Francisco Alves Albino

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Full name Francisco Alves Albino
Date of birth (1912-11-02)2 November 1912
Place of birth Tortosendo, Serra da Estrela, Portugal
Date of death 25 February 1993(1993-02-25) (aged 80)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1929–1932 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1945 Benfica 172 (12)
National team
1935–1939 Portugal 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Francisco Alves Albino (2 November 1912 – 25 February 1993), best known as Albino, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a midfielder.

Over the course of 13 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 172 games and twelve goals, spending the all of his career at Benfica, winning nine major titles.



Born in Tortosendo, a village in the vicinity of the Serra da Estrela, Albino arrived at Benfica at the age of 17, under Arthur John reign, to represent the youth teams.

A slender, but hard-working footballer; at 20 years old, manager Ribeiro dos Reis gave him, a opportunity with the first team, when they faced Braga Regional team in a friendly on 26 December 1932. His official debut came twelve days later, in a home win against F.C. Barreirense.[1]

Over the next decade, he assumed a vital role in the midfield of Benfica, first at the right, and later at the middle, playing side by side with Gaspar Pinto and Francisco Ferreira.[2] His teammates nicknamed him Tempero (seasoning) because of his trademark quote — Quando é que vem o tempero? (When does the seasoning arrive?) — in reference to the prize money awarded for wins.[3]

He played his last match on 8 April 1945 in a five-nil trashing of Vitória de Guimarães, after well over 300 official games, and with six championship's won. For his dedication, the club awarded him with the Sócio de Mérito (Merit Member) and Águia de Prata (Silver Eagle).[4]


Albino made his debut for Portugal, against Spain in a 3–3 draw on 5 May 1935.[5] He was capped 10 times, with his last in a 2–4 loss against Switzerland on 12 February 1939.[6]



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  1. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 681.
  2. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 127-194.
  3. ^ "Francisco Albino". 
  4. ^ "Nº230 - Albino". Vedeta ou Marreta. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Portugal 3-3 Spain". 
  6. ^ "Portugal 2-4 Switzerland". 
  7. ^ "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese) (Portugal: Impresa Publishing): 40. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540. 

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