Alberto da Costa Pereira
|Full name||Alberto da Costa Pereira|
|Date of birth||22 December 1929|
|Place of birth||Nacala, Mozambique|
|Date of death||25 October 1990(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Sporting Lourenço Marques|
|1951–1954||Ferroviário L. Marques|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Nacala, Portuguese Mozambique from a colonial White African family, Costa Pereira was noticed by S.L. Benfica while playing with Clube Ferroviário de Lourenço Marques. He signed with the Portuguese in 1954 and immediately became first-choice, playing 26 games in his first season and winning the first of his eight national championships.
Costa Pereira won two European Cups with the Lisbon club, also being in goal in two of three lost finals in the decade, 1963 and 1965. In the latter, against Inter Milan at the San Siro, a Jair attempt late into the first half slid under his body and entered the net, for the game's only goal – he was also injured shortly after, and the Reds played more than 30 minutes with ten players.
Costa Pereira retired in June 1967 at nearly 38 years of age, having appeared in 358 official matches for Benfica. He died in the Portuguese capital on 25 October 1990, aged 60.
Costa Pereira started the successful qualifying campaign to the 1966 FIFA World Cup, featuring in a 5–1 routing of Turkey in Lisbon on 24 January 1965. He was, however, overlooked for the finals by manager Otto Glória – his former boss at Benfica – as the national team went on to finish in third place.
- European Cup: 1960–61, 1961–62; Runner-up 1962–63, 1964–65, 1967–68
- Primeira Liga: 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67
- Taça de Portugal: 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1963–64; Runner-up 1957–58, 1964–65
- "Alberto da Costa Pereira" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- Profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Alberto Costa Pereira at National-Football-Teams.com
- Alberto Costa Pereira – FIFA competition record