João Lourenço

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João Lourenço
Personal information
Full name João de Matos Moura Lourenço
Date of birth (1942-04-08) 8 April 1942 (age 75)
Place of birth Alcobaça, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Alcobaça
1961–1964 Académica 56 (40)
1964–1972 Sporting CP 151 (92)
Total 207 (132)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

João de Matos Moura Lourenço (born 8 April 1942) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Born in Alcobaça, Lourenço started playing football in 1960 with local G.C. Alcobaça. After one season, he signed for Associação Académica de Coimbra.

In the 1964 summer, Lourenço joined Primeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Portugal, remaining in Lisbon eight years and winning the 1966 and 1970 national championships. He was a member of the Portugal squad that participated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, but did not make any appearance in the competition for the eventual third-placed team,[1] eventually being the only player called for the tournament that would never be capped.[2]

Lourenço retired from football in June 1972, aged only 30. He scored 145 goals in 219 official games for the Lions, including 93 in the league. In a rainy afternoon in October 1965, he netted four in a 4–2 away win against S.L. Benfica as Sporting went on to win the domestic championship; in European competition he added 18, only being surpassed many years later by Liédson.[3]


  1. ^ 1966 FIFA World Cup: Portugal Squad Archived 31 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; at
  2. ^ "A lenda dos Magriços começou há 50 anos" [The legend of the Magriços started 50 years ago]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Lourenço: o homem do Poker na Luz (Lourenço: Pokerman at the Estádio da Luz); Zerozero, 17 November 2011 (in Portuguese)

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