Fernando Cruz

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For the Colombian Olympic cyclist, see Fernando Cruz (cyclist).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Conceição and the second or paternal family name is Cruz.
Fernando Cruz
Personal information
Full name Fernando da Conceição Cruz
Date of birth (1940-08-12) 12 August 1940 (age 76)
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.







  1. ^ Fernando Cruz – Futebolista (Fernando Cruz – Footballer); at Bairro da Liberdade (Portuguese)
  2. ^ Results – 1960 to 1965; at England FC
  3. ^ a b c d "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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