Nuno Espirito Santo Biography

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He has been named as manager of the month of the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga several times. In this article, we will take a look at Nuno Espirito Santo biography.

Nuno Espírito Santo, born 25 January 1974 in São Tomé, Portugal, is a Portuguese footballer and coach who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently in charge of Tottenham. Porto employed him in July 2002 and he played in the team that won the 2003-04 Champions League under Jose Mourinho, and later he replaced Vítor Baía in the Intercontinental Cup against Once Caldas.

Having played for Dinamo Moscow and Desportivo das Aves, he moved back to Porto in the 2007-08 season, remaining there until he retired at Porto in 2009-10. In his entire 259 career appearances, Nuno scored only one goal from the penalty spot in the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup versus Varzim, on 8 March 2003.

Though he has never played for the senior Portuguese national team, during Euro 2008 he was called to replace Quim, who picked up an injury on the eve of the start of the competition.

He became head coach of Rio Ave beginning in June 2012. He stayed at the Viola team until July 2014, when he was employed by Spanish club Valencia for a season. He finished fourth in the 2014-15 La Liga in his first year. The club further renewed his contract in 2018 in January 2015.

All You Need to Know About Nuno Espirito Santo Biography

Nevertheless, on 30 November of the same year, he terminated his contract by mutual agreement, and on 1 June 2016 was appointed as Porto's new manager, a role he kept until 22 May 2017. He joined Wolverhampton in the same year, remaining there for four years, before joining Tottenham in 2021.

Nuno Espirito Santo Information

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Nuno Espirito biography

we will share more general information about him such as

Nuno Espirito nationality

to let you know him even better.

Nuno Espirito Santo Bio

  • Full Name: Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo

  • Nickname: O Substituto

  • Profession: Professional Football Coach

Nuno Espirito Physical Stats

  • Weight: 84 Kg

  • Height: 1.88 m

  • Eye Color: Black

  • Hair Color: Grey

Nuno Espirito Santo Football Information

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Jersey Number: 13

  • Professional Debut: 1992

Nuno Espirito Santo Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 25 January 1974

  • Birth Place: São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

  • Nationality: Portuguese

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Nuno Espirito Santo Early Life

Nuno Espírito Santos' professional career started in the 1992/93 season with Vitória Guimarães in northern Portugal, playing there until 1996, before being recruited by

Deportivo La Coruña

of Spain. After only one season, however, he went on loan to CP Mérida until the end of the 1999/2000 season.

Subsequently, he was loaned out for another season, this time to

CA Osasuna

, when CP Mérida had to stop playing because of economic problems. He returned to play for Deportivo La Coruña from the 2001/02 season, during which he also made a number of appearances in the Spanish league and Champions League.

Espírito Santo transferred from La Coruña to

FC Porto

for three million euros in July 2002. It was at Porto, under

José Mourinho

, where he enjoyed the most successful spell of his professional playing career, as he was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup, Portuguese league and cup in 2003, and the UEFA Champions League and Portuguese league again in 2004.

He also won the World Cup against Once Caldas at the end of the year. He was substituted in that game for Vitor Baía, who had been injured during the match.

In early 2005, he transferred to Russia to join Dynamo Moscow, although he did not establish himself as a first-team player. He returned to Portugal in the 2006/07 season to join promoted Desportivo


, without being able to avoid relegation. He moved back to FC Porto at the start of the 2007/08 season, where he immediately became Portuguese champion again. After the 2009/10 season, he ended his career.

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Portugal national team

Espírito Santo was named in the


squad for the 2008 European Championship after backup goalkeeper Quim suffered a wrist injury. Nevertheless, he failed to make an appearance in the tournament and never played a senior match for Portugal afterwards.

Nuno Espirito Santo Profile

The Portuguese club Rio Ave announced the termination of Carlos Brito's contract in May 2012 as a result of the team's underperformance. Nuno Espirito Santo replaced him as head coach. On 18 August 2012, he coached Rio Ave for the first time, in a home match which ended in a 0-1 defeat against CS Marítimo.

