|Full name||Mário Wilson|
|Date of birth||17 October 1929|
|Place of birth||Lourenço Marques, Mozambique|
|Date of death||3 October 2016(aged 86)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1948–1949||Desportivo Lourenço Marques|
|1986–1987||Cova da Piedade|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Subsequently he embarked in a lengthy managerial career in the country, which lasted more than 30 years and also included two spells at his main club, and several more at Benfica.
Born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, Wilson joined Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1949 aged 19, arriving from local Grupo Desportivo de Lourenço Marques. He started his career as a forward.
After two seasons with the Lions, Wilson signed for fellow top division side Académica de Coimbra, where he would remain for the rest of his career, retiring in June 1963 at nearly 34 years of age. His best individual season was 1951–52 when he scored five goals in 24 games for the Students, who finished in seventh position (out of 14 teams).
One year after retiring, Wilson began working as a coach, spending his first five years with Académica – which he led to a best-ever second position in 1966–67, as well as the season's Portuguese Cup final – then working three seasons with C.F. Os Belenenses. He first managed S.L. Benfica in the 1975–76 campaign, winning the national championship; during his early spell with the latter he coined the phrase "Anyone who coaches Benfica risks being champion", having been dubbed whilst still a player O Velho Capitão (Portuguese for "The Old Captain").
In the late 70s, Wilson accumulated duties at Vitória de Guimarães and the Portuguese national team, being in charge of the latter during the unsuccessful UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying campaign. From 1980 to 1983 he again worked with Académica, two of those seasons being spent in the second division; until the end of the decade, he would be in charge of no fewer than six clubs, coaching Louletano D.C. and G.D. Estoril Praia in two different spells.
Wilson replaced fired Artur Jorge at the helm of Benfica after the third round in 1995–96, leading the team to the second position and the season's domestic cup. As an interim he also managed the club in three matches in two different campaigns (1996–97 and the following), winning two and losing one.
Wilson's last coaching job was in 1998–99 at the age of 69, with another Lisbon-based club, F.C. Alverca, eventually leading the team out of the relegation zone in the top level. In the following years he worked with the Portuguese Professional Footballers' Union, organizing actions for unemployed players, and also opened up his own football school, Mr. Wilson, in the Portuguese capital area.
Personal life and death
Wilson's son, also named Mário (born 1954), was also a footballer. A midfielder, he too played for Académica and Benfica (only 11 games in three seasons combined with the latter), competing professionally from 1973 to 1986.
- In A Bola: Capitão Mário Wilson já tem 80 anos (In A Bola: Captain Mário Wilson is already 80); Pardalinhos do Choupal, 19 October 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Mário Wilson; Vedeta ou Marreta?, 23 October 2006 (in Portuguese)
- Faleceu Mário Wilson (Mário Wilson has passed away); S.L. Benfica, 3 October 2016 (in Portuguese)
- Morreu Mário Wilson, ex-futebolista, treinador e seleccionador (Mário Wilson, former footballer, coach and national team manager, has died); Público, 3 October 2016 (in Portuguese)
- Fernanda, Pedro (3 October 2016). "Morreu Mário Wilson, o primeiro técnico português campeão pelo Benfica" [Mário Wilson, the first Portuguese coach champion for Benfica, has died]. O Jornal Económico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 October 2016.
- Rias, Carlos (May 2012). Mário Wilson, o velho capitão [Mário Wilso, the old captain] (First ed.). PrimeBooks. ISBN 978-989-655-131-5.