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Rui Barros
Personal information
Full name Rui Gil Soares de Barros
Date of birth November 24, 1965 (1965-11-24) (age 44)
Place of birth    Paredes, Portugal
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
 ? (?)
23 (6)
34 (12)
60 (14)
81 (14)
17 (4)
134 (25)   
National team
1987–1996 Portugal 36 (4)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Rui Gil Soares de Barros (born 24 November 1965) is a former Portuguese footballer and is currently an assistant manager to Jesualdo Ferreira for Portuguese Liga club FC Porto. The short-statured offensive midfielder is often regarded as the best Portuguese football player of his generation, after Paulo Futre.


Football Player Career

Barros first played for Covilhã, on loan from FC Porto, for the season of 1985-86, but was transferred to Varzim SC, a minor I Division team in Póvoa de Varzim, the following season. Here, he was noticed by the Portuguese national team and made his debut on 29 March 1987 in Funchal, Madeira, a qualifying match for UEFA Euro 1988. The result was a dramatic 2-2 draw against the weak squad of Malta. Barros played during the second half and would go on to have 36 caps for the national team over the next nine years, scoring four goals. He was considered the Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1988.

The following season, he moved back to FC Porto and achieved the status of a leading man in the team that won both the Intercontinental Cup against Peñarol in 1987 and the European Supercup against the Dutch team AFC Ajax.

Barros then signed with Juventus in Italy for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. While he was a leading figure for this team, the Portuguese national team missed the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup by a few points. When that season was over, he moved again and joined AS Monaco, where he signed for the 1990-91 season but ended up staying through 1993. In Monaco, he lost a Cup Winners Cup final to the German team Werder Bremen in 1992 and was transferred to the French team Olympique de Marseille for the 1993-94 season, a difficult time for Barros, due to the team relegation to the French II Division after a fixed results scandal.

Finally in 1994-95, he returned to play for FC Porto for the third time, were he spent the final years of his career. He wasn't in the best shape of his career but was a regular player for Porto, who won five National Champions titles in a row from 1994-95 to 1998-99. Barros officially left professional football after the 1999-2000 season at the age of 34.

He played a few more times for the Portuguese national team after his return to Portugal, and for many, it was a terrible injustice that coach António Oliveira preferred the young and soon-forgotten player Hugo Porfírio over him as one of the members of the national team that went to the UEFA Euro 1996 finals in England.

He had two more games for Portugal national team the following season. The last game he played ended in a 0-0 draw with Germany in Lisbon on 14 December 1996 in the World Cup qualifying stages, aged 31.

Coach career

Barros is now working as an assistant coach at FC Porto. After Co Adriaanse resigned as manager of the club in August 2006 during the preseason, he became the temporary manager for two games: one win against Portsmouth (2-1) and one win against Manchester City (1-0), both of England.

Barros coached Porto in the Portuguese Super Cup match against Vitória de Setubal in what was his first trophy as a head coach. The manager position was taken over by Jesualdo Ferreira, with Barros staying in as assistant manager.

Club honours


FC Porto


AS Monaco

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