José Augusto de Almeida

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José Augusto
Personal information
Full name José Augusto Pinto de Almeida
Date of birth (1937-04-13) 13 April 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1951–1955 Barreirense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1959 Barreirense 98 (50)
1959–1969 Benfica 246 (113)
Total 344 (163)
National team
1958–1968 Portugal 45 (9)
Teams managed
1970 Benfica (caretaker)
1970–1971 Benfica (assistant)
1971–1973 Portugal
1973–1975 Vitória Setúbal
1976–1978 Portimonense
1978–1980 Barreirense
1980–1987 Portugal (youth / U21)
1987–1989 Farense
1989–1990 Penafiel
1992–1993 Amora
1994–1995 Logroñés
1996–1997 Alverca
KAC Marrakech
FUS Rabat
2004–2007 Portugal (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Augusto Pinto de Almeida (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ awˈɡuʃtu]; born 13 April 1937), known as José Augusto, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a right winger, and a coach.

He played most of his career with Benfica, for which he appeared in 369 official games and scored 174 goals, winning 13 major titles including eight national championships and two European Cups.[1]

Club career[edit]

José Augusto (fifth player from left) with Benfica in a friendly match against Ajax in 1965

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, José Augusto started playing with local F.C. Barreirense, spending four seasons in the Primeira Liga with the club. In the 1959 summer he joined S.L. Benfica, going on to be part of the club's legendary offensive unit that also included Mário Coluna, Eusébio, António Simões and José Torres. He and his teammates won two European Cups, in 1961 and 1962, and still reached a further three finals in the decade; in the 1960–61 domestic league season he scored a career-best 24 goals in only 25 games, helping the side to the title.

José Augusto retired early into the 1969–70 campaign at the age of 32, immediately being named Benfica's head coach and leading Benfica to the second position behind Sporting Clube de Portugal. He subsequently worked with several clubs, including S.C. Farense and F.C. Penafiel in the top level.

In 1994–95, in what was his first experience abroad, José Augusto was one of five managers in charge of CD Logroñés, as the club was relegated from La Liga with an all-time low 13 points.[2]

International career[edit]

José Augusto made his debut for Portugal on 7 May 1958, in a 1–2 friendly loss against England. He played a further 44 matches for the national team during one full decade, and scored nine goals.

José Augusto was selected for the 1966 FIFA World Cup squad, playing all games and netting three times for the eventual third-placed team, twice against Hungary in the opener (3–1, the first in the first minute) and once against North Korea in the quarter-finals (5–3).[3]

As a manager, he had a two-year spell with the national side, leading it to the runner-up position in the Brazil Independence Cup and through the unsuccessful 1974 World Cup qualifying campaign. In the 80s, he was in charge of the youth teams, helping develop Carlos Queiroz; additionally, he was an assistant in the UEFA Euro 1984 finals in France.

From 2004 to 2007, José August coached the women's national team.

José Augusto de Almeida: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 April 1963 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Brazil 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 29 April 1964 Hardturm, Zurich, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–3 2–3 Friendly
3 3 May 1964 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–2 1–2 Friendly
4 12 June 1966 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Norway 2–0 4–0 Friendly
5 12 June 1966 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Norway 4–0 4–0 Friendly
6 13 July 1966 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  Hungary 1–0 3–1 1966 FIFA World Cup
7 13 July 1966 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  Hungary 2–1 3–1 1966 FIFA World Cup
8 23 July 1966 Goodison Park, Liverpool, England  North Korea 5–3 5–3 1966 FIFA World Cup
9 11 December 1968 Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 0–1 4–2 1970 World Cup qualification











  1. ^ "José Augusto" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Colocarse en puestos de descenso o promoción, pasaporte hacia el paro" [Relegation or play-off standings, ticket to unemployment]. ABC (in Spanish). 29 December 1994. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing: 48. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540. 
  5. ^ "Eric Batty’s World XI – The Sixties" (in Spanish). Beyond the Last Man. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 

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