António Bastos Lopes

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António José Bastos Lopes (born 19 December 1953) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Bastos Lopes played for 15 seasons with hometown club S.L. Benfica, making his first-team debuts in 1972. After only seven first division games in his first three years combined, he benefitted from the departure of legendary Humberto Coelho – who barred him at the stopper position – to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. to begin appearing more regularly.

For nine of the following 12 years Lopes started more often than not, even when Coelho returned from France two years later, and went on to win seven leagues, six cups and two supercups with his only team. He also appeared in both legs of the 1982–83 UEFA Cup final, lost against R.S.C. Anderlecht on aggregate (1–2), starting in the second leg in Lisbon (1–1 draw).

After no games whatsoever in the 1986–87 campaign, aged nearly 34, Lopes retired from football, amassing league totals of 278 matches and four goals for the Reds. In 2010–11, he was part of Jorge Jesus' coaching staff.

International career[edit]

Bastos Lopes made his debut for Portugal on 9 May 1979, playing the last minute in a 1–0 win in Norway for the UEFA Euro 1980 qualifiers.

He went on to win ten caps in six years, being selected to the squad that appeared at Euro 1984 but being an unused member for the eventual semifinalists.

Personal[edit]

Bastos Lopes' younger brother, Alberto (1959), was also a footballer and a defender. He too represented Benfica (1978–79, 1980–84, 22 league games), appearing for five other teams during 11 professional seasons, always spent in the main division.

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