Fernando Cabrita

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Fernando Cabrita
Personal information
Full nameFernando da Silva Cabrita
Date of birth(1923-05-01)1 May 1923
Place of birthLagos, Portugal
Date of death22 September 2014(2014-09-22) (aged 91)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
1953–1957S.C. Covilhã
National team
Teams managed
1954–1958Unhais da Serra
1970–1972União de Tomar
1980Rio Ave
1981Rio Ave
1981–1982Académico de Viseu
1986–1987Estrela da Amadora
1987–1988Raja Casablanca
1988–1989Académico de Viseu
1990–1991Raja Casablanca
1992Esperança de Lagos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fernando da Silva Cabrita (1 May 1923 – 22 September 2014) was a Portuguese football player and manager.[1]

He played as a forward for teams like Olhanense[1], Angers and Sporting da Covilhã,[2] but he still had 7 caps for the Portugal national team. His debut for Portugal was in a 2–2 draw against Spain on 11 March 1945, and his last game was a 0–3 lost to Brazil on 16 June 1957, when he was aged 34.[3]

He managed ten Portuguese clubs, most notably Benfica in 1967–68, helping the club to win the league title.[4][5] He was also Portugal's manager for nine matches in the 1983–84 season,[6] after the resignation of Otto Glória.[7] He led a technical commission with three other members: Toni, António Morais and José Augusto. He achieved Portugal's first ever qualification to the UEFA European Championship finals, in 1984, where Portugal reached the semi-finals, losing 2–3 to France in extra-time.

He died on 22 September 2014.[5]