Félix Assunção Antunes
|Full name||Félix Assunção Antunes|
|Date of birth||14 December 1922|
|Place of birth||Barreiro, Portugal|
|Date of death||6 July 1998(aged 75)|
|Place of death||Pretoria, South Africa|
|?–1944||Unidos Futebol Clube||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Félix Assunção Antunes, commonly known as Félix (born 14 December 1922 in Barreiro-died 6 July 1998 in Pretoria) was a former football player who used to play as midfielder or as defender. He is notable for his run with the Portuguese giants S.L. Benfica.
While he played football he was at the same time a CUF Indústrial Worker.
Felix used to have a great positional presence and he was the engine of the team, it was common among the supporters the expression "SL & FÉLIX". He played ten seasons with the Benfica Jersey from 1944 to 1954. He was considered as one of the best defenders in the world back in the days.
He started his career as a Centre-back by the hand of János Biri (1946). With the arrival of Lippo Hertzka (1947), Félix started being used as midfielder, but when Ted Smith arrived he changed the all tactical perspective of the team, putting Félix as a centre-back (the position he became famous at).
He ended his career at 30 years old due to an episode that occurred after a Benfica loss against Vitória S.C., when after the game Félix threw his shirt to the floor on the locker room. Due to this disrespectful act against the SL Benfica symbol, the president of the reds dismissed his services.
Felix represented the Portugal national football team 15 times.
Honours and awards
- Portuguese Liga: (1) 1949/50
- Portuguese Cup: (4)1948/49, 1950/51, 1951/52 and 1952/53
- Latin Cup: (1) 1949/50