Arsénio Trindade Duarte

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Full name Arsénio Trindade Duarte
Date of birth (1925-10-16)16 October 1925
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Date of death 11 February 1986(1986-02-11) (aged 60)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1943 Barreirense
1943–1955 Benfica 224 (152)
1955–1959 CUF 89 (59)
1959–1960 Montijo
1960–1962 Cova da Piedade
1962–1963 Monte da Caparica
National team
1950 Portugal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arsénio Trindade Duarte (16 October 1925 – 11 February 1986), known simply as Arsénio, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a forward.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 313 games and 211 goals during 16 seasons, most notably at Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Arsénio started his career at local F.C. Barreirense, first appearing with the senior team at only 15 against Sporting Clube de Portugal, in a testimonial match for Francisco Câmara. After helping the side win the Segunda Liga championship in 1943, he signed with S.L. Benfica.[1]

During his spell with Benfica, Arsénio scored 360 in 446 competitive games, including a hat-trick in a 7–2 home win over Sporting in 1946, and five against FC Porto six years later in the inauguration of the Estádio das Antas. He helped to the conquest of ten major titles, including three Primeira Liga trophies.

Arsénio left for G.D. CUF in 1955 after the arrival of manager Otto Glória, as the Brazilian had been hired to hasten the club's professionalization and the player wanted to keep his post as an industrial worker. He was crowned the top division's top scorer in his third season, helping his team narrowly avoid relegation after ranking 12th.[2]

International career[edit]

Arsénio gained two caps for Portugal in seven days. His debut came on 2 April 1950, in a 1–5 away loss to Spain for the 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.






  1. ^ "Arsénio" (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nº162 – Arsénio" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 43. ISSN 0872-3540. 
  4. ^ Claro, Paulo (12 June 2009). "Portugal – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. 

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