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Personal information
Full name Shéu Han
Date of birth (1953-08-03) August 3, 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Inhassoro, Mozambique
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1970–1972 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1989 Benfica 349 (33)
National team
1976–1986 Portugal 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shéu Han (born 3 August 1953 in Inhassoro, Portuguese Mozambique), known as Shéu, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Having represented Benfica during a 17-year professional career, he was nicknamed "Pézinhos de lã" (wool feet). His father comes from Guangdong, China. His last name Han in Chinese is 韩.

Club career[edit]

Shéu, who has Chinese ancestry, was discovered in his native Mozambique by army lieutenant Manuel da Costa, arriving in Lisbon in 1970 and joining S.L. Benfica's youth ranks. He made his first appearance with the main squad in 1972, but only became a regular three seasons later.

Shéu would remain there until the end of his career, even captaining the squad from 1986–89. He was an important member in the conquest of nine national championships and six domestic cups.

In addition, Shéu played in the 1983 UEFA Cup Final, when Benfica lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate, scoring the leading goal in the return leg in Lisbon,[1] and also helped his only club to the 1987–88 European Cup final, a penalty shootout loss to PSV Eindhoven. He retired with 349 league matches, only surpassed in midfield by another club legend and countryman, Mário Coluna.

After ending his football career, Shéu became a football manager, serving as assistant coach for Benfica, and in other several directorial capacities, for more than two decades. He also opened his own sports shop – Shéu Han – Artigos Desportivos, Lda.

International career[edit]

Shéu was capped 24 times[2] for the Portuguese national team, scoring a goal. His debut came in a 1–3 defeat to Italy in Turin on 7 April 1976,[3] in a friendly match, and his last appearance was in Bern, a 1–1 draw with Switzerland on 29 October 1986 for the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers.[4]

Shéu also appeared for the nation during Euro 1984's qualifiers, but did not make the final squad, which eventually finished third in France.

Shéu: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 September 1981 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 2–0 2–0 Friendly


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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ross, James M. "European Competitions 1982-83". RSSSF, 9 January 2008. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ Pierrend, José Luis. "Portugal - Record International Players". RSSSF, 6 March 2012. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ Mariani, Maurizio. "Italy - International Matches 1970-1979". RSSSF, 25 May 2002. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ UEFA. "Switzerland 1-1 Portugal". 29 October 1986. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.