António Veloso

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is da Silva and the second or paternal family name is Veloso.
António Veloso
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Veloso in 2011
Personal information
Full name António Augusto da Silva Veloso
Date of birth (1957-01-31) 31 January 1957 (age 58)
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1972–1976 Sanjoanense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Sanjoanense 27 (1)
1978–1980 Beira-Mar 56 (4)
1980–1995 Benfica 419 (9)
Total 502 (14)
National team
1981–1994 Portugal 40 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000 Alverca
2000–2001 Atlético
2002 Benfica
2002–2003 Benfica B
2006–2007 Atlético Malveira
2008–2009 Oeiras
2009–2010 Estrela Amadora
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

António Augusto da Silva Veloso (born 31 January 1957) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played most of his professional career with Benfica. A gritty defender who could appear in the flanks and on occasion in the middle, he played for his main club during almost two decades, being team captain from 1988 to 1995.[1]

An international for nearly 15 years, Veloso represented Portugal at Euro 1984.

Club career[edit]

Born in São João da Madeira, Veloso starting playing football with hometown's A.D. Sanjoanense, then moved to S.C. Beira-Mar for a further two seasons. He joined Portuguese League giants S.L. Benfica for 1980–81, and was an everpresent fixture until his retirement, helping the capital side to seven leagues and five cups.

With the Reds, Veloso also played in the UEFA Cup final in 1982–83, as they lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate and, most notably, in the 1987–88 European Champions Cup final, where he missed the penalty shootout attempt that gave PSV Eindhoven the final win (5–6).

An injury left Veloso out of the team that reached the 1990 European Cup final, lost to A.C. Milan. He retired at 38 after 15 seasons with the same club and more than 500 overall appearances, subsequently becoming a coach and managing Benfica's seniors late into the 2001–02 campaign, then moving to its B-team which folded soon after.

International career[edit]

Veloso gained 40 caps for Portugal, making his debut in a 2–1 win over Scotland on 18 November 1981, in a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier. He played at UEFA Euro 1984 where the national team reached the semi-finals, and was left outside the 1986 World Cup team due to a doping test, that was later proved to be fake.

Veloso's last international game came at age 36 in a 2–2 draw with Spain on 19 January 1994, in a friendly match.

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Personal life[edit]

Veloso's son, Miguel, is also a professional footballer. After an unassuming youth spell at Benfica, he went on to represent, with success, neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal, also reaching the national team.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ António Augusto da Silva Veloso; Vedeta ou Marreta?, 9 October 2006 (Portuguese)
  2. ^ Os Velosos (The Velosos); Record, 18 March 2009 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ «Miguel Veloso está lesionado», diz o pai («Miguel Veloso is injured», says father); Record, 28 February 2009 (Portuguese)

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