Adão (Portuguese footballer born 1960)

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Adão
Personal information
Full name Carlos Manuel Pereira Pinto
Date of birth (1960-04-03) 3 April 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Chaves, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1977 Chaves
1977–1978 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Chaves 27 (3)
1980–1985 Varzim 109 (10)
1985–1988 Vitória Guimarães 86 (5)
1988–1990 Belenenses 52 (1)
1990–1995 Penafiel 136 (8)
Total 410 (27)
National team
1979 Portugal U20 5 (0)
1986–1989 Portugal 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Manuel Pereira Pinto (born 3 April 1960 in Chaves), commonly known as Adão, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Adão started his career with hometown's G.D. Chaves, moving to the top division in 1980 with Varzim SC. He appeared in only eight games in his first season, which ended in relegation, but helped with 27 and three goals to an immediate promotion back.

In the 1985 summer, Adão joined Vitória de Guimarães. In his second year he played 30 matches as starter and scored twice – including once in 1–0 away win against S.C. Braga in the Minho derby – as his club finished in third position.

Adão signed with C.F. Os Belenenses for the 1988–89 season. On 12 October 1988, in the campaign's UEFA Cup, he scored the game's only goal at home against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, as the Lisbon outfit ousted the title holders 2–0 on aggregate. Later in the season he also appeared in the final of the Portuguese Cup, won against S.L. Benfica.

Aged 30, Adão joined F.C. Penafiel, playing his last three years (of five overall) in the second level. Over the course of 11 seasons, he amassed top level totals of 279 games and 16 goals.

International career[edit]

Adão gained 11 caps for Portugal, all of his appearances coming after the 1986 FIFA World Cup as practically all of the national team had defected following the infamous Saltillo Affair. His debut came, however, prior to the tournament in Mexico, in a friendly with Finland on 22 January 1986 (1–1 home draw).

Previously, Adão was part of the under-20 team that reached the quarterfinals at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan, appearing in three contests.

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