|Full name||João Pedro Morais|
|Date of birth||6 March 1935|
|Place of birth||Cascais, Portugal|
|Date of death||27 April 2010(aged 75)|
|Place of death||Vila do Conde, Portugal|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Cascais, Morais joined Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1958, arriving from S.C.U. Torreense where he had made his top division debuts. He spent the following 11 seasons with the Lisbon and national giants, appearing in 256 games all competitions comprised – including friendlies – and scoring 68 goals.
Morais was essential as Sporting won the 1964 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: in the final's replay game (3–3 in the first match), he scored from a direct corner kick in a 1–0 win against MTK Budapest FC.
Morais left the Lions in June 1969, having won four major titles. He retired at the age of 37, after two years in amateur football with Rio Ave FC.
Morais was selected for the country's 1966 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in all three group stage contests in an eventual third-place finish. In the second game, against Brazil, he committed one of the most infamous World Cup fouls on Brazilian legend Pelé; however, he was allowed to stay on the field by referee George McCabe.
Later life / Death
- "Morais" (in Portuguese). Wiki Sporting. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "1963/64: Sporting at the second attempt". UEFA.com. 17 August 2001. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Portugal stats; at EU-Football
- World Cup final: 10 top World Cup refereeing errors; The Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2010
- "Pelé". International Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 June 2010.