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António Veloso
Personal information
Full name António Augusto Silva Veloso
Date of birth January 31, 1957 (1957-01-31) (age 52)
Place of birth    São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Estrela Amadora (coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1977–1978
1978–1980
1980–1995
Sanjoanense
Beira-Mar
Benfica
27 (1)
56 (4)
419 (9)   
National team
1981–1994 Portugal 40 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000
2000–2001
2002
2002–2003
2006–2007
2008–2009
2009–
Alverca
Atlético
Benfica
Benfica B
Atlético Malveira
AD Oeiras
Estrela Amadora

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

António Augusto da Silva Veloso (born January 31, 1957 in São João da Madeira) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played most notably with S.L. Benfica.

A gritty defender who could appear in the flanks and on occasion in the middle, he was also a Portugal international.

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Club career

Veloso starting playing football with hometown A.D. Sanjoanense, then moved to S.C. Beira-Mar for a further two seasons.

He joined Portuguese League giants S.L. Benfica in 1980–81, and was an everpresent fixture until his retirement, helping the capital side to seven leagues and five cups. Veloso also played at the UEFA Cup final in 1983, as Benfica lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate and, most notably, in the 1988 European Champions Cup final, where he missed the penalty shootout attempt that gave PSV Eindhoven the final win (5–6).

An injury left him out of the team that surprinsingly reached the 1989–90 final, lost to A.C. Milan. Veloso retired at 38, after 15 seasons with Benfica and more than 500 overall appearances. He subsequently became a coach, managing Benfica's seniors late in 2001–02, then moving to its B team, which folded soon after.

International career

Veloso had 40 caps for Portugal, making his debut in a 2–1 win over Scotland, on November 18, 1981, in a 1982 World Cup qualifier. He played at UEFA Euro 1984, where Portugal reached the semi-finals, and was left outside the 1986 FIFA World Cup team, due to a doping test that was later proved to be fake.

His last game was a 2–2 draw with Spain on January 19, 1994, in a friendly match, aged 36.

Honours

Personal

Veloso's son, Miguel, is also a professional footballer. After an unassuming youth spell at Benfica, he went on to represent, with success, neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal, also reaching the national team.

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