António Veloso

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António Veloso
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Veloso in 2011
Personal information
Full name António Augusto da Silva Veloso
Date of birth (1957-01-31) 31 January 1957 (age 65)
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Full back
Youth career
1972–1976 Sanjoanense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Sanjoanense 27 (1)
1978–1980 Beira-Mar 56 (4)
1980–1995 Benfica 419 (9)
Total 502 (14)
National team
1981–1994 Portugal 40 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000 Alverca
2000–2001 Atlético
2002 Benfica (assistant)
2001–2002 Benfica B
2006–2007 Atlético Malveira
2008–2009 Oeiras
2009–2010 Estrela Amadora
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

António Augusto da Silva Veloso (born 31 January 1957) is a Portuguese former footballer who played most of his professional career with Benfica. A gritty defender who could appear in the flanks and on occasion in the middle, he played for a decade and a half at his main club, and was team captain from 1988 to 1995.[1]

An international for nearly 15 years, Veloso represented Portugal at Euro 1984.

Club career[edit]

Born in São João da Madeira, Veloso starting playing football with hometown's A.D. Sanjoanense, then moved to S.C. Beira-Mar for a further two seasons. He joined Primeira Liga club S.L. Benfica for 1980–81, and was an everpresent fixture until his retirement, helping the capital side to seven leagues and five cups.

With Benfica, Veloso also played in the UEFA Cup final in 1982–83, as they lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate and, most notably, in the 1987–88 European Champions Cup final, where he missed the penalty shootout attempt that gave PSV Eindhoven the final win (5–6).[2]

An injury left Veloso out of the team that reached the 1990 European Cup final, lost to A.C. Milan. He retired at 38 after 15 seasons with the same club and more than 500 overall appearances, subsequently becoming a coach.

International career[edit]

Veloso earned 40 caps for Portugal, making his debut on 18 November 1981 in a 2–1 win over Scotland for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He played at UEFA Euro 1984 where the national team reached the semi-finals,[3] and was left outside the 1986 World Cup squad due to a doping test, which was later proved to be fake.[4][5]

Veloso's last international game came at age 36 in a 2–2 draw with Spain on 19 January 1994, in a friendly match.

Personal life[edit]

Veloso's son, Miguel, is also a professional footballer. After an unassuming youth spell at Benfica, he went on to represent neighbours Sporting CP and also the national team.[6][7]




  1. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 144-145. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ "Veloso: "Todos discutiam e ninguém queria marcar o penálti. Tive de ser eu..."" [Veloso: "Everybody was arguing and no one wanted to take the penalty. It had to be me..."]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "António Veloso: "Aquelas análises não eram minhas de certeza!"" [António Veloso: “Those analysis where not mine for sure!”]. Observador (in Portuguese). 4 June 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Bandeirinha por Veloso" [Bandeirinha for Veloso]. i (in Portuguese). 9 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ "«Miguel Veloso está lesionado», diz o pai" [«Miguel Veloso is injured», says father]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 February 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Os Velosos" [The Velosos]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 March 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 80. ISSN 3846-0823.
  9. ^ a b "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 56. ISSN 0872-3540.

Further reading[edit]

  • Prata, João; Perdigão, Carlos (June 1995). Biografias: Veloso, carisma, garra e dedicação! [Biographies: Veloso, charisma, grit and dedication!]. Lisgráfica. Depósito Legal [Deposit number]: 84768/94.

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