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Who is Rui Bento, Kuwait national football team's head coach

Published at :June 4, 2024 at 7:43 PM
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Manav Chowdhury

Kuwait under Bento have performed well in their recent matches.

Rui Bento is a former Portuguese footballer who played mostly as a central defender, currently serving as the manager of the Kuwait national team. Over 13 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 321 matches and five goals, representing mainly Boavista.

He managed S.C. Beira-Mar and Tondela in the top flight and spent several years coaching Portugal’s youth teams. He managed the U-16,17,18,19 and U-20 Portugal national teams. He is very well known for working with young players as with the Kuwait national team as well he gave opportunities to youngsters.

Who is Rui Bento?

Manager Profile: Who is Rui Bento, Kuwait's Head coach.
Rui Bento in a press conference

Rui Bento is a Portuguese football manager who is currently the Head Coach of the Kuwait National Team. Rui has vast experience in football coaching, he has coached in many different countries which include, including his home country Portugal, Thailand and Kuwait.

Rui have more experience as a youth football coach who has managed many youth teams, especially from Portugal. He is known for his attractive style of play and likes to have more ball possession.

Work Experience

Rui Bento retired from his playing career at the age of 32 and started coaching at lowly Académico de Viseu FC. After that, he went on to manage lower-division clubs like, Barreirense, Penafiel, and Boavista and finally he got his first major coaching project of managing the Portugal U-17 team. Later on, he managed more youth teams in Portugal which included U-16 and U-18 teams. He became the manager of Beira-Mar but his team didn’t perform well and he resigned after a few months.

Rui got his first managerial gig outside of Portugal in Thailand where he coached Bangkok United but after poor results, he was released from his duties. Once again Rui started to score for the youth team of Portugal this time he also coached the U-19 and U-20s. In 2022 he once again decided to come back to Asia and now this time in the Middle East region to manage the Blue Waves as the National Team’s Head Coach.


The Portuguese manager likes to play an attractive style of play and he is focusing a lot on possession and positional play. He likes to use the formation 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, he also likes his team to build up from the back slowly as he wants his players to attract opposition to create space and then attack it.

Against strong and superior opposition he is more flexible enough to sit back and attack on counter. He does not shy away from compromising his philosophy to get results. Overall he is a coach who focuses more on tactics.

Career Highlights

Bento played for the Portugal Senior National team six times, also he played for Portugal’s U-20 and U-21. Bento also played Olympic football, helping the national side to finish fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. As a player, he won Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Supertaca.

He also coached a lot of Portugal youth teams and managed in the Youth European Championship.

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