Luís Norton de Matos

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Luís Norton de Matos
Personal information
Full name Luís Maria Cabral Norton de Matos
Date of birth (1953-12-14) 14 December 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
India U17 (coach)
Youth career
1970–1971 Estoril
1971–1972 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Benfica 0 (0)
1973–1974 Académica (loan) 16 (1)
1974–1976 Estoril
1976–1977 Atlético 28 (6)
1977–1978 Belenenses 29 (3)
1978–1981 Standard Liège 65 (17)
1981–1984 Portimonense 75 (19)
1984–1986 Belenenses 53 (6)
1986–1987 Estrela Amadora
National team
1982 Portugal 5 (1)
Teams managed
1989–1990 Atlético
1991–1993 Barreirense
1993–1995 Espinho
2001–2002 Espinho
2003–2004 Salgueiros
2005 Vitória Setúbal
2006 Vitória Guimarães
2008–2011 Étoile Lusitana
2010–2012 Guinea-Bissau
2012–2013 Benfica B
2014 Chaves
2015–2016 União Madeira
2017– India U17 (coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luís Maria Cabral Norton de Matos (born 14 December 1953) is a former Portuguese footballer who played as a forward, and a current coach.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 210 games and 36 goals over the course of nine seasons, representing in the competition Académica, Estoril, Atlético, Belenenses and Portimonense. In 1989 he became a manager, going on to work with several clubs.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Norton de Matos began playing professionally with local S.L. Benfica, but only appeared for the reserves in official games, also being loaned to Académica de Coimbra where he made his Primeira Liga debuts.[1] Released by Benfica in the 1974 summer, he spent three of the following four years also in the top flight, with G.D. Estoril Praia, Atlético Clube de Portugal and C.F. Os Belenenses, scoring a total of ten league goals combined.[2][3][4]

In 1978, Norton de Matos moved abroad and joined Standard Liège in Belgium, helping the team to the second position in the Belgian Pro League in his second season and adding the 1981 Belgian Cup. Aged nearly 28, he returned home and signed with Portimonense SC, scoring a career-best 12 goals in the 1981–82 campaign as the Algarve club finished in sixth position.[5]

Norton de Matos retired in June 1987 at the age of 33 years and six months, after spells with Belenenses (two seasons) and C.F. Estrela da Amadora (second level). He gained five caps for Portugal, all in 1982.

Luís Norton de Matos: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
7 17 February 1982 AWD-Arena, Hannover, West Germany  West Germany 2–1 3–1[6] Friendly

Coaching career[edit]

Norton de Matos started coaching in 1989, his first job being with former club Atlético in the second division. He managed mainly in that and the third levels, his only top flight experience arriving in 2005–06 with Vitória de Setúbal: on 17 December 2005, in spite of the team's excellent overall performances (nine wins and only four losses in 15 games, and just four goals conceded, best in European football that season), he resigned due to the club's dreadful economic situation;[7] in the late 90s, he also worked as Sporting Clube de Portugal's director of football.[8]

In 2008, Norton de Matos moved to Guinea-Bissau, being appointed manager at Étoile Lusitana and also directing its football academy. Two years later, he was named coach of the national team of that country.

In the following years, Norton de Matos led S.L. Benfica B to the seventh place in the second tier in the 2012–13 season, being relegated from the top division with C.F. União in 2016.[9] On 1 March 2017, he was appointed by the All India Football Federation to its under-17 side.[10]


  1. ^ "Época 1973/74: Primeira Divisão" [1973/74 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Época 1975/76: Primeira Divisão" [1975/76 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Época 1976/77: Primeira Divisão" [1976/77 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Época 1977/78: Primeira Divisão" [1977/78 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Época 1981/82: Primeira Divisão" [1981/82 season: First Division] (in Portuguese). Arquivos da Bola. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "3–1: Alemania, cómoda ante Portugal" [3–1: Germany, at ease against Portugal]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 February 1982. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Norton de Matos justifica saída do V. Setúbal com palavras do presidente" [Norton de Matos justifies V. Setúbal exit with words from president] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Vitória Setúbal: Norton de Matos e a viragem para França (Vitória de Setúbal: Norton de Matos and the turn to France); Rui Malheiro Weblog, 30 June 2005 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ "Norton de Matos de saída do União da Madeira" [Norton de Matos to leave União da Madeira] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Luis Norton de Matos appointed as head coach of U-17 WC team". All India Football Federation. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 

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