However, the next week, to everyone’s surprise, Nuno Espirito Santo and his team were able to secure a 0-1 away win against Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Between 26 September and 4 November 2012,

Rio Ave

was unbeaten for seven consecutive matches in the league, Taca de Portugal and the Allianz Cup.

With 42 points in 30 matches, Rio Ave finished the 2012-13 season in the 7th place, only three points short of making it to the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers Third Round.

Nuno's second season as coach saw the team end the league in 11th place with just 32 points, which was much lower than their previous season, but on the other hand, they were able to reach the Portuguese Cup final, in which they lost narrowly to Benfica, and the Portuguese League Cup final, which, incidentally, they also lost 2-0 to the Lisbon club.

At the end of the season, they finished eleventh and qualified for the Europa League in the third qualifying round for the first time. He left the team at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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Nuno Espirito Santo joined Spanish club


on 4 July 2014, signing a one-year contract as head coach. In January 2015, however, the Portuguese professional coach agreed to renew his contract with the club until 2018.

The Valencia club finished the 2014/2015 season in fourth place in La Liga, which allowed the club to reach the Champions League play-off round. In addition, he was awarded the Spanish league Coach of the Month award three times.

On 29 November 2015, Nuno was sacked because of his team's poor results: with 19 points, Valencia was ninth in the league table and was still in with a chance of making it out of Group H of the

Champions League



He was appointed head coach of FC Porto on 1 June 2016. The very first match that he sat on the bench of Porto was played on 12 August 2016, against his former team Rio Ave, which finished in a 1-3 away win for Porto.

Nuno and Porto’s first defeat of the season came on the third matchday of the league against Sporting CP, where they were beaten 2-1. Porto’s second defeat in the league came almost eight months later when they were defeated 3-1 against Moreirense FC in the last matchday of the league season.

After a 4-1 aggregate win over AS Roma, Porto and Nuno were able to qualify for the UEFA Champions League finals of that season. They were drawn in Group G alongside Leicester City, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen.

With two draws, three wins (including a surprise 5-0 win against English side Leicester City) and one defeat, they were second in their group with 11 points and made it to the Round of 16. At this stage, they had to face Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus, but with a 2-0 defeat at home and another 1-0 loss at Turin, they were knocked out of the Champions League.

At the end of the season, the team finished second at the end of the season under the guidance of Nuno. Porto and Nuno mutually agreed to end their relationship on 22 May 2017.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nuno was appointed to lead English Championship club

Wolverhampton Wanderers

on 31 May 2017, after signing a three-year contract.

He took the team to the English Premier League for the first time since being relegated in the 2011/12 season. Having made the team champions with two games to go, the team management renewed his contract until 2021.

Espirito Santo received the award for best coach of the month in the English Premier League after his side scored ten points in four games and conceded just one goal.

Wolverhampton ended the 2018/19 season in seventh place; which was the club's highest ranking in the English Premier League, having previously finished sixth in the English Football League on one occasion during the 1979/80 season. They also qualified to play in the Europa League for the first time since the 1980/81 season.

Nunu was awarded coach of the month in the English Premier League for the second time on 10 July 2020, following a run of five games without a defeat from the beginning of March to the end of June.

During the 2019/20 season, Espírito Santo's team finished in seventh place for the second season in a row with a record 59 points for the team, before reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League, in which the English side lost 1-0 to Spanish club Sevilla. It was the club's best result since their UEFA Cup final in 1971/1972.

The Portuguese coach's contract was extended again on 13 September 2020 until 2023 by the club's management. He was named Premier League Coach of the Month in October after going four games without defeat, which included three victories without conceding a goal over Fulham (1-0), Leeds (1-0), and Crystal Palace (2-0).

Tottenham Hotspur

Nuno Espírito Santo was hired as head coach of London club

Tottenham Hotspur

on 30 June 2021. His contract has been signed until 2023. He had previously held talks at the club's training ground with Daniel Levy and newly-appointed sporting director Fabio Paratici.

