Jacinto João

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Jacinto João
Personal information
Full name Jacinto João
Date of birth January 25, 1944
Place of birth Luanda, Portuguese Angola, Portuguese empire
Date of death October 29, 2004
Place of death Setúbal, Portugal
Playing position Left Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Vitória de Setúbal 268 (66)
National team
1968–1974 Portugal 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Jacinto João, also known as J. J. (January 25, 1944, Luanda – October 29, 2004, Setúbal) was one of the greatest Portuguese football players of his time.[according to whom?] He played as a left winger.

Portugal had so many great attacking players at that time that Jacinto João won just 10 caps for the Portuguese national team, scoring two goals. His debut was on 27 October 1968, in a 3–0 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifying match, when he came on as substitute for António Simões, and scored a goal. He was not included in the team that played at the Independence Brazil Cup, in 1972. His last game for Portuguese national team, was on 3 April 1974, in a 0–0 draw with England in Lisbon, in a friendly match.

He played for 14 seasons for Vitória de Setúbal, scoring 66 goals in 268 games, helping them to 2nd place in the Portuguese league in 1971/72. He was one of the few great Portuguese football players of his generation who never played for Benfica, Sporting Lisbon or Porto. After retiring from activity he remained working for his club's Technical Staff until he died in 2004, of a fourth and fatal heart attack. Vitória de Setúbal erected a statue in his honour.

Jacinto João shared a birthday with his contemporary football legend Eusébio, January 25.

Jacinto João: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 October 1968 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Romania 2–0 3–0 1970 World Cup qualification
2 14 October 1970 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 0–1 Euro 1972 qualifying