Mário Jorge

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Mário Jorge
Personal information
Full name Mário Jorge da Silva Pinto Fernandes
Date of birth (1961-07-24) 24 July 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1980 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1989 Sporting CP 182 (13)
1989–1990 Beira-Mar 23 (1)
1990–1991 Sporting CP 8 (1)
1991–1993 Estrela Amadora 14 (1)
1994–1995 Estoril 8 (0)
Total 235 (16)
National team
1983–1987 Portugal 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mário Jorge da Silva Pinto Fernandes (born 24 July 1961), known as Mário Jorge, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Mário Jorge made his professional debuts at Sporting Clube de Portugal at the age of 18, playing one match in 1979–80 as the Lisbon club won the Primeira Liga championship. He would already be an important midfield unit as the team conquered it again two seasons later, the last for the following 18 years.

After only 12 games in 1988–89, Mário Jorge left Sporting and signed for fellow league side S.C. Beira-Mar, but returned to where he had come from at the end of the campaign, again being rarely played. He concluded his career in 1995 after stints with two other teams from the capital, C.F. Estrela da Amadora and G.D. Estoril Praia, both in the second level (he joined the latter after two years of inactivity).

International career[edit]

Mário Jorge gained nine caps for Portugal, seven of those coming after the 1986 FIFA World Cup following the defection of practically all of the national team squad due to the infamous Saltillo Affair. His debut, however, took place on 8 June 1983, when he featured the full 90 minutes in a 0–4 friendly loss against Brazil in Coimbra.

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