Jordão in 1972
|Full name||Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão|
|Date of birth||9 August 1952|
|Place of birth||Benguela, Angola|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portugal's football, his career was mainly associated with two of the biggest clubs in the country, Benfica and Sporting, winning the Silver Ball award twice, once with each club.
Born in Benguela, Portuguese Angola, Jordão moved in his teens to Portugal's S.L. Benfica, making his professional debuts in 1971–72. He played 17 games and scored six goals in his debut campaign, appearingly slightly less in his second (but still contributing with five successful strikes) as Benfica won back-to-back top division titles, only losing one match in the course of the two seasons combined.
After improving his displays at Benfica, Jordão signed with Spanish side Real Zaragoza in the 1976 summer, netting regularly but being relegated from La Liga, after which he returned to his country of adoption, signing with Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Jordão enjoyed his best years with the Lions, only scoring once in single digits in his first seven seasons, which included an astonishing 57 goals combined in the seasons where the team won the league (1980, 1982). At the age of 35 he moved to Vitória de Setúbal, reuniting with former Sporting teammate Manuel Fernandes, another prolific veteran goalscorer; he closed out his career two years later, one after Fernandes, having netted more than 200 goals – 214 exactly – in Portugal's league alone.
In early 1972, Jordão won the first of his 43 caps for Portugal, against Cyprus for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Also in that year he was picked for the squad that lost the Brazilian Independence Cup, 0–1 against hosts Brazil.
On 13 November 1983 Jordão scored the decisive goal against the Soviet Union, as the national side won 1–0 in Lisbon and qualified for UEFA Euro 1984. In the final stages Portugal managed to reach the semi-finals, where the player netted twice against hosts France in Marseille on 23 June 1984: Portugal led 2–1 with only six minutes to go in extra-time, after individual efforts and assists by Fernando Chalana, but eventually lost 2–3.
Jordão played his last international in 1989, at nearly 37, precisely in the year of his club retirement.
|1||29 March 1972||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Cyprus||4–0||4–0||1974 World Cup qualification|
|2||6 July 1972||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Soviet Union||1–0||1–0||Brazilian Independence Cup|
|3||14 November 1973||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–1||1974 World Cup qualification|
|4||9 October 1977||Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||0–1||2–4||1978 World Cup qualification|
|5||24 September 1980||Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy||Italy||1–1||3–1||Friendly|
|6||19 November 1980||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–0||1982 World Cup qualification|
|7||17 December 1980||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Israel||2–0||3–0||1982 World Cup qualification|
|8||28 October 1981||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||1–1||4–1||1982 World Cup qualification|
|9||21 September 1983||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Finland||1–0||5–0||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|10||13 November 1983||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Soviet Union||1–0||1–0||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|11||2 June 1984||Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal||Yugoslavia||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|12||2 June 1984||Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal||Yugoslavia||2–1||2–3||Friendly|
|13||23 June 1984||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||France||1–1||3–2||UEFA Euro 1984|
|14||23 June 1984||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||France||1–2||3–2||UEFA Euro 1984|
|15||14 November 1984||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Sweden||1–0||1–3||1986 World Cup qualification|
- Primeira Liga: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76
- Taça de Portugal: 1971–72; Runner-up 1973–74, 1974–75
- Primeira Liga: 1979–80, 1981–82
- Taça de Portugal: 1977–78, 1981–82; Runner-up 1978–79
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1982
- EURO's greatest games; UEFA.com, 24 June 2008