Rui Esteves

Rui Esteves
Personal information
Full name Rui Manuel Guerreiro Nobre Esteves
Date of birth (1967-01-30) 30 January 1967
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1983–1985 Real Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Torreense
1986–1988 Olhanense
1988–1990 Louletano 45 (2)
1990–1991 Farense 6 (0)
1991–1992 Louletano 29 (0)
1992–1993 Torreense 31 (6)
1993–1994 Vitória Setúbal 28 (2)
1994–1995 Benfica 2 (0)
1995Birmingham City (loan) 0 (0)
1995–1997 Belenenses 57 (3)
1998–1999 Daewoo Royals 10 (0)
2000 Beijing Guoan 0 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Fazendense
2002–2003 Alcochetense
2004 Olivais Moscavide
2004 Sintrense
2005 Beira-Mar Monte Gordo
2005–2006 Portosantense
2006 Maia
2006–2007 Torreense
2008–2009 Fabril
2009–2010 Farense

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

Rui Manuel Guerreiro Nobre Esteves (born 30 January 1967) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 93 games and five goals over the course of five seasons, in representation of Farense, Vitória de Setúbal, Benfica and Belenenses.


Born in Lisbon, Esteves made his professional debuts at the age of 18, playing for several teams in the Portuguese second division, most of them hailing from the Algarve region: S.C.U. Torreense, S.C. Olhanense and Louletano DC. His top level debuts occurred in the 1990–91 season, but he played just six times for S.C. Farense and resumed his career in the second level, representing old acquaintances Louletano and Torreense.

Late in 1994, after having helped Vitória de Setúbal finish sixth in the top flight, Esteves earned himself a transfer to S.L. Benfica, but never settled with his hometown side, playing for a third club in the campaign as he was loaned to England's Birmingham City.

He returned to Portugal in the following summer, playing two years for Benfica neighbours C.F. Os Belenenses, also in division one, and closed out his career at 33 after spells in Asia, with K-League's Daewoo Royals and in the Chinese Jia-A League with Beijing Guoan.

In 2001 Esteves began working as a coach, starting with Associação Desportiva Fazendense and going on to work with Grupo Desportivo Alcochetense and C.D. Olivais e Moscavide in the following two years. In December 2008 he was appointed at G.D. Fabril,[1][2] and never managed in higher than the third division.


  1. "Rog-Rut" (in Portuguese). Liga de Honra. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  2. "Rui Esteves é o novo treinador do GDF" [Rui Esteves is new GDF manager] (in Portuguese). G.D. Fabril. 21 December 2008. Archived from the original on June 23, 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
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