. ^ "Djalo fires Sporting to Supercup win". Retrieved 2008-08-18.  
  8. ^ "Sporting beat Porto in Portuguese Super Cup". Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  9. ^ "Bento-3, Jesualdo-0" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  10. ^ "Bento accepts "Papa-taças" nickname". Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  11. ^ "Bento basks in Sporting success". Retrieved 2008-11-04.  
  12. ^ "Derlei sparks Sporting celebrations". Retrieved 2008-11-04.  
  13. ^ "Quim the hero of Benfica triumph". Retrieved 2009-11-06.  
  14. ^ "Crise no Sporting: todos admitem, poucos assumem e ninguem reage (Sporting crisis: all admit, few acknowledge, none react)" (in Portuguese). sitedeapoio. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  15. ^ "Viola find edge to go through". Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  16. ^ "Paulo Bento demitiu-se (Paulo Bento resigned)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  17. ^ "Bento calls time on Sporting tenure". Retrieved 2009-11-04.  

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