Fernando Gomes (footballer)
|Full name||Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes|
|Date of birth||22 November 1956|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He achieved great success with F.C. Porto during the late 1970s and 80s. While technically only a good player, his talent resided on a fantastic positional sense, which made him very dangerous inside the six-yard box.
Showing great ability since entering F.C. Porto's youth squads, Gomes scored twice in his first-team debut against CUF, in 1974. Except for a brief two-year stint with Sporting de Gijón, when most key players left the club in support of director of football – later president – Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, he was on all important moments of the rebirth of the club: the 20-year league drought end in 1978–79, the first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Juventus F.C. in 1984 and, while he missed the 1987 European Cup final against FC Bayern Munich after breaking a leg days before, he scored five goals in the club's victorious campaign, including the important second goal against FC Dynamo Kyiv in the semifinals; he recovered still in time to play in the European Supercup against AFC Ajax and the Intercontinental Cup against C.A. Peñarol, on both occasions captaining the victor and scoring the opening goal in the latter game for a 2–1 win.
In addition Gomes also won five leagues, three Portuguese Cups and three domestic supercups. Due to personality clashes with the club's board he left for Sporting Clube de Portugal, ending his career in 1990–91 after still netting 22 league goals in his final season, and also helping the Lions to that year's UEFA Cup semifinals, aged 34.
Gomes retired with Portuguese League totals of 404 matches and 320 goals. His nickname, "Bi-bota", was given after the two European Golden Boot awards he received, in 1983 and 1985. He remained the best goalscorer in the national territory for more than two decades, only behind S.L. Benfica's Nené, and later returned to Porto, going on to work with the club in an ambassadorial role.
For the national team, Gomes scored 11 goals in 48 games, from 9 March 1975 until 16 November 1988, his final appearance being against Luxembourg for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, netting the game's lone goal.
He represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 World Cup, being one of the few players that did not defect the national team after the latter competition (following the infamous Saltillo Affair), and ending his international career two years later.
|1||26 March 1980||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||3–1||4–1||Euro 1980 qualifying|
|2||10 October 1982||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Poland||2–0||2–1||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|3||12 September 1984||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden||Sweden||0–1||0–1||1986 World Cup qualification|
|4||10 February 1985||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||0–2||1–3||1986 World Cup qualification|
|5||10 February 1985||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||1–3||1–3||1986 World Cup qualification|
|6||12 October 1985||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Malta||1–0||3–2||1986 World Cup qualification|
|7||12 October 1985||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Malta||3–2||3–2||1986 World Cup qualification|
|8||5 February 1986||Estádio Municipal de Portimão, Portimão, Portugal||Luxembourg||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9||19 February 1986||Estádio Primeiro de Maio, Braga, Portugal||East Germany||1–3||1–3||Friendly|
|10||23 September 1987||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden||Sweden||0–1||0–1||Euro 1988 qualifying|
|11||16 November 1988||Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal||Luxembourg||1–0||1–0||1990 World Cup qualification|
- European Cup: 1986–87
- UEFA Super Cup: 1987
- Intercontinental Cup: 1987
- Portuguese League: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88
- Portuguese Cup: 1976–77, 1983–84, 1987–88
- Portuguese Supercup: 1983, 1984, 1986
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1983–84
- Gomes once quoted "Scoring a goal is like having an orgasm."
- Benfica striker Nuno Gomes, who played in the 90's/2000's, chose that nickname in deference to him.
- FC Porto. O Verão quente de 1980, que esfriou a relação no futebol (FC Porto. 1980's hot summer, when football relations turned cold); IOnline, 6 August 2010 (Portuguese)
- Toyota Cup 1987; FIFA.com
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Fernando Gomes at National-Football-Teams.com