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José Augusto de Almeida : biography

13 April 1937 -

José Augusto ( full name: José Augusto Pinto de Almeida; born 13 April 1937, in Barreiro) is a former Portuguese footballer and a current coach. He was one of the top players in the legendary S.L. Benfica "Dream Team" and the Portuguese national football team during the 1960s.



He first caught attention at his local team of FC Barreirense and he debuted for the national team on 7 May 1958, in a friendly match against England that Portugal lost 1-2. The next year he moved to S.L. Benfica, where he played from 1958/59 to 1968/69, before ending his career at 32. As a Benfica player he achieved the status of one of the legends of the Golden Years of his team, like his team mates, Eusébio, Mário Coluna, Costa Pereira and António Simões. He played in the two European Champions Cup finals which Benfica won (1961 and 1962), and in the lost finals of 1963, 1965 and 1968.

He had 45 caps for the national team, scoring 9 goals, and played with the Magriços, the team that reached 3rd place at the 1966 World Cup finals, losing only in the semi-final to England (1-2). He scored the first and third goals (1' & 67') in the debut victory over Hungary national football team (3-1). His last game for the national team on December 11, 1968 was a disappointing defeat to Greece in Athens (4-2), for the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification. He decided to finish his career the same season to become a coach.


Between 1969 and 1970 he was at he helm of his former team Benfica, with which he won the Portuguese Cup.

As coach, he led another legendary national team, which reached the Brazilian Independence Cup final on July 9, 1972, after winning all the games (Ecuador (3-1), Iran (3-0), Chile (4-1), Republic of Ireland (2-1), Argentina (3-1), USSR (1-0)), except for a tie with Uruguay (1-1). The Portuguese team, which was largely composed of Benfica players, including veterans Eusébio and Jaime Graça, and youngsters Humberto Coelho and Rui Jordão, lost the final only at the 89th minute, when Jairzinho finally scored.

The possibility of qualifying to the 1974 FIFA World Cup seemed open, but Portugal had a miserable qualifying. After two wins over Cyprus, Portugal tied with Northern Ireland (1-1) abroad, before losing to Bulgaria (1-2) and a dramatic draw in Lisbon (2-2), which ended hopes of returning to the World Cup finals (which was achieved again in 1986). José Augusto resigned after the last game, a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland, but continued his coaching career, with minor results. He was later an assistant coach of the National Team that reached the 3rd place in Euro 1984 finals, and a U-17 National Team coach. From 2004 to 2007 he coached Portugal women's national football team

Honours and awards

S.L. Benfica

8x Portuguese Liga 3x Portuguese Cup

2x European Cup

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