Rui Águas (footballer)
|Full name||José Rui Lopes Águas|
|Date of birth||28 April 1960|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He played as a striker, and had highly successful spells at two of the biggest clubs in Portugal, Benfica and Porto, scoring more than 100 goals in the Primeira Liga alone. He amassed totals in the competition of 291 games and 120 goals.
Born in Lisbon, Águas started his career with local club Grupo Desportivo de Sesimbra before turning professional in the 1983–84 season, when he signed for top divisioner Portimonense S.C. from Atlético Clube de Portugal.
Moving to S.L. Benfica in 1985, Águas scored an average of 12 goals in his first spell, helping the capital outfit to the league on three occasions. He was present at the 1988 European Cup final, as the Reds lost on penalties to PSV Eindhoven, 5–6.
In the 1988 summer Águas joined F.C. Porto, winning the league in his second year, with 17 goals. However, he returned to Benfica after only two years, aged 30, and proceeded to net a career-best 25 goals in the first year upon his return, as the team finished in top position; in the last round against S.C. Beira-Mar, the game after the club had been crowned champions, he bagged two second-half goals in an eventual 3–0 home win, narrowly edging Porto's Domingos – who played first and scored four in a 5–0 triumph against Vitória de Guimarães, finishing with 24 – in the Bola de Prata race.
In the last edition of the European Cup, Águas suffered an horrific foot injury against FC Dynamo Kyiv, but still managed five league goals in only 14 contests. Already 34, he moved clubs but stayed in the capital, joining lowly C.F. Estrela da Amadora; his career ended with a surprising January 1995 move abroad, at Italy's A.C. Reggiana 1919.
In the early 2000s Águas coached Vitória de Setúbal and Sporting de Braga, managing six wins, three draws and nine losses for the former in the 1999–2000 campaign, which ended in top division relegation.
Águas played his first match for Portugal on 3 April 1985, a 0–2 defeat with Italy in a friendly match. He was present at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, playing as a substitute in the 1–3 defeat against Morocco.
|1||20 September 1989||Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–2||1–2||1990 World Cup qualification|
|2||6 October 1989||Generali Arena, Prague, Czechoslovakia||Czechoslovakia||1–1||2–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
|3||11 October 1989||Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken, West Germany||Luxembourg||0–1||0–3||1990 World Cup qualification|
|4||11 October 1989||Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken, West Germany||Luxembourg||0–2||0–3||1990 World Cup qualification|
|5||29 August 1990||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||West Germany||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|6||17 October 1990||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|7||23 January 1991||Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece||Greece||1–1||3–2||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|8||20 February 1991||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||Malta||1–0||5–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|9||24 January 1993||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||0–1||0–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|10||10 November 1993||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Estonia||3–0||3–0||1994 World Cup qualification|
- Portuguese League: 1986–87, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Portuguese Cup: 1985–86, 1986–87, 1992–93
- Portuguese Supercup: 1985; Runner-up 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993
- European Cup: Runner-up 1987–88
Águas' father, José Águas, was a stellar footballer (also striker) for Benfica during 13 years, mainly in the 50's. He had two siblings, his sister Maria Helena (aka Lena D'Água) having a prolific career in the country's Pop music.
Águas' cousin, Raul Águas, was also a footballer and manager for several years.