Paulo Bento

Paulo Bento

Coach

A fierce competitor and recognized by all as a strong leader with highly regarded development skills, Paulo Bento is a strong option for any job at club or international level, with proven results in a young but almost unparalleled career.

South Korea

Biography

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Club: South Korea

Career

2018/- - South Korea

2018 - Chongqing Lifan

2016/17 - Olympiacos

2016 - Cruzeiro

2011/14 - Portugal

2005/10 - Sporting CP

2004/05 - Sporting CP (Sub-19)

Presentation

At age 48, Paulo Bento is one of the more experienced coaches of the new generation, not only at club level, but mostly at the international stage, after his successful spell as Portugal’s manager. Ending a prestigious career as a player in 2004 (multiple titles with Benfica, Oviedo and Sporting CP, as well as a long term starter for the national team), Paulo Bento took over as coach for the Sporting CP U-19 team, immediately winning a national championship. In his second season, he was called over to the first team, replacing José Peseiro, and developing Sporting CP into a true contender: four second place finishes, in fierce battles with rivals Benfica and FC Porto, in spite of a significantly lower budget, achieving, as well, the club’s best results ever in the Champions League big stage. In September 2010 Paulo Bento took over as Portugal’s manager, when the team was in serious trouble, struggling to qualify for the 2012 European Championships. His leadership skills had an immediate impact on the team, not only making the cut to the final tournament, but displaying dominant football and falling only to the world champions Spain: Paulo Bento’s Portugal was the only squad that managed to terminate Spain’s dominance in ball possession and the semi-final clash was only decided in a penalty shootout. Paulo Bento continued his work with another successful qualifying tournament, taking Portugal to the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, but failed to get past the group stage in the final tournament. A fierce competitor and recognized by all as a strong leader with highly regarded development skills, Paulo Bento is a strong option for any job at club or international level, with proven results in a young but almost unparalleled career. As manager of Olympiacos, Paulo made another impressive statement of his skills, launching his team no another Greek League title. Paulo Bento is now in charge of the South Korean national team, with his eyes firmly set on the 2022 World Cup.