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Shéu in 2012
Personal information
Full name Shéu Han
Date of birth (1953-08-03) 3 August 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Inhassoro, Mozambique
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1970–1972 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1989 Benfica 349 (33)
National team
1976–1986 Portugal 24 (1)
Teams managed
1999 Benfica (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Shéu Han (Chinese: 邵汉; born 3 August 1953), known simply as Shéu, is a former Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

He represented solely Benfica, during a 17-year career. He also served Benfica as caretaker manager in 1999.

Club career[edit]

Shéu, who has Chinese ancestry, was born in Inhassoro, Portuguese Mozambique. He arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1970, joining S.L. Benfica's youth ranks. He made his first appearance with the main squad in 1972, but only became a regular three seasons later.

Shéu would remain there until the end of his career, even captaining the team from 1987 to 1988. He was an important member in the conquest of nine national championships and six domestic cups.

In addition, Shéu played in the 1983 UEFA Cup Final which Benfica lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate, scoring the leading goal in the return leg in Lisbon,[1] and also helped his only club to the 1987–88 European Cup final, which ended in a penalty shootout loss to PSV Eindhoven. He retired with 349 league games, only surpassed in midfield by another club legend and countryman, Mário Coluna.

After ending his career Shéu became a manager, serving as assistant coach for Benfica and in other several directorial capacities for more than two decades.

International career[edit]

Shéu was capped 24 times for the Portuguese national team, scoring one goal.[2] His debut came in a 1–3 defeat to Italy in Turin on 7 April 1976, in a friendly match,[3] and his last appearance was in Bern, a 1–1 draw with Switzerland on 29 October 1986 for the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers.[4]

Shéu also featured for the nation during Euro 1984's qualifying campaign, but did not make the final squad which eventually finished as semi-finalists in France.

Shéu: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 September 1981 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 2–0 2–0 Friendly



See also[edit]


  1. ^ European Competitions 1982–83; at RSSSF
  2. ^ Portugal – Record International Players; at RSSSF
  3. ^ Italy – International Matches 1970–1979; at RSSSF
  4. ^ Switzerland 1–1 Portugal;, 29 October 1986
  5. ^ a b c d "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 54. ISSN 0872-3540. 

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