Nené (footballer, born 1949)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gomes and the second or paternal family name is Baptista.
Nené
Personal information
Full name Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Baptista
Date of birth (1949-11-20) 20 November 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Ferroviário Manga
1966–1968 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1986 Benfica 421 (262)
National team
1971–1984 Portugal 66 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Baptista, commonly known as Nené (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɛˈnɛ]; born 20 November 1949), is a Portuguese retired footballer. A prolific striker he played his entire career with Benfica, appearing in nearly 600 official games for the club.

Playing 66 times for Portugal and scoring more than 20 goals, Nené represented the nation at Euro 1984.

Club career[edit]

Born in Leça da Palmeira, Nené made his professional debuts with S.L. Benfica in 1968, and remained a key fixture with the club until his retirement almost twenty years later, at nearly 37. In the 1972–73 season, he was a star player for a side which became national champion without a single defeat (28 matches won – 23 consecutively – out of 30): the team scored 101 goals, breaking 100 for only the second time in its history.

Nené was the Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1971 and also runner-up in 1972, which was achieved whilst competing with teammate Eusébio.[1] He ranked second in Benfica's scoring lists in European competitions with 28 goals in 75 appearances,[2] and played in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup finals, in an aggregate loss to R.S.C. Anderlecht.

As a player, Nené won 11 national championships with his only club. After ending his career, with overall totals of 577 games and 361 goals, he became a youth coach with the Reds.

International career[edit]

Nené finished tenth in the all-time appearance records for Portugal with 66 caps,[3] ranking seventh in the goalscoring charts at 22, with an excellent goals-to-games ratio (similar to former Benfica men Eusébio and Nuno Gomes). His appearance record stood until 1994, broken by F.C. Porto's João Domingos Pinto.

Nené made his international debut on 21 April 1971, in a 2–0 home win against Scotland for the UEFA Euro 1972 qualifiers. Selected for the Euro 1984 tournament, he netted the game's only goal against Romania in the last group stage encounter,[4] becoming the oldest player to score in the European championship finals at 34 years and 213 days; his effort led the national team to the semi-finals versus hosts France, where he played as a substitute but could not help avoid the 2–3 extra time defeat.

Nené's record was only broken 24 years later, when Ivica Vastić scored for Austria at Euro 2008 against Poland.[5]

Tamagnini Nené: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 1972 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 2–0 4–0 1974 World Cup qualification
2 11 June 1972 Machadão, Natal, Brazil  Ecuador 0–3 0–3 Brazilian Independence Cup
3 25 June 1972 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–1 Brazilian Independence Cup
4 2 May 1973 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–1 2–1 1974 World Cup qualification
5 26 May 1975 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France  France 0–1 0–2 Friendly
6 8 June 1975 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 0–2 Euro 1976 qualifying
7 12 November 1975 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Czechoslovakia 1–1 1–1 Euro 1976 qualifying
8 5 December 1976 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–2 1–2 1978 World Cup qualification
9 22 December 1976 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Italy 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10 22 December 1976 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Italy 2–0 2–1 Friendly
11 9 October 1977 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–2 2–4 1978 World Cup qualification
12 15 November 1978 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria 0–1 1–2 Euro 1980 qualifying
13 26 September 1979 Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Spain 1–1 1–1 Friendly
14 1 November 1979 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Norway 2–1 3–1 Euro 1980 qualifying
15 1 November 1979 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Norway 3–1 3–1 Euro 1980 qualifying
16 20 June 1981 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Spain 1–0 2–0 Friendly
17 23 September 1981 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
18 24 March 1982 Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano, Switzerland  Switzerland 0–1 2–1 Friendly
19 5 May 1982 Castelão (Maranhão), São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil  Brazil 3–1 3–1 Friendly
20 22 September 1982 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–1 0–2 Euro 1984 qualifying
21 10 October 1982 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 1–0 2–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
22 20 June 1984 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France  Romania 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1984

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica
  • Portuguese League (11): 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • Portuguese Cup (8): 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86
  • Portuguese Supercup (2): 1980, 1985
  • UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1982–83

Individual[edit]

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