João Morais

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João Morais
Personal information
Full name João Pedro Morais
Date of birth (1935-03-06)6 March 1935
Place of birth Cascais, Portugal
Date of death 27 April 2010(2010-04-27) (aged 75)
Place of death Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1948–1951 Sporting Alcabideche
1951–1954 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Caldas
1955–1958 Torreense 41 (18)
1958–1969 Sporting CP 192 (50)
1970–1972 Rio Ave
National team
1966–1967 Portugal 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

João Pedro Morais (6 March 1935 – 27 April 2010) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

International career[edit]

Morais gained nine caps for Portugal in one year. His debut was on 18 June 1966 was in a 1–0 friendly win over Scotland, in Glasgow.[3]

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;[4] however, he was allowed to stay on the field by referee George McCabe.[5]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Later life / Death[edit]

Morais setlled in Vila do Conde – the city of his last club – after retiring, going on to work as a city hall employee. He died on 27 April 2010 at 75, after a long battle with illness.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Morais" (in Portuguese). Wiki Sporting. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1963/64: Sporting at the second attempt". UEFA.com. 17 August 2001. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Portugal stats; at EU-Football
  4. ^ World Cup final: 10 top World Cup refereeing errors; The Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2010
  5. ^ "Pelé". International Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 

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