Fernando Cruz

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Fernando Cruz
Personal information
Full name Fernando da Conceição Cruz
Date of birth (1940-08-12) 12 August 1940 (age 77)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1956–1959 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1970 Benfica 227 (0)
1970–1971 Paris Saint-Germain 24 (0)
Total 251 (0)
National team
1961–1968 Portugal 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fernando da Conceição Cruz (born 12 August 1940) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Cruz (third player from right) with Benfica in a friendly match against Ajax in 1965

Born in Lisbon, Cruz was already first-choice with S.L. Benfica at the age of 20, going on to win eight national championships with the club as well as four Portuguese Cups. He played in all five European Cup finals the side reached in the 60s, winning the 1961 and 1962 editions and appearing in 346 official games during his 11-year stint (one goal).[1]

Cruz ended his playing career in June 1971, after one year with newly formed French team Paris Saint-Germain FC.

International career[edit]

Cruz played 11 matches for Portugal, his first appearance being on 21 May 1961 in a 1–1 friendly draw with England.[2] He was included in Otto Glória's squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup finals, failing to make an appearance for the third-placed nation.[3]







  1. ^ Fernando Cruz – Futebolista (Fernando Cruz – Footballer); at Bairro da Liberdade (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Results – 1960 to 1965; at England FC
  3. ^ "A lenda dos Magriços começou há 50 anos" [The legend of the Magriços started 50 years ago] (in Portuguese). Expresso. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 74. ISSN 3846-0823. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 47. ISSN 0872-3540. 

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