Bruno Lage Profile
|Born||May 12, 1976|
After winning the Primeira Liga with Benfica in 2019, Bruno Lage is beginning a new challenge at Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Born in Portugual, the Wolves boss began his soccer career playing for Brazilian side Independente and third division Portuguese outfit UCRD Praiense.
Lage began his coaching career as either youth or assistant coach at a number of clubs. These include Vitoria Setubal, Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City and Benfica B before taking the head coach role at Benfica in 2019.
First honours at Benfica
Lage was appointed as Benfica caretaker boss on January 3, 2019, replacing the sacked Rui Vitoria. After leading his side to an impressive 4-2 win against Rio Ave, he was given his first head coaching role eight days later with a permanent contract.
The Portuguese boss won two consecutive Lisbon Derbies, as well as recording the league's highest scoring win since 1965 with a 10-0 thrashing of Nacional.
Lage also went on to win 'The Classic', beating Porto 2-1 at the Estadio do Dragao. From his appointment, Lage and Benfica went 19 games unbeaten, enabling them to secure their 37th league title.
In his first season at the club, Lage had achieved a 94% win rate. He also equalled Sven Goran-Eriksson's 1990/91 season record of defeating Sporting, Porto and Braga away in the same campaign. He also matched Benfica's previous goal scoring record of 103, which was set in the 1963/64 campaign.
Despite his dominant first season in Portugal, his second was not one to remember. Although he started the campaign with a 5-0 win over Sporting in the Super Cup, by June 2020, he had equalled Benfica's record of worst series of results, picking up just two wins in 13 matches. He also failed to win five straight home games, another record. Such form saw his contract terminated on July 4.
New venture in England
After Nuno Espirito Santo's departure from Wolves at the end of the 2020/21 season, Bruno Lage was announced as the new boss of the Black Country side.
After successfully gaining a work permit, Lage took over for the 2021/22 campaign. His competitive managerial debut saw Wolves lose 1-0 to Leicester City in the Premier League on August 14, 2021.
Bruno Lage's personal life
Lage is married to Maria Campos with whom he has a son, Jaime, named after his biggest inspiration and mentor Jaime Graca.
Lage has a younger brother, Luis Nascimento, who is assistant manager at Liga Portugal 2 side Rio Ave.
Bruno Lage's net worth
Bruno Lage's net worth is believed to be £1.1million.