THE trademark long hair and Alice band that made an early 2000s Rangers star rather recognisable have gone.
Instead, the man who arrived to plenty of fanfare but delivered little success at Ibrox now sports a shorter haircut and a bit of a glow-up since making his move into management.
Snapped up for a small fee in the summer of 2003, Nuno Capucho arrived at Rangers with tremendous success behind him.
He’d just helped Porto beat Celtic in the UEFA Cup Final, having also won four league titles and four Portuguese cups with the Primeira Liga giants.
Capucho also brought a wealth of international experience, having featured for Portugal at both Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.
Ultimately, it didn’t work out at Ibrox for the forward and he left after just one season in Glasgow.
He scored 5 goals in 22 SPL appearances in what was a disappointing season for Rangers who finished 17 points behind champions Celtic.
After the big-spending tenure of Dick Advocaat had come to an end, the Dutchman’s successor Alex McLeish tapped into the free agent and transfer bargains market, with Capucho one of the players signed up.Capucho’s move to Rangers never worked out[/caption] He did manage to bag six goals for the Ibrox club[/caption]
A whole host of other flops including Emerson, Paolo Vanoli and Egil Ostenstad arrived in the same transfer window as Capucho.
While McLeish didn’t get what he wanted from his signings that summer, the likes of Dado Prso, Marvin Andrew and Jean-Alain Boumsong – who was swiftly sold on for £8m to Newcastle – joined for nothing the following summer to help inspire the Gers to the league title.
But what has become of Capucho since his Ibrox spell?
Well, he had one season in Spanish football with Celta Vigo before hanging up his boots.
He then moved into coaching and after several years in the Porto academy setup, Capucho was appointed Varzim manager in 2015, leading them to promotion to the top tier.
He moved on to coach Rio Ave in the summer of 2016 but was sacked in November that same year after a poor run.
Capucho then returned to Varzim between 2017 and 2018 before a short spell in charge of second tier side CD Mafra in 2019.
Most recently, Capucho was in charge of SC Covilha from September 2020 and February 2021 when he was once again dismissed.
Since then, he’s returned to Porto where he took charge of the club’s under-19 team in the summer.
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