António Sousa

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António Sousa
Personal information
Full name António Augusto Gomes de Sousa
Date of birth (1957-04-28) 28 April 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Sanjoanense 39 (11)
1975–1979 Beira-Mar 114 (37)
1979–1984 Porto 138 (29)
1984–1986 Sporting CP 54 (13)
1986–1989 Porto 79 (15)
1989–1993 Beira-Mar 117 (4)
1993–1994 Gil Vicente 7 (0)
1994–1995 Ovarense 32 (2)
1995–1996 Sanjoanense 18 (3)
Total 598 (114)
National team
1981–1989 Portugal 27 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1997 Sanjoanense
1997–2004 Beira-Mar
2005–2006 Rio Ave
2007–2008 Penafiel
2008–2009 Beira-Mar
2011 Trofense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

António Augusto Gomes de Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu ˈsowzɐ]; born 28 April 1957) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a manager.

During his career he played, among others, for Porto and Sporting, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 483 games and 83 goals over the course of 18 seasons. Subsequently, he worked as a manager for several clubs.

Earning nearly 30 caps for Portugal during the 80's, Sousa represented the nation in one World Cup and another European Championship,[1] scoring in both tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Born in São João da Madeira, Sousa started professionally with local A.D. Sanjoanense at only 16, with his team in the second division. In 1975 he signed with S.C. Beira-Mar, scoring a career-best 15 goals in his third year as the Aveiro club returned to the Primeira Liga (three of his four seasons there were spent in the top level).

Sousa was then bought by FC Porto, where he remained an undisputed starter: he won the league championship and the cup several times, also scoring against Juventus F.C. in the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, lost 1–2 in Basel.

In the 1984 summer, Sousa and longtime Porto central midfield partner Jaime Pacheco signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal – as part of the deal that sent 17-year-old prodigy Paulo Futre in the opposite direction – with the pair returning after two seasons. He then proceeded to win the European Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with the northern side, continuing to appear regularly.

Sousa retired in 1996 at 39, as player-coach of first club Sanjoanense. He then dedicated himself exclusively to coaching, working mainly with another former club as a player, Beira-Mar,[2] where he remained for seven-and-a-half years, with four consecutive top flight seasons. In 1999, he led the latter to its biggest achievement, the Portuguese Cup, after defeating S.C. Campomaiorense 1–0.[3]

International career[edit]

Sousa received 27 caps for the Portugal national team from 1981 to 1989, playing at UEFA Euro 1984 where he scored in the 1–1 group stage draw against Spain, and at the FIFA World Cup 1986.

António Sousa: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 June 1984 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  Spain 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 1984

Personal life[edit]

Sousa's son, Ricardo, was also a professional footballer, also in midfield. The pair shared teams at Beira-Mar, in three different spells.[4]

His nephew, José, played ten seasons in the Portuguese top division.







  1. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "1988/89: FC Porto sem troféus e dez campeões europeus a chorar" [1988/89: FC Porto without trophies and ten European champions crying] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Beira Mar – Campomaiorense 1–0". Record (in Portuguese). 19 June 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Afonso Sousa: filho e neto que já joga em nome próprio aos 15 anos" [Afonso Sousa: son and grandson already plays for himself at 15] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 

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