António Jesus Correia

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Jesus Correia
Personal information
Full name António Jesus Correia
Date of birth 3 April 1924
Place of birth Paço de Arcos, Portugal
Date of death 30 November 2003
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943-1953 Sporting CP 208 (160)
National team
1947-1952 Portugal 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

António Jesus Correia, better known as Jesus Correia (Paço de Arcos, 3 April 1924 - 30 November 2003), was a Portuguese footballer and roller hockey (quad) player, one of the greatest and most eclectic sportsmen from his generation.

As a footballer, he played as a wing-forward for Sporting CP, where he won 5 National Championships and 3 Cups of Portugal. He was a member of the legendary team of the "Cinco Violinos" (Five Violins), with Fernando Peyroteo, Albano, Manuel Vasques and José Travassos.

He had 13 caps for Portugal national football team, scoring 3 goals. His first cap came at 5 January 1947, in a 2–2 draw with Switzerland, in a friendly match, and his last at 20 April 1952, in a 0–3 loss to France, in another friendly.

Simultaneously, he had a great career as a roller hockey player, who was becoming the most successful sport for Portugal, playing for C.D. Paço d'Arcos, where he won 8 titles of National Champion, from 1942 to 1955. He was also a leading name for Portugal national roller hockey (quad) team, with 128 caps and winning 6 World Cup titles, in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1952 and 1956.

In 1952/53, he had to decide between both of his sporting careers, by the Sporting Lisbon football direction. He choose roller hockey, ending his still promising football career, aged only 28.

He was the last of the "Cinco Violinos" to die, aged 79.

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