Francisco Alves Albino

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Francisco Albino
Personal information
Full name Francisco Alves Albino
Date of birth (1912-11-02)2 November 1912
Place of birth Tortosendo, Serra da Estrela, Portugal
Date of death 25 February 1993(1993-02-25) (aged 80)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932/1945 Benfica 462 (20)
National team
1934-? Portugal 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francisco Alves Albino, best known as Albino (2 November 1912 – 25 February 1993), was a Portuguese footballer. Nicknamed "O Tempero" (the sauce/the spice), he had a notable run for S.L. Benfica in its early days.


He started playing for S.L. Benfica in 1932, as a midfielder. He was the Boss of Benfica midfield, his presence in the center of the pitch was well noticed by his opponents. He won seven championships and was considered indispensable both in Benfica squad and Portugal National Football Team.

He was known for being a modest person, not very concerned about money, but he used to joke after the game about the winning prizes, he used to say "Quando é que vem o tempero?" (When is the "sauce" coming?) referring to the winning prize money.

He played for 13 years with the Benfica jersey, and has received two honours for his dedication to the club Sócio de Mérito (Merit Member) and Águia de Prata (Silver Eagle) .

National team[edit]

He made his debut for Portugal, against Spain in a 3-3 draw back in 1934. He was capped 10 times.

Honours and awards[edit]


Benfica Retirement Honours[edit]

  • Sócio de Mérito
  • Águia de Prata


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