Rui Águas (footballer)
|Full name||José Rui Lopes Águas|
|Date of birth||28 April 1960|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Lisbon, Águas started his career with local G.D. Sesimbra before turning professional in the 1983–84 season, when he signed for Portimonense S.C. in the top division from Atlético Clube de Portugal.
Moving to S.L. Benfica in 1985, Águas scored an average of 12 goals in his first spell, helping the capital club to the league on three occasions. He was present at the 1988 European Cup final, as the Eagles lost on penalties to PSV Eindhoven, 5–6.
In the 1988 summer, Águas joined FC Porto, winning the league in his second year and contributing to the conquest with 17 goals. However, he returned to Benfica after only two years, and proceeded to net a career-best 25 times in the first season upon his return as the team finished in top position; in the last round against S.C. Beira-Mar, the game after the club had been crowned champions, he bagged two second-half goals in an eventual 3–0 home win, narrowly edging Porto's Domingos – who played first and scored four in a 5–0 triumph against Vitória de Guimarães, finishing with 24 – in the Bola de Prata race.
In the last edition of the European Cup, Águas suffered an horrific foot injury against FC Dynamo Kyiv, but still managed five league goals in only 14 contests. Already 34, he moved clubs but stayed in the capital, joining lowly C.F. Estrela da Amadora; his career ended after an abroad spell which was his first and only at the age of 34, at Italy's A.C. Reggiana 1919.
Águas played his first match for Portugal on 3 April 1985, a 0–2 defeat with Italy in a friendly match. He was present at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, playing as a substitute in the 1–3 defeat against Morocco.
|1||20 September 1989||Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–2||1–2||1990 World Cup qualification|
|2||6 October 1989||Generali Arena, Prague, Czechoslovakia||Czechoslovakia||1–1||2–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
|3||11 October 1989||Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken, West Germany||Luxembourg||0–1||0–3||1990 World Cup qualification|
|4||11 October 1989||Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken, West Germany||Luxembourg||0–2||0–3||1990 World Cup qualification|
|5||29 August 1990||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||West Germany||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|6||17 October 1990||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|7||23 January 1991||Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece||Greece||1–1||3–2||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|8||20 February 1991||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||Malta||1–0||5–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|9||24 January 1993||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||0–1||0–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|10||10 November 1993||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Estonia||3–0||3–0||1994 World Cup qualification|
Águas' father, José, was a stellar footballer (also striker) for Benfica, mainly in the 50's. He had two siblings, his sister Maria Helena (known as Lena d'Água) having a prolific career in the country's pop music.
Águas' cousin, Raul Águas, was also a footballer and manager for several years.
- Primeira Liga: 1986–87, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Taça de Portugal: 1985–86, 1986–87, 1992–93
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1985; Runner-up 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993
- European Cup: Runner-up 1987–88
- Primeira Liga: Top Scorer 1990–91
- European Cup: Top Scorer 1987–88
- Taça de Portugal: Top Scorer 1985–86
- "Nº12 – José Rui Lopes Águas" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- "Rui Águas e Kelvin: eles contam como se decide um Clássico" [Rui Águas and Kelvin: they will tell you how to decide a classic] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- ""O Luís Pedro [Fonseca] é que tinha tudo na cabeça. Ele era o doutrinador" – recorde entrevista com Lena d'Água em 2010" ["Luís Pedro [Fonseca] was the one that had everything in his head. He was the indoctrinator" – remember interview with Lena d'Água in 2010] (in Portuguese). Blitz. June 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2015.