Miguel Arcanjo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Miguel Arcanjo
Personal information
Full name Miguel Arcanjo Arsénio de Oliveira
Date of birth (1932-05-13) 13 May 1932 (age 82)
Place of birth Huambo (formerly Nova Lisboa) Angola, Portugal
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950-1966 FC Porto
National team
1957-1965 Portugal 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miguel Arcanjo Arsénio de Oliveira (born May 13, 1932) is an Angolan-born former Portuguese footballer. He played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

After playing professionally in Angola with Sporting de Benguela, Arcanjo became one of the most highly sought after football players in the European league.

In 1950, he signed a professional contract to play with Futebol Club do Porto (FCP) in Portugal, making him the first African player in the history of FCP.

During a lengthy ship ride from Angola to Portugal, he developed an eye infection that almost ended his soccer career.

The following summer of 1951, retina surgery saved Arcanjo from blindness and increased his chances of playing professional once again. Arcanjo was the driving force behind FCP's success in the 1950s to early '60s and went on to become one of the best players in the club's history.

Arcanjo gained 9 caps for Portugal. After establishing himself as the best defender in Portugal, he made his debut on 26 May 1957 in Lisbon against Italy, in a 3-0 victory.

External links[edit]