José Henrique

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José Henrique
Personal information
Full name José Henrique Rodrigues Marques
Date of birth (1943-05-18)18 May 1943
Place of birth Arrentela, Portugal
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1957–1959 Arrentela
1959–1961 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 Amora
1964–1965 Seixal 13 (0)
1965–1966 Atlético
1966–1979 Benfica 217 (0)
1971 Toronto Metros (loan)[1] 8 (0)
1979–1981 Nacional 50 (0)
1981–1982 Covilhã 2 (0)
National team
1969–1973 Portugal 15 (0)
Teams managed
1981–1982 Covilhã (player-coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Henrique Rodrigues Marques (born 18 May 1943), known as José Henrique, is a Portuguese retired footballer.

A goalkeeper, he was best known for his successful spell at Benfica, being nicknamed Zé Gato (Joe Cat). He appeared in 299 official games with the club, winning 11 major titles.

Club career[edit]

Born in Arrentela, Seixal, Setúbal, José Henrique first played at Amora FC (three seasons), then with Seixal F.C. and Atlético Clube de Portugal (one apiece), all clubs in the Lisbon area. Subsequently he signed with local (and national) giants S.L. Benfica, where he would remain the following 13 years – he had already played youth football there for two years. He also had a short stint with Toronto Metros in the NASL.[1]

In the club's back-to-back first division wins in 1971–73, Henrique was instrumental in helping the squad attain its defensive record: 60 matches with only one loss and 29 goals conceded. He had to share first-choice duties in the next years with another club great, Manuel Bento, eventually losing his position in 1976 after having won eight leagues and three cups; he also appeared in the 1967–68 European Cup final, lost 1–4 to Manchester United in extra time.[2]

From 1979 to 1982 Henrique competed in the second level, with C.D. Nacional (two years) and Sporting da Covilhã, retiring at 39. Still active he became a manager with his last club, subsequently returning to Benfica where he went on to work as a goalkeeper coach with the youth teams.

International career[edit]

José Henrique played 15 times for Portugal, his debut coming on 10 December 1969 in a 0–1 friendly defeat with England. His last match took place on 13 October 1973 in a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – it would also be longtime Benfica teammate Eusébio's last international.

The peak of Henrique's international career was at the Brazil Independence Cup in 1972, where he helped the national side finish second to the hosts, only succumbing to a last-minute goal (0–1). During his career, however, he suffered stiff competition from Sporting Clube de Portugal's Vítor Damas.



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  2. ^ "José Henrique Rodrigues Marques – Zé Gato" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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