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Shéu with Benfica in 2012
Personal information
Full name Shéu Han
Date of birth (1953-08-03) 3 August 1953 (age 66)
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 (born 3 August 1953), simply known as Shéu (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃɛw]), is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

He represented solely Benfica during a 17-year professional career. He also served as their caretaker manager in 1999.[1]

Club career[edit]

Shéu, who has Chinese ancestry, was born in Inhassoro, Portuguese Mozambique. He arrived in Portugal in 1970, joining S.L. Benfica's youth ranks and making his first appearance with the main squad in October 1972,[2] but only became a regular three seasons later.

Shéu would remain in Lisbon until the end of his career, even captaining the team from 1987 to 1988. He was an important member in the conquest of nine Primeira Liga 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,[3][4] and also helped his only club to the 1987–88 European Cup final, 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 in May 1989,[2] Shéu became a coach, serving as assistant for Benfica and in other several directorial capacities for more than two decades.[5][6][7] In May 1999, after Graeme Souness' departure, he acted as interim manager.[8]

Shéu left his post as technical secretary at the end of the 2017–18 campaign, but he remained at the Estádio da Luz.[9]

International career[edit]

Shéu was capped 24 times for the Portugal national team, scoring one goal.[10] His debut came in a 1–3 defeat to Italy in Turin on 7 April 1976, in a friendly match,[11] and his last appearance was in Bern, a 1–1 draw with Switzerland on 29 October 1986 for the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers.[12]

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[12]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Casos semelhantes em Portugal" [Similar cases in Portugal]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 November 2009. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Fernandes Garcia, Filipa (15 October 2018). "Shéu estreou-se há 46 anos" [Shéu debuted 46 years ago]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  3. ^ "1983 – Benfica perde final da UEFA" [1983 – Benfica lose UEFA final]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 15 August 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  4. ^ European Competitions 1982–83; at RSSSF
  5. ^ "Pedro Henriques: «Expliquei a Shéu Han que a expulsão foi por palavras»" [Pedro Henriques: «I explained Shéu Han the sending off was due to words»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Shéu: Exemplo de dedicação" [Shéu: Example of dedication]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Um homem simples há 47 anos a servir o Benfica" [A simple man serving Benfica for 47 years]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 May 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ Harris, Nick (4 May 1999). "Football: Mystery as Souness banned by Benfica". The Independent. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  9. ^ Nogueira, Carlos (7 July 2018). "Shéu deixa de ser secretário técnico do Benfica" [Shéu is no longer Benfica's technical secretary]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  10. ^ Portugal – Record International Players; at RSSSF
  11. ^ Italy – International Matches 1970–1979; at RSSSF
  12. ^ a b Switzerland 1–1 Portugal; UEFA, 29 October 1986
  13. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 72. ISSN 3846-0823.
  14. ^ a b c "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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