Virgílio Mendes

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Virgílio Mendes
Personal information
Full name Virgílio Marques Mendes
Date of birth (1926-11-17)17 November 1926
Place of birth Entroncamento, Portugal
Date of death 24 April 2009(2009-04-24) (aged 82)
Place of death Porto, Portugal
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1943–1946 Ferroviários
1946–1947 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1962 Porto 346 (5)
National team
1949–1960 Portugal 39 (0)
Teams managed
1966 Porto
1979–1980 Mirandela
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Virgílio Marques Mendes (17 November 1926 – 24 April 2009) was a Portuguese professional footballer, noticed as a leading figure of FC Porto and the Portuguese national team during the 1950s.[1]

Career[edit]

He won the national Primeira Divisão championship title twice with FC Porto, in the 1955-56 and 1958-59 seasons. For the national team, Virgílio debuted in a friendly 1–4 loss to Italy on 27 February 1949, in a game that earned him the nickname of "O Leão de Génova" (The Lion of Genoa), for whom he would be known for the rest of his career.

He was a constant figure in the national team for the next 11 years, and he played in the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cup qualification. The last one is remembered for the historical 3–0 win over Italy, which ultimately resulted in the Italians missing the 1958 FIFA World Cup to Northern Ireland, the only time the Italians have missed a World Cup tournament. Virgílio's last game came at age 33, in the Euro 1960 1–5 quarter-final loss to Yugoslavia, on 22 May 1960. That would be his 39th cap for the national team, which made Virgílio the most capped Portuguese football player of his time.

He coached FC Porto for a brief period in 1966 as a caretaker, when he succeeded Flávio Costa in his second stint with the club. He also managed SC Mirandela in the 1979–80 season, leading the team to the first place of the Third Division – Série A.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 1947–48 17 1 1 0 18 1
1948–49 20 1 3 0 23 1
1949–50 22 1 0 0 22 1
1950–51 26 0 4 0 30 0
1951–52 24 0 7 0 31 0
1952–53 19 0 7 0 26 0
1953–54 25 0 4 0 29 0
1954–55 26 0 2 0 28 0
1955–56 26 0 5 0 31 0
1956–57 26 0 4 0 2a 0 32 0
1957–58 19 0 9 0 28 0
1958–59 20 1 9 1 29 2
1959–60 24 0 9 0 2a 0 35 0
1960–61 26 1 11 0 37 1
1961–62 26 0 6 0 32 0
1962–63 4 0 1b 0 5 0
Career Total 346 5 85 1 5 0 436 6

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Porto

Manager[edit]

Mirandela

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virgílio:«Dentro das quatro linhas era muito endiabrado»" (in Portuguese). Record. 12 June 2002. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "CM Mirandela/Sport Clube de Mirandela" (in Portuguese). cm-mirandela.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2016.