Adolfo Calisto

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is da Luz and the second or paternal family name is Calisto.
Adolfo Calisto
Personal information
Full name Adolfo António da Luz Calisto
Date of birth (1944-01-04) 4 January 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 FC Barreirense
1965–1975 Benfica 300 (5)
1975–1976 União de Montemor
1976–1977 Portimonense
National team
1971–73 Portugal 15 (1)
Teams managed
1982–93 GD Alcains
Benfica de C. Branco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Adolfo António da Luz Calisto (born 1 January 1944) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played left back and was one of the top players Benfica and the Portugal national team during the 1960s and 1970s.[1]


Born in Barreiro, Portugal, he first attracted attention for his local team of FC Barreirense, (1960–1962 and 1963–1966), and for Seixal (1962–1963). After that he moved to Benfica, where he played from 1965/66 to 1974/75. He then played for U.Montemor (1975–1976) and Portimonense (1976–1977), before ending his career at age 33. He won six championships, and was part of the Benfica squad that reached the Champions Cup Final in 1968. As a Benfica player he achieved the nickname of "Barreiro locomotiv", he was the first wing defender doing the entire corridor.

He had 15 caps for the national team, scoring 1 goals, and played with the team that reached 2nd place at the 1972 Independence Brazil Cup final, losing only in an epic final with Brazil (1-0), being considered the best wing left defender that year.

The Portuguese team, which was largely composed of Benfica players, including veterans Eusébio and Jaime Graça, and youngsters Humberto Coelho and Jordão, lost the final only at the 89th minute, when Jairzinho finally scored.

Adolfo Calisto: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 June 1972 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Argentina 0–1 1–3 Brazilian Independence Cup




  1. ^ "Adolfo". 
  2. ^ "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 52. ISSN 0872-3540. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 8. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4. 
  • Malheiro, João (2004). Benfica 100 anos gloriosos: As Estrelas [Benfica glorious years: The stars] (in Portuguese). 6 (First ed.). QuidNovi. p. 6. ISBN 978-989-554-104-1. 

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