Capucho (footballer)

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gonçalves and the second or paternal family name is Rocha.
Personal information
Full name Nuno Fernando Gonçalves da Rocha
Date of birth (1972-02-21) 21 February 1972
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1984–1990 Gil Vicente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Gil Vicente 50 (2)
1992–1995 Sporting CP 65 (10)
1995–1997 Vitória Guimarães 65 (15)
1997–2003 Porto 188 (32)
2003–2004 Rangers 22 (5)
2004–2005 Celta 19 (0)
Total 409 (64)
National team
1991 Portugal U20 8 (1)
1992–1994 Portugal U21 20 (2)
1996–2002 Portugal 34 (2)
Teams managed
2010–2014 Porto (youth)
2014–2015 Porto B (assistant)
2015–2016 Varzim
2016 Rio Ave

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nuno Fernando Gonçalves da Rocha (born 21 February 1972), known as Capucho, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a winger, and a current manager.

Blessed with scoring and dribbling ability alike, he also displayed good defensive and tackling skills.[1] His 15-year professional career was mainly associated with Porto (although he also represented Sporting), with which he won a total of 13 major titles, having appeared in 368 Primeira Liga games in 13 seasons, scoring 59 goals.

For Portugal Capucho appeared in one World Cup and one European Championship, both in the early 2000s.

Club career

Capucho was born in Barcelos. After starting with hometown's Gil Vicente F.C. he moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he would be relatively used during his three-year spell, helping the Lisbon team to the 1995 Portuguese Cup.

After two seasons with Guimarães' Vitória SC, Capucho joined FC Porto, being a major part of a side that won three Primeira Liga titles and the 2002–03 UEFA Cup (starting in the final against Celtic[2]). His worst domestic output came precisely in that season, scoring four goals in 27 matches as the northerners won the treble.

Capucho would leave Porto prior to the conquest of the UEFA Champions League, having appeared in nearly 250 official games with the club. He retired in 2004 at the age of 32, after unassuming spells with Rangers – in a campaign completely devoid of silveware[3]– and Celta de Vigo (in the Spanish Segunda División).

Capucho returned to Porto in the 2007 summer, being charged with training its junior sides for several years. His first job at the professional level occurred in 2015–16, when he led newly promoted Varzim S.C. to the ninth place (from 24 teams) in the Segunda Liga; he subsequently moved to the top flight with neighbours Rio Ave FC,[4] being fired in early November 2016 due to poor results.

International career

With 34 caps for Portugal, Capucho played more defensively for the nation than while at Porto,[1] appearing at UEFA Euro 2000 (two late substitute appearances and a start against Germany, when Portugal was already qualified[5]) and 2002 FIFA World Cup (replacing Sérgio Conceição in the 4–0 thrashing of Poland[6]). After Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as national team boss in early 2003, he was never called again.

In 1991, Capucho only missed one game as the under-20s (which also included João Vieira Pinto, Rui Costa and Luís Figo) won the FIFA World Cup, played on home soil.[7][8]

Capucho: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 June 1999 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Slovakia 1–0 1–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
2 2 June 2000 Estádio Municipal de Chaves, Chaves, Portugal  Wales 3–0 3–0 Friendly






  1. 1 2 2002 World Cup profile; BBC Sport
  2. UEFA Cup final player ratings; BBC Sport, 21 May 2003
  3. Capucho joins Rangers; BBC Sport, 17 June 2003
  4. "Nuno Capucho apresentado como treinador do Rio Ave" [Nuno Capucho presented as manager of Rio Ave] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. "Conceição hat-trick ousts holders Germany". 6 October 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  6. "Portugal back on track". BBC Sport. 10 June 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  7. CapuchoFIFA competition record
  8. "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
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