Fernando Chalana

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Fernando Chalana
Personal information
Full name Fernando Albino de Sousa Chalana
Date of birth (1959-02-10) 10 February 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1973–1974 Barreirense
1974–1976 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1984 Benfica 193 (33)
1984–1987 Bordeaux 22 (2)
1987–1990 Benfica 32 (4)
1990–1991 Belenenses 14 (0)
1991–1992 Estrela Amadora 9 (1)
Total 270 (40)
National team
1976–1988 Portugal 27 (2)
Teams managed
2002 Benfica (caretaker)
2003–2004 Paços Ferreira (assistant)
2004–2005 Oriental
2005–2009 Benfica (assistant)
2008 Benfica (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Albino de Sousa Chalana (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃ðu ʃɐˈlɐnɐ]; born 10 February 1959) is a retired Portuguese football player and manager.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest talents of his era in Portuguese football, the diminutive left winger's main asset was his ball control and dribbling skills.

His career, highly troubled by injuries, was mainly spent at Benfica,[1] where he also later worked as a manager. Prior to his physical problems, he was one of the best players at Euro 1984, helping Portugal to the semifinals.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Chalana began his football career at F.C. Barreirense, then moved to Lisbon neighbours S.L. Benfica in 1974, where he established himself for the following eight years, scoring and assisting alike as he helped them conquer, amongst other accolades, five leagues and three cups.

Aged only 17 (fourth youngest ever), on 17 November 1976, Chalana won his first cap for the national team, against Denmark for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – at that age, he became Benfica's youngest player to score a goal at the Estádio da Luz.[2] The peak of his career took place precisely on the international front, at UEFA Euro 1984, in France; there, the Little Genius[3] was one of the team's leading figures, excelling in dribbling throughout the tournament, notably in the 2–3 semifinal loss against the hosts, setting up both goals for Rui Jordão.[4][5]

Moving to a club in that country after the tournament, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Chalana failed to impress in three full years, mainly due to persistent injuries.[6] In 1987 he returned to Benfica, never being able to reproduce his previous form; his last international appearance was a friendly with Sweden on 12 November 1988, which finished with a goalless draw.[7] He wrapped his career at 33, with one (unassuming) season apiece with Lisbon-based C.F. Os Belenenses and C.F. Estrela da Amadora, the latter in the second division.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1999–2000, Chalana coached the juniors of Benfica, winning the national championship. Four years later he had his first coaching experience, assisting at modest F.C. Paços de Ferreira in an eventual top flight relegation as 17th.

For the following years, Chalana served as assistant to several coaches at Benfica. However, in March 2008 he replaced José Antonio Camacho after the Spaniard was dismissed.[8] In 2002, he had already had a one-game spell as interim, filling in for sacked Jesualdo Ferreira – days before precisely Camacho arrived; in that match he placed winger Miguel as a right back, where he ultimately gained worldwide recognition.[9][10]

After one more season as assistant, now to Quique Sánchez Flores, Chalana returned to coaching the junior side.

Fernando Chalana: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 December 1976 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 1–2 1978 World Cup qualification
2 16 November 1977 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Cyprus 2–0 4–0 1978 World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Other than his main nickname, Chalana was also dubbed Astérix, Chalanix (as his moustache resembled the comic character) and Cyrano de Bergerac (because of his nose).[11][12]







  1. ^ João Nuno Coelho; Francisco Pinheiro (November 2002). A Paixão do Povo (in Portuguese) (816 ed.). Portugal: Edições Afrontamento. p. 575. ISBN 972-36-0624-0.
  2. ^ "Renato Sanches é o mais novo do século a marcar na Luz" [Renato Sanches is the youngest of the century to score at the Luz] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Portugal classic recalled". UEFA.com. 25 January 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ EURO's greatest games; UEFA.com, 24 June 2008
  5. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Fernando Chalana de retour à Bordeaux" [Fernando Chalana returns to Bordeaux]. Sud-Ouest (in French). 14 March 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (28 May 2009). "Portugal – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Chalana fills in at Benfica helm". UEFA.com. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Miguel: "Só não jogo à baliza"" [Miguel: «I play everywhere but in goal»]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 February 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Miguel: Lateral dinâmico e rápido" [Miguel: Dynamic and quick fullback]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 June 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  11. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. pp. 38–40. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  12. ^ "Chalana aposta tudo na mística" [Chalana bets everything on the "mistica"]. Publico (in Portuguese). 12 March 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April – June 2017. p. 84. ISSN 3846-0823.
  14. ^ a b c "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 54. ISSN 0872-3540.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lopes, Luís (2008). Os Magníficos: Chalana, o pequeno génio [The Magnificents: Chalana, the little genious] (First ed.). QuidNovi. ISBN 978-989-554-508-7.

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