Diamantino Miranda

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Full name Diamantino Manuel Fernandes Miranda
Date of birth (1959-08-03) 3 August 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Moita, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1973–1976 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Vitória Setúbal 26 (0)
1977–1981 Benfica 67 (12)
1980–1981 Amora (loan) 29 (0)
1981–1982 Boavista 28 (8)
1982–1990 Benfica 203 (50)
1990–1993 Vitória Setúbal 69 (11)
National team
1981–1986 Portugal 22 (5)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Vitória Setúbal
1995–1996 Campomaiorense
1996 Desportivo Beja
1996–1997 Campomaiorense
1997–1998 Gil Vicente
1998–2000 Felgueiras
2003–2005 Felgueiras
2005–2007 Portimonense
2007–2008 Varzim
2008 Olhanense
2008–2010 Benfica (assistant)
2010 Fátima
2012–2013 Costa Sol
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diamantino Manuel Fernandes Miranda (born 3 August 1959), known simply as Diamantino in his playing days, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current coach.

He most notably played for Benfica (11 seasons in two separate spells), appearing in more than 300 official games and winning 11 major titles. After retiring, he embarked in a lengthy managerial career.

An international in the early 80's, Diamantino represented Portugal at one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Moita, Setúbal District, Diamantino was one of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's key players during the 1980s, winning several national champion and domestic cup titles. He also played in the UEFA Cup final in 1983, lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht (0–1 and 1–1), missing the European Cup final in 1988 due to an injury, in another defeat, this time to PSV Eindhoven on penalties.

Diamantino left Benfica at the end of the 1989–90 season, after appearing in just 15 league matches as the Reds only won the Portuguese Supercup. He was also an unused substitute in the club's second European Cup loss in three years, against A.C. Milan, moving in the subsequent offseason to first professional club Vitória de Setúbal where he played three more years, retiring at almost 34.

A manager since 1994 – starting at Setubal – Diamantino was appointed second division S.C. Olhanense's manager midway through the 2007–08 campaign, after having started the season at fellow league team Varzim SC. In May 2008 he was appointed assistant manager at Benfica, under new boss Quique Flores; both left the post at the end of the season, after which he moved to Benfica's youth sides.

In the 2010 summer Diamantino signed for C.D. Fátima in the second level, being fired in late November.

International career[edit]

Diamantino gained 22 caps with five goals for the Portuguese national team, his debut coming on 18 November 1981 in a 2–1 win against Scotland for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Diamantino represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 World Cup. In the latter, on 11 July, in a 1–3 group stage loss to Morocco, he played his last match and scored his last goal.

Diamantino Miranda: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 June 1984 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 14 October 1984 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Czechoslovakia 1–0 2–1 1986 World Cup qualification
3 24 February 1985 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  West Germany 1–2 1–2 1986 World Cup qualification
4 22 January 1986 Estádio Municipal de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal  Finland 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 11 June 1986 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico  Morocco 1–3 1–3 1986 FIFA World Cup



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