César Brito

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César Brito
Personal information
Full name César Gonçalves de Brito Duarte
Date of birth (1964-10-21) 21 October 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Covilhã, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1977–1978 Fundão
1978–1983 Barco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Covilhã ? (15)
1985–1995 Benfica 100 (21)
1987–1989 Portimonense (loan) 50 (13)
1995–1996 Belenenses 25 (9)
1996–1998 Salamanca 70 (22)
1998–1999 Mérida 14 (1)
1999–2000 Covilhã 1 (0)
National team
1989–1993 Portugal 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

César Gonçalves de Brito Duarte (born 21 October 1964), known as Brito, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Covilhã, Brito started playing for local Sporting Clube, but soon attracted attention from national powerhouse S.L. Benfica, which signed the player in 1985. At the Reds he had a difficult start, going on to serve a two-year loan at fellow top-division side Portimonense SC.

Upon his return, Brito appeared mainly from the bench, barred by Swede Mats Magnusson. During the 1990–91 season his biggest moment at Benfica arrived, as he scored twice – as a substitute – to beat F.C. Porto away (2–0) and eventually clinch the national title, in a match that ended in a riot.[1]

Brito eventually left Benfica in the 1995 summer, after a ten-year link and only 23 league appearances in his last three seasons combined. After a good year at Lisbon neighbours C.F. Belenenses he moved to Spain, teaming up with a host of compatriots at UD Salamanca, namely offensive partner Pauleta. In his debut campaign, already aged 32, he netted 15 goals in the second level, helping the club clinch La Liga promotion while combining with Pauleta for 34 successful strikes (the pair finished joint-first and fourth in the scoring charts).

In 1997–98, Brito appeared regularly as Salamanca eventually stayed in the top flight, then moved to modest CP Mérida in division two. He saw out his career at his very first club, retiring at almost 36.

International career[edit]

Brito gained 14 caps for the Portuguese national team during four years, and scored twice.[2]

César Brito: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 1991 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Finland 1–0 1–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
2 12 February 1992 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Netherlands 2–0 2–0 Friendly


  1. ^ "Guarda Abel voltou no jogo da polémica" [Officer Abel back in game of controversy] (in Portuguese). Notícias de Corrupção. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Mestre, Rui (15 October 2005). "Portugal – International Results". RSSSF. 

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