João Vale e Azevedo
In 1980, Vale e Azevedo was awarded a degree in law by the Law School of the University of Lisbon. Between 1979 and 1982 he was an assistant lecturer (monitor) at the same institution. From 1981 to 1983 he was a law consultant for the Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemão. In 1983 he co-founded a law firm - Vale e Azevedo & Associados, and was a managing partner of the firm until 2000. He was a vice-president of International Jurist and a member of the International Bar Association, Association Internationale des Jeunes Advocats, Union des Advocats Europeens and Bank Attorneys. Since 1983 he has been also a shareholder, CEO and/or chairman of several companies operating in different businesses, including finance, food, electricity and real estate.
Chairman of SL Benfica
In October 1997, Vale e Azevedo became the 31st chairman of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the youngest ever. He won the elections held in the club to choose the personalities for that capacity with 51.1% of the votes. During Vale e Azevedo's three year presidency SL Benfica ran up huge debts and at times was unable to pay taxes or players' salaries. Portuguese Prosecutors also investigated 14 counts of embezzlement. These included allegations that Vale e Azevedo kept 1 million dollars from the transfer of Russian goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov from Benfica to Portuguese club Alverca FC. Vale e Azevedo was indeed sent to jail while prosecutors investigated allegations that he embezzled at least $1m (£680,000) from the club and laundered cash through offshore banks. In 2001, the then 45-year-old lawyer, had been under house arrest in his country home since February. Prosecutors, who feared he would flee the country or tamper with evidence, obtained his imprisonment the previous month.
12 November 2012: Justice request. 
Emigration to the United Kingdom
Honours in Benfica
Roller Hockey (2 Titles)
Basketball (1 Title)
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