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Nuno Espírito Santo

Personal information
Full name Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo
Date of birth (1974-01-25) 25 January 1974
Place of birth São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Valencia (coach)
Youth career
1985–1986 Santoantoniense
1986–1987 Quimigal
1987–1991 Caçadores Torreenses
1991–1992 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Vitória Guimarães 34 (0)
1993–1994 Vila Real (loan) 19 (0)
1997–2002 Deportivo La Coruña 4 (0)
1998–2000 Mérida (loan) 69 (0)
2000–2001 Osasuna (loan) 33 (0)
2002–2004 Porto 6 (0)
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow 11 (0)
2007 Aves 15 (0)
2007–2010 Porto 8 (0)
Total 199 (0)
National team
1994–1996 Portugal U21 3 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Rio Ave
2014– Valencia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo (born 25 January 1974), known as simply Nuno, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current manager of Valencia CF.

During his career he first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years. He later represented Porto in his country, albeit with little impact, and also played professionally in Russia.

Nuno was part of the Portuguese squad at Euro 2008, but never won a cap for the national team. In 2012, he became a manager.


  • Playing career 1
  • Manager career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Player 3.1
      • Team 3.1.1
      • Individual 3.1.2
    • Manager 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Born in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, Nuno started his football career with Vitória Sport Clube in Guimarães, battling from age 20 with veteran Neno for first-choice status. In January 1997 he was acquired by La Liga's Deportivo de La Coruña, but would spend three of his six seasons in Galicia on loan, backing up Jacques Songo'o (1996–98) and José Francisco Molina (2001–02) when he was part of the team.

In the 1999–2000 season, as he represented CP Mérida in the Spanish second division, Nuno won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy and helped the side finish sixth, but it would be relegated to the third level due to irregularities.[1]

  • Nuno Espírito Santo at
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • Coach stats at ForaDeJogo
  • Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol profile

External links

  1. ^ "El primer fichaje de la factoría Jorge Mendes" [First signing of Jorge Mendes factory] (in Spanish).  
  2. ^ "Venda do passe do jogador Jorge Andrade" [Player Jorge Andrade's pass sold] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "F.C. Porto: Nuno é mais que um guarda-redes" [F.C. Porto: Nuno is more than a goalkeeper] (in Portuguese).  
  4. ^ "Nuno é o substituto de Quim" [Nuno replaces Quim] (in Portuguese).  
  5. ^ Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD (FC Porto announcement – Football, SAD); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Nuno Espírito Santo: 'Sou e serei Porto!' (Nuno Espírito Santo: 'I am and will be Porto!'); FC Porto, 21 June 2010 (Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Nuno Espírito Santo é o novo treinador" [Nuno Espírito Santo is the new manager] (in Portuguese).  
  8. ^ "Nuno Espírito Santo feliz com 2.ª final da época" [Nuno Espírito Santo happy with second final of season] (in Portuguese). Record. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "#BenvingutNuno Nuno Espírito Santo firma su contrato como nuevo entrenador del Valencia CF" [#WelcomeNuno Nuno Espírito Santo signs contract as new Valencia CF manager] (in Spanish).  


Rio Ave







Nuno signed a one-year contract with Valencia CF in La Liga on 4 July 2014, replacing fired Juan Antonio Pizzi.[9]

In May 2012, top-divisioner Rio Ave F.C. sacked manager Carlos Brito and announced the appointment of Nuno.[7] In his second season in charge, he qualified the team to both the Portuguese Cup and League Cup finals,[8] also taking it to the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history.

On 21 June 2010, Porto announced Nuno's contract would not be renewed.[5] The 36-year-old said he would always support Porto as he left.[6] After his retirement he rejoined former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, moving to Málaga CF as a goalkeeping coach; the pair signed for Panathinaikos FC in November 2010.

Manager career

Uncapped, Nuno was called to the Portuguese squad competing in UEFA Euro 2008, replacing the injured Quim.[4] During the 2008–09 season he again played second-fiddle to Helton appearing in only four games, but was the starter throughout the domestic cup campaign, including the final win (1–0) against F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Again in January, in 2007, Nuno returned to Portugal, for a stint with C.D. Aves, eventually relegated from the top flight. In July he returned to Porto, backing up Brazilian Helton during most of his spell.

. FC Dynamo Moscow's Russian Premier League; however, in January, he was sold to Once Caldas against victory penalty shootout final Intercontinental Cup of the extra time during Vítor Baía On 12 December 2004, he replaced club great [3].7–0 home routing, scoring the club's last goal in a penalty kick to convert a José Mourinho, he was allowed by manager Varzim SC match against Portuguese Cup During a 2003 [2]

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