Santana (footballer)

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Santana in 1963
Personal information
Full name Joaquim Santana Silva Guimarães
Date of birth (1936-03-22)22 March 1936
Place of birth Lobito, Angola
Date of death 24 April 1989(1989-04-24) (aged 53)
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right half
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1967 Benfica 108 (51)
National team
1960–1965 Portugal 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joaquim Santana Silva Guimarães (22 March 1936 – 24 April 1989), known simply as Santana, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a right half.[1]

A Portuguese international, he played his entire career with Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Santana (second player from left) with Benfica in a friendly match against Ajax in 1965

Santana was born in Lobito, Benguela Province, Portuguese Angola. After starting playing football in Angola for Sport Clube da Catumbela, he joined Portuguese first division club S.L. Benfica at the age of 18, being definitely promoted to the first team two years later.

With Benfica, Santana appeared in 162 official games and scored 79 goals, winning six national championships and three Portuguese Cups. In the 1960–61 edition of the European Cup he played an essential role as the club won the competition, netting four goals in nine matches, including one in the final against FC Barcelona (3–2);[1] he lost his importance in the following seasons (which included two more European Cup finals), after the arrival of another player from the colonies, Eusébio.[2][3]

International career[edit]

Santana was capped five times for Portugal, scoring one goal. His debut came on 8 May 1960 against Yugoslavia for the 1960 European Nations' Cup, and he found the net in the 2–1 win in Lisbon, but the national team lost the second leg 1–5 and did not make it to the last-four in France.

Almost three years later, against Bulgaria at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Santana played his last game, a 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifier replay (0–1 loss).



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Santana (22/03/1936 – 24/04/1989)" (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Santana" (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joaquim Santana Silva Guimarães" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing: 47. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540. 

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