Having newly signed for Tottenham, in his first match, Nuno Espirito Santo surprisingly managed to clinch a 1-0 win over the Manchester City of

Pep Guardiola

in the opening match of the 2021-22 English Premier League season.

His first defeat of the season in the league came on the 4th matchday when Tottenham suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace.

After a 3-1 aggregate win against the Portuguese club FC Paços de Ferreira, the club made it to the Champions League, where they drew 2-2 against Stade Rennais FC in their first group match. Now stay tuned to this section of Nuno Espirito biography as we want to share some info about his coaching career.

Style of Play

Nuno Espírito Santo, since his arrival in Wolverhampton in 2017 from Porto, scaled his starting 11 in a 3-4-3 and could change to a 5-4-1 in defence. That tactical formation worked very well at Wolverhampton, as he was able to record good results there.

On the other hand, the wingers, integrated into the midfield alongside central midfielders, forming the line of 4 in the centre. The only striker of the team had few defensive attributions and stayed ahead as a reference for the fast transition.

In a stronger team like Porto and now and Tottenham Hotspur, however, we have seen Nuno’s team play more attacking football using systems like 4-3-3 attacking and 4-4-2 diamond.


Although he was not able to develop as much as he liked as a player, especially on the international level, as a coach, in the last 9 years that he has started his career in coaching, Nuno has managed to establish himself as one of the most talented football coaches out there and in the following years, we will surely hear more about him.

Nuno Espirito Santo outside Football

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers' coach received an honorary doctorate from the city university in 2019 in tribute to the club's success. The honorary degree was awarded to him ahead of Wolves' last home game of the 2018-19 season at the Molineux Stadium against Fulham.

The University of Wolverhampton revealed in a statement that the Portuguese coach was made an Honorary Doctor of Sport due to his sporting achievements over the past two seasons in charge of Wolverhampton.

"In two years, Nuno has truly transformed Wolves. His debut season at Molineux was a success, as he led the club to promotion and the Championship title, and now there is a successful start to the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley," praised vice-chancellor, Geoff Layer.

Nuno Espirito Santo Personal Life

In this section of Nuno Espirito biography, we will take a deeper look into his personal life and share some information about things like

Nuno Espirito life story


Nuno Espirito religion

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Family, Children and Relationships

Nuno Espírito Santo, who is 47 years old now, has been married to Sandra for over two decades. The current Tottenham Hotspur head coach has three children: Inês, 24, João Nuno, 20 and Beatriz, 16.


So far during his career, the famous Portuguese trainer has always participated in several charity projects. In early 2021, while he was still coaching Wolverhampton Wanderers, took part in the Feed Our Pack project of the Wolves Foundation to help tackle poverty and donated 250 thousand pounds.

Legal Issues

Other than being fined by the English FA because of improper conduct when criticizing the referee, there are no reports of any legal issues or disputes regarding Nuno Espirito Santo at the time of writing this article in English or Portuguese media.

Nuno Espirito Santo Career Statistics

In this section of Nuno Espirito biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.


Although never a first-choice goalkeeper in so many of the teams he has played for, between 1992 and 2010, Nuno Espirito Santo appeared in a total of 199 league matches for various European clubs in Portugal,







Having played in the Portugal national youth ranks in the 1990s, he was called up to the senior national team on several occasions, but as a reserve keeper, he never got the chance to play. He has also made 3 appearances for the Portugal B team.


As of 16 September 2021, Nuno Espirito Santo has managed five clubs in Portugal, Spain and England in a total of 397 matches and has a 47.86 percent win ratio with 190 wins, 99 draws and 108 defeats.

Nuno Espirito Santo Honors

As a player, after winning the Copa del Rey with Deportivo, he went on to clinch many titles with Porto, including the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

The only trophy that he has managed to win as a head coach is the 2017-18 EFL Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The list of his individual awards includes Ricardo Zamora Trophy as a player and the LMA Manager of the Year and the

La Liga

, EFL Championship and

English Premier League

Manager of the Month awards on several occasions.

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