Paulo Bento

Paulo Bento

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Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento (born 20 June 1969; ) is a retired Portuguese footballer, and the current manager of Portugal.

A defensive midfielder with tackling ability and workrate as his main assets,; BBC Sport he played for two of the major three teams in his country, also playing four years in Spain. He represented the Portuguese national team in one FIFA World Cup and one UEFA European Football Championship.

Bento then took up a coaching career, managing Sporting Clube de Portugal during four years and four months, with relative success.

Playing career

Born in Lisbon, 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 top flight status), before moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he finished his career as a player. 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...
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