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Fernando Gomes
Personal information
Full name Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes
Date of birth November 22, 1956 (1956-11-22) (age 53)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 Porto 158 (125)
1980–1982 Sporting de Gijón 027 0(12)
1982–1989 Porto 184 (163)
1989–1991 Sporting CP 063 0(30)
Total 432 (330)
National team
1975–1988 Portugal 048 0(13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes (born 22 November 1956) is a Portuguese former football striker, who achieved great success with Futebol Clube do Porto during the late 1970s and '80s.

While technically only a good player, his talent resided on a fantastic position sense, which made him very dangerous inside the six-yard box.


Football career

Showing great ability since entering FC Porto's youth squads, Gomes scored twice in his first-team debut against CUF in 1974. Except for a brief two-year stint with Sporting de Gijón, when most key players left the club in support of chairman Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, he was on all important moments of the rebirth of the club: the 20-year draught end in 1978–79, the first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Juventus in 1984 and, while he missed the 1987 Champions' Cup final against Bayern Munich after breaking a leg days before, he scored five goals in the club's victorious campaign, including the important second goal against Dynamo Kyiv, in the semifinals. He recovered still in time to play in the European Supercup against Ajax and the Intercontinental Cup against Peñarol, on both occasions captaining the victor.

In addition, Gomes also won five leagues, three Portuguese Cups and three Portuguese SuperCups. Due to personality clashes with the club's board, he left for Sporting Clube de Portugal, ending his career in 1990–91, still netting 22 league goals in his final season, and also helping the Lions to that year's UEFA Cup semifinals, aged 34.

He retired with 318 career goals in 405 matches; his nickname, Bi-bota, was given after the two European Golden Boot awards he received, in 1983 and 1985. He remained the best goalscorer in the national territory for more than two decades, only behind Benfica's Nené.

International career

For the national team, Gomes scored 13 times in 48 matches, from 9 March 1975 until 16 November 1988, a game against Luxembourg for the 1990 World Cup qualifiers, scoring the game's lone goal.

He represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup.


  • Gomes once was quoted saying "Scoring a goal is like having an orgasm."
  • Benfica striker Nuno Gomes, a regular on the Portuguese national team and a member of Portugal's Golden Era of football, chose that nickname in deference to him.





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