Silvino Louro

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Silvino working for Inter
Personal information
Full name Silvino de Almeida Louro
Date of birth (1959-03-05) 5 March 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1965–1977 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1982 Vitória Setúbal 64 (0)
1982–1984 Vitória Guimarães 47 (0)
1984–1994 Benfica 184 (0)
1985–1986 Aves (loan) 28 (0)
1994–1995 Vitória Setúbal 32 (0)
1995–1997 Porto 13 (0)
1997–2000 Salgueiros 34 (0)
National team
1979–1980 Portugal U21 8 (0)
1983–1997 Portugal 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Silvino de Almeida Louro (born 5 March 1959), simply known as Silvino in his playing days, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Having ended his professional career in his 40s – playing in 23 Portuguese first division seasons and totalling 408 appearances – he went on to have another extensive spell, as a goalkeeper's coach, under José Mourinho.

Club career[edit]

Born in Setúbal, Silvino started his professional career with hometown's Vitória de Setúbal in 1977, moving to Vitória de Guimarães after five years at the club.

He was signed by S.L. Benfica for 1984–85, but did not appear once in that year's league, barred by legendary Manuel Bento. After a loan to newly promoted C.D. Aves in the following campaign Silvino returned, going on to have an interesting battle for first-choice status with Neno for several seasons and helping the Reds to four league titles.

He played in the European Cup finals in 1988 and 1990, having captained the side in the latter. Leaving Benfica in 1994 Silvino rejoined Vitória Setúbal, then moved to F.C. Porto for the 1995–96 season: despite not having to face Vítor Baía in his second year (after his departure to FC Barcelona) he appeared very rarely in his stint, and closed out his career at northern neighbours S.C. Salgueiros, retiring in June 2000 after three years.

Subsequently, Louro began a career as a goalkeeping coach, successively at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, always under countryman José Mourinho. Several of the goalkeepers he worked directly with (Baía, Petr Čech and Júlio César) went on to win the Best Goalkeeper award, given by UEFA.

International career[edit]

Louro during his time with Chelsea

Silvino made his debut for Portugal as a Vitória Guimarães player, in a 0–0 draw with Hungary on 13 April 1983. He won a total of 23 international caps in a career spanning fourteen years, but was left out of the nation's UEFA Euro 1984 squad.

Silvino returned to the national team on 12 October 1988, and played a major part in their 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. He lost the number one shirt in January 1991 to young Baía, as a result of having lost his Benfica job to Neno, and spent the vast remainder of his international career on the substitutes' bench.

However, after Porto's Baía suffered an injury, Silvino played the last two games of the 1998 World Cup qualifiers; his final appearance came in the 1–0 win over Northern Ireland on 11 October 1997 – aged 38 – as he equalised Vítor Damas' record as the oldest player to represent Portugal.

From 2000 to 2002, prior to his Porto appointment, Louro was the goalkeeper coach for the national team.



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